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  • 1/4-40 UNS Threaded Hole

    I see that FPD allows for a hole with a 3/8" UNEF (3/8-32) thread to be cut into a panel. This is suitable for mounting potentiometers with no protruding threads or nut on the outside of the finished enclosure.


    I often use C&K 7000-series miniature toggle switches. One mounting option for these switches has a 1/4-40 UNS thread (1/4", 40 thread per inch). I would like to be able to have a hole with a 1/4-40 UNS thread cut into a panel to allow the switch to be fitted with no external nut.


    1/4-40 (and UNS for that matter) is not available as an option on the standard thread pull-down menus in the drill hole properties dialog box. However, I see that I can select "Manual thread parameters" and set diameter to 0.25" and the thread pitch to 0.025".


    My question: Can a thread with this size and pitch be cut successfully by the milling process?

    Posted By: desiato on Dec 18, 2013 06:45AM Category: Production

  • Export BMP

    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

  • Sharing Macro Library

    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

  • Ordering

    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

  • Printing problem

    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

  • curved cavity

    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

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