Front Panel Designer category
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
I need to have a thick panel made with drilled and tapped holes coming in from the side and from the top and bottom.
Also holes on the ends as well. FPD only shows holes on the front. How would I show holes on the ends?
Posted By: Dan Santoni on Nov 09, 2012 03:06PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Please design additional Front Panel Designer files for the sides, bottom and top and select 'customer provided material.'
Please also leave a note for us indicating which side it is and how to set up the part on the machine if not symmetrical.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Nov 10, 2012 10:07PMReply
I thought that might be the way to do it, but I wanted to be sure.
However why do I click "customer provided material". FPE has material thick enough.
Posted By: Dan Santoni on Nov 11, 2012 03:13PMReply
The material is already paid for with your regular front panel. No need to charge you twice ;-) However the setup of the sides is a little more effort. You can see that in the different amount for preparing and finishing in the pricing.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Nov 11, 2012 11:28PMReply
I am looking for the read me or user manual for this program I downloaded through the HBT site. Is a manual available and I am overlooking it or is it online somewhere? TIA for any direction you folks have.
Posted By: Robert Beckett on Oct 16, 2012 05:27PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Front Panel Designer has an online help menu. You will be able to access it as soon as you have installed the software.
I am sorry for the late response. Please let me know if you have any further question. Our forum is the perfect platform to discuss questions about Front Panel Designer or our machining service more in detail.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Oct 28, 2012 03:49PMReply
Does anyone have a cutout template for a D-SUB 9 connector. I tried using the rectangular cutout, adding 10-degree corners but it is clearly not correct. Thanks.
Posted By: John Lauf on Sep 27, 2012 12:34AM Category: Front Panel Designer
We have this cutout in our macro object library.
You can activate the side bar under 'View'-->'Macro Objects'. There you will find a folder named 'SubD-Connector' and the cutout for the 9-pole connector.
Just drag and drop it on your front panel design. It comes grouped with the drill holes but each object can be changed individually after you ungrouped it.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Sep 28, 2012 01:34AMReply
Thanks very much Diane, I figured there must be a library somewhere but didn't try the 'Macro Objects'. Much appreciated.
Posted By: John Lauf on Sep 28, 2012 02:05AMReply
I am designing a 6RU 19" rack panel. When I add the system holes, four holes appear in the four corners of the panel but I need to add more standard size rack holes on each side. Generally, a 6RU rack panel has four holes on each side and not just two. Ideas on how to add these?
Posted By: Paul Christensen on Sep 10, 2012 01:52PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Front Panel Designer lets you choose from two rack mount panel system suppliers, Schroff and Fischer. Both have two mounting holes on each side of a 6U panel. The additional drill holes are for the handles.
However, you can copy or move everything that is on your design. Those system holes are a template and you can even delete parts of it.
Let me know what spacing you need between the holes. I can help you with the design.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Sep 11, 2012 02:03AMReply
That worked well. I now have the extra rack holes added.
My rack panel is nearly complete. I did notice that one of my 3" holes will not exactly center in line with the other three. It's off by about one pixel and no amount of movement will get it on the exact center line with the other holes. Does the software have a "snap to" function like some other CADD programs? If not, I'll just start over by deleting, then addding. Many thanks!
Posted By: Paul Christensen on Sep 11, 2012 01:48PMReply
There is a snap on function for new placed objects. But I recommend to activate the 'Object Properties' window. You can find it in the toolbar under 'View'
This will show you all relevant info of an object once selected. The first two entries in the object properties show you the X and Y coordinates. Those can be edited and allow you to align everything to each other perfectly.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Sep 11, 2012 07:45PMReply
That fixed it perfectly.
One other nagging question. Under panel properties, I have selected a 6RU height standard rack size. I thought that a EIA standard 6RU rack is precisely 19" wide by 10.5" in height. But when selecting the program's pre-determined 6RU height, the panel dimensions are 19.0157" wide and 10.4665" in height. Sure, just a fraction off but is there a reason for this discrepancy? Thanks!
Posted By: Paul Christensen on Sep 12, 2012 03:00PMReply
I believe this may be a correct answer to the question as it relates to EIA RU height, but not the 19" width discrepancy:
"Typically, a piece of equipment being installed has a front panel height 1⁄32 inch (0.031 inches / 0.787 millimetres) less than the allotted number of "Us." Thus, a 1U rackmount computer is not 1.75 inches (44.5 mm) tall but is 1.719 inches (43.7 mm) tall. 2U would be 3.469 inches (88.1 mm) instead of 3.5 inches (88.9 mm). This gap allows a bit of room above and below an installed piece of equipment so it may be removed without binding on the adjacent equipment."
Posted By: Paul Christensen on Sep 13, 2012 02:09AMReply
Is there a recommended minimum spacing to use between rectangular/circular cut outs?
I have a few rectangle cutouts to place next to each other and want to make sure I'm not putting them to close together to avoid any problems during/after cutting.
Posted By: Shaun Ortolano on Sep 08, 2012 05:13PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Also, is there a size limit to how large a panel can be? Is 29" x 9" doable?
Posted By: Shaun Ortolano on Sep 08, 2012 05:19PMReply
I can't give you a clear answer about the spacing. It depends on both the material thickness and the size of the cutouts. In case the cutouts are small, like 25mm (1"), you can place them pretty close to each other. I would recommend something in the area of 2mm (0.08") as remaining material in between. However, when you have longer cutouts, like >100mm (4") with a material thickness of 2mm, I would give it at least 5mm (0.2") in between.
If the cutouts get too long and too close, the remaining material in between starts to vibrate during the machining process. This results in a finish with chatter marks. The good thing is that you don't have to worry about it too much. Each submitted Front Panel Designer file gets checked by us for machinability. We contact you if we see concerns and your order is placed on hold until we are able to go over those concerns with you.
A panel size of 29" x 9" is doable in thicknesses of >2mm. Maybe even in 1.5mm but I would need to see your design to confirm.
In general, the largest panel size that fits on our machines is 46" x 34.25"
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Sep 11, 2012 01:35AMReply