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    In the absence of a true AutoCAD/DXF import feature, which would be very complex, would it be possible to add a feature to simply display an AutoCAD/DXF drawing within FPD so that we can "trace" over it?

     

    All of our existing designs are done in AutoCAD, and when we want to reproduce something in FPD there is a lot of manual comparison between the original and the FPD to ensure that everything is the same.

     

    I'm envisioning a "layer" that contains the rendering of the AutoCAD panel that can be quickly toggled on/off with a hotkey. This would make for very fast visual comparison of any differences in the original and the FPD version.

     

    Of course true AutoCAD/DXF import would be even better!

    Posted By: Steven Kan on Mar 26, 2009 08:53PM Category: Whishes

    We know that there is a high demand for a dxf import in Front Panel Designer and our software developers are already working on it.

     

    Future versions will have an option for importing complex contours that can't be done with our current software.

     

    However, using a "layer" for visual comparison is already possible. It is not what it is intended for but a hpgl import can be very handy for that.

     

    The dxf file needs to be converted in a plt file that can be brought into Front Panel Designer. It shows you the rendering of your dxf design and allows you a visual comparison to Front Panel Designer's objects.

     

    I can post an example here in case you are interested in the details of how it works.

    Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 28, 2009 08:06PM

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    I can post an example here in case you are interested in the details of how it works.

    Yes, please!

    Posted By: Steven Kan on Jun 26, 2009 08:25PM

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    I created some files to show how it works: dxf-hpgl_example.zip

     

     

    1. a dxf file (the contour) that I want to bring in Front Panel Designer

     

    2. a hpgl file (plt as extension) that can be imported in Front Panel Designer

     

    3. two fpd files to show how it looks into Front Panel Designer

     

     

    This is the example:

     

     

     

    I used Corel Draw for the hpgl conversion. It can import dxf files and export plt files. This is all we need, just bring it in and export it. It might be possible that even CAD programs allow a plt export.

     

    The plt can now be imported into Front Panel Designer.

     

     

     

    The two holes are in the right position and allow a visual comparison to Front Panel Designer's objects.

     

     

     

    However, the hpgl import was programmed for engravings. Therefore the contour shown represents center lines. If you pick the .2mm engraving tool for the hpgl object it increases the contour by 2 times tool radius (here .2mm). This is why you still see the borders of the contour.

     

    The hpgl file can (and should :wink: ) be deleted when all objects are on the right position.

     

    As mentioned before, this is just a workaround but can be handy for complex panels. I hope it works for you.

     

     

    Posted By: Diane Haensel on Jun 28, 2009 09:08PM

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