Firstly, do you have a UK supplier/manufacturer?
I'm looking to get a dark-smoke (transparent, but looks black until light shines through) acrylic front panel made. I don't really want to order a piece of perspex, then ship it over to the US.
If you don't have a UK manufacturer, can you source this material yourself?
Posted By: Andrew Clyne on May 01, 2012 01:20AM Category: Ordering
I wish to place an order for a panel to be shipped to Japan. The ordering software doesn't estimate the cost of shipping. If I place an order and mark 'other' as the shipping method, may I request the cheapest and slowest available shipping option available? I don't mind if it takes 6 weeks. Also, is C.O.D an option with shipping to Japan, or only credit card?
Posted By: William Simkin on Apr 29, 2012 04:33PM Category: Ordering
Thank you for contacting us with your inquiry.
We use UPS as standard carrier but also offer FedEx (on your account) and United States Postal Service (USPS).
USPS is usually the least expensive shipping option and can be requested as 'other'. We calculate the shipping charges when confirming your order prior to production.
You can also request a quote via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to verify the total costs before placing an order.
C.O.D is only an option when shipping via UPS.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on May 02, 2012 03:48AMReply
Can you provide either a stippled or crackle powder coat finish, or is the only option a smooth finish?
Posted By: glenn bilawsky on Apr 24, 2012 06:19PM Category: Production
Is there a way to engrave an arc or slpine. Also how about a triangle.
Posted By: Tom Mulligan on Apr 18, 2012 05:13PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Front Panel Designer's standard engraving objects are lines, rectangles, and circles. More complex shapes, or even logos, can be imported with "hpgl" engraving objects.
Check out our tutorial
All you need to do is design the arc, spline, triangle, etc. in a graphic program and export it as a plt file. Once you have done that, follow the steps outlined in the tutorial for the import into Front Panel Designer.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 18, 2012 08:26PMReply
I am trying to create a usb symbol. I made a hpgl file and when I import it I do not get any erroers but he size says .039 x .039 and I get no image and can not open properites. any advise.
Posted By: Tom Mulligan on Apr 19, 2012 06:18PMReply
Maybe an unit conversion problem from inch to mm? 0.39mm is tiny and wouldn't show.
Try this one usb.fpd
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 20, 2012 10:02PMReply
Perfect thank you
Posted By: Tom Mulligan on Apr 23, 2012 10:14PMReply
Noob here, just getting rolling. Are there any libraries of standard A/V connector templates? RCA-audio, RCA-Component, XLR, HDMI, etc.? Could not find them in the downloaded program as shipped.
Posted By: Mark Holland on Apr 12, 2012 12:42AM Category: Whishes
Thank you for downloading Front Panel Designer and checking it out. The standard library only goes so far with some common cutouts, including XLR connectors.
However, it is very easy to create your own library. Our tutorial, How to Create Macro Elements in Front Panel Designer shows how to create it in detail.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 18, 2012 09:03PMReply
I would like to order a black anodized plate with a hole pattern and engraved lettering.The ideal finished product would be an orange finish on all cut surfaces (holes, edges and lettering) and black everywhere else. Since other parts in the assembly will be orange anodized, it would be ideal to plate the finished panels with the other components as a batch. How would an additional anodizing pass affect the original black finish?
Posted By: Bryan Booth on Apr 06, 2012 10:41PM Category: Production
Thank you for contacting us with your inquiry.
It is potentially possible to accomplish what you are looking for with a very specialized anodizing process at a facility dedicated to these practices.
At Front Panel Express, our focus is on providing the highest quality surface finish possible, and to this end, all of our sheets come pre-anodized. This allows us to pick out any flaws in a sheet of material before machining, and we are able to keep the highest level of quality.
One way to attain a similar look to what you're after would be to begin with a sheet of orange acrylic, then paint the top surface black, then have us perform the machining.
Alternatively, you could layer a very thin layer of black aluminum on top of a thicker layer of orange aluminum to create a similar effect (orange infilling on the black panel engravings would have to suffice).
If we can provide any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Customer Service Manager
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Apr 07, 2012 01:49AMReply