I would like to be able to export an image (bmp, jpg, etc.) of the panel. I would use this as a texture for my native CAD model so that it looks complete. Right now I use a screenshot or the windows snipping tool to acquire and save the image. Then I have to trim it. If we could export an image that is sized to the limits of the panel that would be excellent!
Posted By: JFleck on Dec 16, 2013 09:50PM Category: Whishes
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
Is it possible to order panels by
simply supplying the .fpd? In other
words, without having to use the software
Posted By: wrobison on Dec 10, 2013 05:42PM Category: Ordering
You would need the software to create the .fpd file. However, you don't need to order through the software. If you already have the .fpd file (lets say from an engineer and you are the purchaser) you can just email the fpd files to us.
The software also lets you save the entire shopping cart with bill-to and ship-to information. All data will be encrypted and saved as .fpa. This file can also be emailed to us in case you can't order through a firewall.
I hope this answered your question.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Dec 11, 2013 01:36AMReply
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
I print a 19 inch 3U panel to 100% to check fit in fpd 6.01. All of the holes appear to have the correct dimensions and spacings; however, the panel itself comes out 19.5 inches by 5 3/8 even though the panel properties are correct. When I print out an 8U panel, dimensions match the panel properties. Do I have a setting off somewhere?
Posted By: Ken on Sep 28, 2018 03:35PMReply
Sorry you are having issues. Send your file to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try and print it on my end and see if I have this issue.
Posted By: Adrian on Sep 29, 2018 01:15AMReply
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
What is the pull-out resistance of the epoxied studs (specifically a 6/32 machine screw stud)
Posted By: tlj3071 on Nov 08, 2013 06:35PM Category: Production
we tested the vertical pull-out resistance very similar to PEM studs (let me get back to you with the actual numbers.)
The shear strengths is >10MPa. The head of a 6-32 stud/standoff is 7mm, resulting in an area of about 40mm^2. This means about 400N shear strength.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Nov 11, 2013 09:23PMReply
I've had studs placed on two 14"x8½" panels, and roughly half of the studs came loose for a number of reasons before the the final installation of the panel. Personally I think the epoxy is too hard or brittle. I think there needs to be some refining to the stud fixing process before it's deemed reliable. Also FPE could explain some current limitations of the use of studs, to the end user.
Posted By: KenTech on Jan 08, 2014 12:54PMReply
This is concerning and you shouldn't accept such unsatisfactory service from us.
Our customer service will get in touch with you and resolve this problem. Thank you for your feedback on this. We will certainly look into the epoxy process.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Jan 08, 2014 09:34PMReply
For years I have used the following:
I had the panel drilled with blind threaded holes (either 6-32 or 8-32). In these holes I inserted 1/2" long setscrews and used Loctite to ensure that they wouldn't come loose.
These front panels were used on standard 19" rack enclosures the setscrews through holes in the front edges of the side panels and held in place with pem nuts.
Posted By: raleighaudio on Jan 09, 2014 07:13PMReply