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  • New to FPD - Help with 1U Design



    Im in the middle of trying to design a 1u front panel - just cant get it right though! would anyone be kind enough to lend a hand?


    I just would like a 1u panel with 4 holes to mount into a rack with 2 16in horizontal cutouts in the middle?


    I would like mimic this panel:


    Posted By: Jesse Le on Sep 28, 2011 07:48PM Category: Front Panel Designer

    Hello Jesse,


    Thank you for contacting us regarding your project.


    I will cover the three processes necessary to fulfill your request.


    Getting a 1U blank:


    1. Open the software and click the button in the upper left corner that looks like a page with a blue plus.

    2. Select a thickness for your panel.

    3. In the box labeled Dimensions in 19" units, select 19" front panel from the drop down box.

    4. Set U Height to 1U.

    5. Click OK.


    Adding Four Slots for Rack Mounting:

    1. With your panel open, use Insert->System Holes.

    2. Select the last option, 19" Front panel (Schroff)

    3. Click OK

    4. Delete the four round holes (they are for obsolete handles)


    Placing Rectangular Cutouts:

    This is covered reasonably well in one of our tutorials, available here: Front Panel Express Tutorials


    If you need any additional assistance, we are available by phone at 1-800-FPE-9060, or by e-mail at


    Kindest Regards,

    Paul Birkeland

    Front Panel Express

    Customer Service Manager

    Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Sep 28, 2011 10:49PM


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