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  • PCB mounting 0.05" above the plate


    I have a design for a thermal cold plate which has several PCBs mounted 0.05" above the plate. In the previous production the mounting was achieved by having 4-40 threaded blind holes concentric with 4.6 mm circular cavities of 0.73 mm depth. A 2 mm spacer in each cavity defined 1.27 mm mounting height.

    I'd like to change mounting points to 4-40 studs with 5.08 mm depth offsets. That leaves 0.05" protruding part. My question is, what kind of variation can I expect on that height?

    Posted By: Dmitry Teytelman on Oct 24, 2017 03:24AM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Maximum Thickness - Customer Supplied Material


    I have clear anodized panels that are approximately 3.5" X 10" and 2.5" X 12". Both sizes are 0.5" thick. Can you A) engrave and infill panels this size and B) cut through-holes in this thickness?


    Posted By: Jack on Sep 14, 2017 06:51PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Printing on customer supplied material

    The 'Insert print graphic' b***on is grayed out if the 'Customer provided material' option is enabled, even if that material is anodized aluminium.
    However, in the UV printing, Source material topic of the Online Help it states:
    "UV printing can in principle be applied to any material. We only guarantee the perfect adhesion of the print on anodized aluminum however. As white is also available as a color, colored panels can also be printed. Under these conditions, it is also possible in principle to carry out UV printing on customer-supplied material."

    Can you print on customer supplied anodized aluminium panels?

    Posted By: Colin Parker on Aug 23, 2017 01:28PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Does not work on Kubuntu 14.04.5 LTS

    1) install as root (sudo dpkg -i FrontDesign-US-5.1.1-i386.deb)
    2) start from menu Graphics ...
    3) create new panel (only icon are active, everything in menu does not do anything)
    4) cannot save (save opend dialog, can browse directories, enter name, but does not save anything, no error is shown, everything looks ok, but file is not saved - even * is still after the file name indicating not saved)
    5) cannot even exit (clicking x, crtl-q, all do nothing, have to kill from konsole)

    Looks like very nice and usefull tool, but without saving is useless ...

    Posted By: Robert on Aug 16, 2017 09:18AM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Vector graphics programs

    I would like to design a panel that has a unique shape. I don't have any previous knowledge of CAD programs that support DXF type file formats, so I have been reading up on the topic. Do you recommend some simple CAD programs to help me begin to understand the process, and will allow me to design the exterior shape of a panel. Thank you for your support.

    Posted By: Jon Beckett on Jul 19, 2017 08:21PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • print graphic

    I am trying to add a print graphic to a panel, but the color of the graphic follows the color of the plate, which is not what I want.
    I saved the file in white for a black panel, but when I insert it on the plate design, it turns black?
    How can I change that color, thanks.

    Posted By: Holger on Jul 18, 2017 03:16AM Category: Front Panel Designer

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