I need to have a circular island in a cavity. That is, if I'm starting with 4mm material, I need to have a rectangular area milled down 2mm but have a circle in the middle still up to full height. Can I do this with a circle-in-rectangle cavity (depth of 2.0mm but inner depth of 0.0mm)?
If this won't work, is there a way to do this, other than carving out a bunch of cavities around the island which will end up only kind-of circular?
Posted By: Ted Marshall on Apr 02, 2010 07:49PM Category: Front Panel Designer
You describe exactly the function of the object 'circle in rectangle cavity'.
The rectangle will be milled as a pocket and will leave the circle in the center as island.
You also can have the center milled down to a lower depth (let's say in your example to a depth of 1mm). In this case you would need to place a second 1 mm deep circular cavity on top of the island. The depth of all cavities is always absolute to the material surface not to another cavity.
And if you don't want the circle centered to the rectangle you only need to wait until April 12. Our new version of Front Panel Designer will offer an offset for the island. You will be able to move it in X and Y within the cavity.
The new version 4.0 can be downloaded from our website next Monday, April 12. It will be available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 03, 2010 06:22PMReply
This has happened before, I'll load up a project I'd been working on and the Object Properties window is gone. I can't get it back by selecting the menu item in the View menu. This is annoying because the only way to view an object's position, other than that window, is the "Move/Rotate" dialog. How do I get my Object Properties window back?
Posted By: Matt Watkins on Mar 29, 2010 08:38PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I think the object property window is still there but no longer visible on your screen.
You should get it back with the shortcut 'Crtl + O'. If this doesn't work you need to modify your screen resolution to get it back in the visible area.
We are sorry for the inconvenience and you are definitely right, this is very annoying.
Our new version FPD4 won't have this issue. Release is in two weeks on April 12.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 30, 2010 03:45AMReply
I have indeed relocated my PC temporarily to a workstation with a smaller monitor than my office one, so the property window is probably off-screen. Looking forward to version 4. (Just curious, will it include an 'enclosure wizard'?)
Posted By: Matt Watkins on Apr 05, 2010 11:46PMReply
Sorry, no enclosure wizard this time. Version 4.0 focuses on dxf imports of inner and outer contours.
Coming next will be the ability to choose material thicknesses up to 10mm and powder coating finish.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 10, 2010 08:52PMReply
Any plans to release a version for the mac?
Posted By: Steven Glaze on Mar 20, 2010 08:41AM Category: Whishes
yes, the first Mac OS X version will be released on April 12, 2010.
We are excited to announce the release of the new version of our free design software Front Panel Designer on April 12. Front Panel Designer 4.0 will
- offer you even more design flexibility
- allow you to import dxf contours for inner and outer shapes
- reduce our standard lead time to 5 business days
- be compatible with Mac OS X.
In case you want to get it earlier:
We will be releasing the new software early at the IPC APEX Expo in Las Vegas. Come and visit us April 6-8 at booth 2435 for an exclusive sneak peek.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 20, 2010 07:11PMReply
I need to use an inner panel in my enclosure to hang a potentiometer and I am planning to use housing brackets to fix it to the enclosure.
What are the dimensions of the bracket?
Posted By: gianluca sperti on Feb 25, 2010 04:31PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I'm building an enclosure using the side profile 1 assemblies. I need a bit more information so I can determine the height of my circuit board within the enclosure. What are the dimensions C, D, E, and F in the drawing below? I cannot find this information in the enclosure manual. Thank you.
Posted By: Glen Akins on Feb 21, 2010 06:33PM Category: Front Panel Designer
The dimension you are looking for are listed below
C = 4mm
D = 1.5mm
E = 1.5mm
F = 7mm
Posted By: Leland Savage on Feb 22, 2010 09:22PMReply
Thanks! That's exactly what I needed to know.
Posted By: Glen Akins on Feb 22, 2010 10:36PMReply
Perfect! I was looking for this info as well. Might help to update the enclosure manual.
Posted By: Matt Watkins on Aug 28, 2010 12:30AMReply
I'm building a project for which I will use two HiFi 2000 enclosures.
The GX388 and the GX283.
Do you have any templates for the front and rear panels please?
Posted By: Andy Michael on Jan 24, 2010 12:24PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Unfortunately we do not have templates for the HiFi 2000 enclosures. If you could possibly provide a DXF or DWG we could assist you in designing the enclosure.
Posted By: Leland Savage on Jan 25, 2010 11:00PMReply
I have the files.
Can you give me an email address to send them to please.
Posted By: Andy Michael on Jan 27, 2010 09:47PMReply
Please email the files to email@example.com
Posted By: Leland Savage on Jan 29, 2010 02:15AMReply
Can you provide me the files for the GX283 front panel?
Posted By: Gary Wood on Dec 06, 2010 05:11AMReply
Thank you for contacting us regarding these files. Oddly enough, Andy Michael ended up being a customer from the UK, and the files submitted for ordering and manufacturing went to our sister company in Berlin.
I went ahead and E-mailed Andy to determine whether or not he will release the files for your use. Please stand by.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Dec 06, 2010 08:23PMReply
Hello again Gary,
Andy has given us permission to distribute the files. I am attempting to obtain them from him via e-mail. If I cannot, we will need to wait for our sister company in Berlin to forward along the files.
Many thanks for your continued patience.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Dec 06, 2010 08:50PMReply