Front Panel Designer category
I have spent hours trying to create a simple aircraft instrument panel the top edge of which has a profile consisting of two arcs: one with a radius of about 120-150 inches in the center 2/3, merging with one on each end with a 8.5 in radius. When I make the large radius arc (using the curved slot tool), the center is at the bottom of the grid, and the arc is at the very top, and when I move the arc down, the panel rectangle moves all the way to the top of the grid field so I can no longer see the top of the panel. How can I move the arc without moving the panel? Or move the panel back near the center so I can work on it? Or is there some other way to do this? How do I specify the coordinates of the center of the arc.
Posted By: arcture on Dec 24, 2013 01:52AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Don't use the curved slots. This is too painful.
You can import the perimeter from any cad program as dxf file. You find this in the front panel property window on top in the drop-down of basic shape.
It is way easier to do a complex contour with Auto Cad or whatever other software you prefer and import it into Front Panel Designer.
I hope this helps. Let me know if you run into any problems with the import.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Dec 24, 2013 04:08AMReply
Thank you. After a few hours learning Sketchup, I was able to export a .dxf file of the outline of the panel from it (using a plugin) and to import the .dxf file into Front Panel Designer.
Posted By: arcture on Dec 25, 2013 02:57AMReply
After receiving a new computer, all my previously saved macros are not easily accessible. Currently, I still have access to my old computer so I will be able to find what I need. However, we have other people in the department that may want to access a shared custom macro library. Is there a way I can define a location for these macro objects to save?
Posted By: JFleck on Dec 16, 2013 07:55PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Also Note: The macro object properties window misspells Category as "Catergory". :oops:
Posted By: JFleck on Dec 16, 2013 08:11PMReply
Unfortunately, we don't have macro sharing implemented yet.
However, all your custom macros are filed in one file in the installation folder of Front Panel Designer under FDlib. You can copy it from there and save it on your new computer.
You can also import older libraries by right clicking on your user folder in the macro side bar. This will bring up a menu with import function.
Sorry that this is kind of a hassle but thank you for pointing this out. It will go on my software developer wish list, including the typo ;-)
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Dec 18, 2013 03:29AMReply
I printed the 100% layout for checking the holes if they are matching with the components. I printed the file with three different printers. All printouts are around 10% smaller than the actual dimensions.
Can anyone advise what may be the problem?
Posted By: bigpanda on Dec 10, 2013 04:51AM Category: Front Panel Designer
I am trying to rule out any printer driver issues. Could please print to a PDF file and then print this one? Same effect?
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Dec 11, 2013 01:38AMReply
Likely your printer setup says "fit to margins" and your panel is close enough to the margins to cause the scaling to kick in.
Posted By: STMRadio on Sep 16, 2014 05:38PMReply
Simple question, is this possible? I actually need a cavity with a hole inside the cavity, of basically the same size as the cavity, just slightly smaller. Essentially, similar to the edge machinnig, but if there was a "0 degree" option for the bevel.
Posted By: capricornone on Nov 14, 2013 12:41AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Do you mean something similar to a counterbore? You can select this with 'manual sinking parameters' in the drill hole properties. The cone angle would be 180 degrees in this case.
You can also stack objects on top of each other, e.g. a drill hole on top of a cavity.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Nov 14, 2013 01:38AMReply
You've got the right idea, but what I need to draw is an arc, or curved slot. Essentially, if there was an option for curved cavity, I would make a curved cavity, then a slightly smaller curved slot in the center of the cavity. Make sense?
Posted By: capricornone on Nov 14, 2013 01:47AMReply
Ah, just saw that I can do cavities using the free contour dxf import, I guess that's probably the best way for me to do this.
Posted By: capricornone on Nov 14, 2013 07:56PMReply
You figured it out yourself :)
The dxf import allows you to import any shape and have it cut as cavity or all the way through.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Nov 14, 2013 10:01PMReply
For power coating an aluminum plate, is the Jet Black (RAL9005) a semi-gloss?
Posted By: kinterke on Oct 30, 2013 02:44PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I have a dxf file that contains all cutouts that I require. When I import the dxf file, it only sees the exterior shape, and not any of the cutouts. Am I doing something wrong?
Posted By: kinterke on Oct 29, 2013 03:36PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Front Panel Designer differentiates between exterior and interior shapes. This allows you to import something quickly and position it independently.
However, a completed design from a different software requires a two step dxf import. One for the exterior and the other for everything else.
The exterior import can be done in 'Front Panel Properties' by selecting 'free shape from dxf file' in basic shape. Once you have completed the panel shape the cutouts can be imported ('insert free contour' in the tool bar.) You can split your cutout import by right-clicking on it. This gives 'split free contour' and allows you to select tools individually.
Have a look at one of our older newsletters
Please let me know if you need any support with your project. This can be a little confusing when you import a dxf the first time. We are more than happy to help you with the conversion into our software.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Oct 29, 2013 06:40PMReply