I'm used to using construction lines as a way of lining up things so that they are straight. Is there a way to place construction lines?
If not, how do you set a hole or other object to exact coordinates?
Posted By: Dave VanHorn on Jan 23, 2013 06:45PM Category: Front Panel Designer
You can snap objects to the grid (you define the distance in 'settings') or you can enter the exact coordinates.
There are two ways to enter the coordinates. Easiest way is to activate the 'object property' window under 'view.' It will show you all parameters of the selected object.
The other option is to select an object and right-click for the move option or just press 'm' on your keyboard. This will bring up the 'move' dialog with absolute and relative coordinates.
The coordinates are related to the origin you set. The origin can be anywhere. The point of origin, or zero point, is marked on a front panel with a blue cross. In order to move this point, select the option 'set origin' in the 'view' menu, or press the 'n' key. There are several ways to move the origin:
- Click the mouse in the location that you would like to move the point of origin to
- Insert exact coordinates by pressing 'm' to bring up the 'move' menu
- Using the numeric 10-key pad, imagine the key pad as coordinates within your panel. By pressing 1, 3, 7 or 9, the point of origin will be placed in the corresponding corner. 2, 4, 6 and 8 will move the point of origin to the midpoint of the corresponding edge, while 5 will move it to the center of the panel.
Check out one of our tutorials. It shows how to position objects.
I hope that gives you some ideas how to work with Front Panel Designer. Let me know if you have any other questions.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jan 24, 2013 07:21PMReply
I just received a panel that I'm pretty happy with but a few of the engraved letters have infill smudges. Is there a recommended solvent that can be used to clean this up without damaging the anodized finish?
Posted By: David Moylan on Jan 18, 2013 05:02AM Category: Production
That shouldn't have happened in the first place. I apologize for the poor paint infill quality. I will have our office contact you to bring the panel back to us and have it cleaned properly.
We use ethanol and paint thinner for cleaning. The anodized finish is resistant against chemicals.
Again, I apologize for the inconvenience.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jan 18, 2013 09:55PMReply
Thanks for the offer to return the panel but it's not necessary. The smudging was very minor; I didn't even notice it the first time I looked over the panel. Since you mentioned you used ethanol I tried some vodka on a q-tip and that did the trick.
Posted By: David Moylan on Jan 19, 2013 12:06AMReply
Since you mentioned you used ethanol I tried some vodka on a q-tip and that did the trick.
vodka, very imaginative and something we're always likely to have on hand. :-)
Posted By: willamp on Jul 13, 2013 04:04PMReply
I would like to make a front panel with rounded corners that has a 22degree bevel all the way around. is that possible? how do I calculate the cost of that??
Posted By: Dave Meyers on Jan 17, 2013 02:25AM Category: Front Panel Designer
we can mill 45 degree bevels all around (or partially around) a front panel. Cutouts can have bevels as well. However, the angle is determined by the tools we use and we currently only offer 45 degree angles. Another option is rounded edges. You can choose from radii of .5mm, 1mm, 1.5mm, 2.0mm, 2.5mm, and 3mm.
The current version of Front Panel Designer does not support bevels but we can add them for you upon request. All you need to do is add a note in the 'Remarks for Production' box. The cost of a single bevel is usually between $10 and $20. Feel free to request a quote from us for accurate pricing.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jan 18, 2013 10:10PMReply
is it possible to have a rounded edge cavity... (not only 4 corners, but actual cavity walls)
in other words, kind a "U" shape or half "O" type cavity,
side views ( U is my cavity)
| U |
top view ( ii is my cavity)
| ii |
| ii |
| ii |
Posted By: kam kam on Dec 29, 2012 08:57PM Category: Front Panel Designer
side holes_tapping, and curved cavity
Posted By: kam kam on Dec 31, 2012 01:03AMReply
When starting FPD, I get an error window indicating a problem with my user macros:
"Macro object database error:Macro objects are not available (26: SQLITE_NOTADB: file is encrypted or is not a database)"
C:\Program Files (x86)\FrontDesign\Macros.fm(read only)
The last entry points to a directory where I store our custom macros. It contains 1 file:
I suspect this is an old, and now unsupported format (a guess).
If I click OK to the dialog, FPD starts normally, however, there are no User macros listed in the Macros objects sidebar.
Is there a way to use my seemingly ancient, but coveted, macro file?
Posted By: Chris Knudsen on Dec 14, 2012 03:04PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I am very sorry for the late response. My inbox must have eaten the forum notification.
You can import old macro files by right-clicking on the "user" folder in the macro object window.
Happy New Year!
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Dec 31, 2012 08:30PMReply
I am designing a large panel which is compromised of 2 panels joined together in the middle. I have the entire left half done with all the cut outs done. Some are over the edge and must match perfectly with the other half. Is it possible to mirror the entire left panel to make the right half so it matches up perfectly with left half? Hope that makes sense.
Posted By: Rob A on Nov 24, 2012 04:01PM Category: Front Panel Designer
That must be a large design because our machines can handle 1170 x 870mm.
Front Panel Designer has a mirroring function. You can find it under 'Selection' in the toolbar. You can mirror horizontally or vertically. There are also a couple of options for the mirror axis. I like to mirror around 'Position of mirror axis.' Lets say you have the left side of your panel done and want to mirror it to the right. You want to place the origin of the panel on the right edge, select all the objects, choose mirror, select 'Position of mirror axis', enter '0' and check 'Apply to copy'. Now you can cut and paste the mirrored objects on a second panel.
However, all text will be mirrored too. You can fix that in the object properties (shft+crt+o). Just select all engravings and delete the minus in front of the x-scaling. Tip: make sure your text is aligned to center, otherwise it will take some time to mirror everything back.
I hope that is what you were looking for.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Nov 26, 2012 08:33AMReply