I wish to make an oval shaped slot that has beveled edges. how can i do that?
So for example I want a .5" wide by 2" long oval slot with a 45 degree bevel on the inside edge. (not actual dimensions just for example)
Posted By: Dave Meyers on Apr 04, 2011 01:57AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us with your question.
I sent you an e-mail today with the desired object. Essentially, I created the oval in a 3rd party CAD program, then imported it as a free contour.
The beveling is done by special request. Notes for this can be left in the Remarks for Production in the front panel properties, or in the Shipping and Other tab in the ordering program.
Do not hesitate to let us know if you have additional questions.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Apr 05, 2011 09:27PMReply
I will be sending in my own panels for machining, however I am unsure as to how thick I should state they are in the FPE software.
The panels have "flanges" along their "circumference," used for mounting the side and top panels to the front and rear panels. Think of these as angle brackets which are permanently welded to the panel.
Further, the panels have actually been milled so that the bulk of the area is thinned out even further. This picture should (I hope) demonstrate what I mean:
All cutting would be in the thinned area only.
Given the thinned part is 4mm thick, the panel proper is 8mm thick, and the panel + flanges is 12mm high when laid on its back, which number should I put into the software?
I would guess 4mm, since this is the thickness to be cut. However, I am uncertain of how the cnc software actually works, if it is concerned with the thickness to be cut, or the total height of the total piece of metal.
I hope this all makes sense, it is rather confusing :( I am happy to clarify anything and everything.
Posted By: Douglas Krause on Apr 03, 2011 10:06PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us regarding your project.
You are quite correct, 4mm is the correct choice in this situation.
It is also worth mentioning that we verify all panel dimensions when we receive customer provided material, and we will adjust the thickness if necessary.
If we can be of any additional assistance, please let us know.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Apr 04, 2011 05:07PMReply
I have several macros that I use quite often that are just text.
The text is engraved with a white fill color.
Since the background color for the Macro Preview window is white, the macro is not visible in the preview, except the insertion points.
If text = white, then text in preview should = black.
Posted By: Terry Best on Mar 30, 2011 03:57PM Category: Whishes
Thank you for contacting us regarding Front Panel Designer.
I will report this to our software developers. I believe that when "Outline Mode" is selected in the View menu, the Macro Object view should also be in outline mode.
This mode turns all the engravings black, so there is no ambiguity between colors. I will also mention that the background color of the macro view could be changed to an off-white color.
Let us know if we can make any additional improvements.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Mar 30, 2011 06:20PMReply
How can I select a line engraving not by the middle but by the left ou right corner. It's for join two line with 90°
In the older release, it's is possible.
Posted By: NOËL François on Mar 13, 2011 10:08AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us regarding Front Panel Designer.
In our current release, there are eight small black squares available around the perimeter of a line engraving when it is selected.
The centered black boxes at the end of each line can be dragged to lengthen the line, while the entire line can be selected and dragged to move its position (much like what I believe you describe from our previous releases).
The important consideration is that in order to move the line and not adjust its length or angle, you must click and drag within the body of the line.
It is possible that I have misinterpreted your question, so please let me know if I can provide any additional assistance.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Mar 15, 2011 10:37PMReply
We use Front Panel Express frequently across our offices and as such we have initiated a plan for a company library of approved components. Here is a list of issues we have come up with that prevent us from managing and organizing this "library" efficiently:
* re-organizing of Macro shapes: please add support for dragging/dropping shapes to re-organize the library file
* "smarter parts": a lot of components have minimum or maximum panel thickness spec's. Currently there is no way to document this in a macro shape except in the name. Ideally, the Macro part would automatically adjust the mill-out depth depending on the thickness of the panel that the part is dropped own on.
* overlay/outline: a lot of components have a flange or similar that won't be machined. Currently, to facilitate proper placement of such parts (for example MIL style connectors), we have added a (red colored) outline to the macro part. This allows us to better visualize and space components on the front panel while guaranteeing that we don't have colliding flanges/parts, but we have to manually go in and un-group all the Macro parts and manually delete these outlines before ordering. As mentioned in another recent thread, a document or non-design layer would be very helpful.
* more "property" fields for macro's. These would be stored with the shape but have no machining effect. A little side-bar could show this information, or maybe add the fields to the "object properties" view? Fields we want to see are: vendor, part#, revision, Comments/Notes with the last being a larger text box. This would to some degree alleviate the fact that the parts are not smart as we could type in min/max panel thicknesses in the part comment section.
I'm sure I/we will have more questions/comments and requests, but mainly the main thing we have issues with right now are all related to the Macro implementation and features that are missing in that. We hope to see these improved soon!
If I was not clear on certain things, let me know and I can clarify. If you disagree, I'm open to discussions, maybe there is a better way or a good reason not to do something?
Thanks for reading!
Posted By: Kjell-Edmund Ims on Feb 24, 2011 07:11PM Category: Whishes
Thank you for contacting us regarding our software.
I will forward your comments along to our design team. There has been a lot of interest in integrating a non-design layer into the software. For several of your requests, a non-design layer would be very helpful (component outline, part number, vendor, etc.).
The panel thickness issue with macros is one that is quite tough to tackle. While some datasheets specify different cutouts for different panel thicknesses, others simply have a maximum panel thickness. On top of that, a designer could use cavities in our software to mount components to panels that are thicker than a datahseet allows. I have brought this up several times, and work is in progress for additions to be added to a later release of Front Panel Designer.
Keep the suggestions coming, many of the features available in the most recent version of Front Panel Designer were added from user requests.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Feb 25, 2011 09:59PMReply
I am designing a case for a VHF Transverter for amateur radio use.
I will use side profile 2 - 56mm high
Case will be 200mm x 250mm
I can find the dimensions of the cavity on the cover panels ok but how do I insert those onto a panel
I downloaded the templates but can't see where on the cover panels the slot information for the cavity is entered
hope that makes sense!
Posted By: Simon Lewis on Feb 24, 2011 11:23AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us regarding our enclosures.
To insert a cavity onto the panel, go to the "Insert" drop down menu and select "Cavity". From there, you can click the "M" key on the keyboard to specify where to place the cavity, then after you click "OK" another box will appear for the dimensions.
You can view more information regarding these procedures in our tutorials:
Also, we are available by e-mail to check over your design before ordering, or to offer additional technical support.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Feb 24, 2011 05:47PMReply
excellent! super service and I will check with your team before order that its all ok and I did the right thing :)
Posted By: Simon Lewis on Feb 24, 2011 10:47PMReply
who should I send the file to for checking?
I priced the panel but seems expensive to create a panel to fit .. so def needs checking!
pls advise what email to use
Posted By: Simon Lewis on Mar 03, 2011 06:55AMReply
Go ahead and send the file(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Mar 03, 2011 05:20PMReply