When creating an in-filled text engraving on a powder coated panel, Front Panel Designer allows you the option to "Mill afterwards". This isn't an option on anodized panels because the anodizing is done first, but I'm curious about how it affects the result on a powder coated panel. Even if the difference is subtle, why would I choose one over the other?
It may not matter, but in my particular case I'm planning to use text with white in-fill on a black panel.
Posted By: hank_b on Sep 15, 2013 07:01AM Category: Production
We recommend to have all engravings done after powder-coating when infill of the engravings is required. This way, the engravings won't be already covered with paint from the powder-coating process when we apply the infill paint (especially critical when having small engravings.) The result will look more defined and higher in quality.
However, engraving after powder-coating requires a second setup on our milling machines and is therefore higher in cost.
We give you more control over the cost of the panel by allowing you to choose when certain objects should be cut or engraved. The default setting for engravings is always "mill afterwards".
I only know one good example for having engravings cut before powder-coating. This would be a serial number that shouldn't jump out too much with no infill paint somewhere on the bottom of the panel.
I hope that explains the difference.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Sep 17, 2013 01:46AMReply
Thanks for your prompt and clear answer! I'll definitely keep the default, mill afterwards.
Posted By: hank_b on Sep 17, 2013 04:29AMReply
I am attempting to create an instrument panel and would like to know the best way to create both a 3 1/8 and 2 1/4 instrument hole with the 4 screw holes in the proper locations. I don't see a macro shape or any example templates to use.
Posted By: jbwilliams on Sep 11, 2013 01:30PM Category: Front Panel Designer
We have a couple of similar objects in our macro object library but nothing with the dimensions you mentioned.
However, it is very easy to create it yourself. You can place the origin of the instrument panel on the center of the 3 1/8 hole and position the screw holes from there. Here is a simple how-to:
1. draw the 3 1/8 hole
2. click on 'origin' in the toolbar (snap toolbar opens)
3. click on 'based on reference point based on an object' in snap toolbar
4. click on center of 3 1/8 hole
5. click on 'insert drill hole' in toolbar
6. click on snap tool bar 'relative to the reference of an object' and click on center of 3 1/8 hole.
7. enter coordinates for the screw hole
8. enter diameter of hole (new dialog opens after step 7)
From there you can mirror around the center of the 3 1/8 hole or just repeat step 7 and 8. When you are done you can group the holes and create a macro object for your user library (Shift+m).
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Sep 12, 2013 11:11PMReply
When initially using the Front Panel Designer work station, I had a problem understanding the exact purpose of the 3rd icon on the pop-out origin selection bar. The pop-up description for that icon states "Enter coordinates based on the reference point of a object". I did not and still don't understand that language. I would instead use "Enter coordinates to be in common with the reference point of an object". Basically, the coordinates of the new object to be the same as the coordinates of the selected existing object.
Posted By: stanfoote on Aug 25, 2013 04:51AM Category: Front Panel Designer
The wording can be confusing since you don't have to enter any coordinates at all. As you stated, it means basically to add another object to the same location of another object.
Thank you for your feedback.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Aug 27, 2013 12:30AMReply
It's been working for 3 months, but now it opens its window for a few seconds and then it's gone. Windows task manager says it's running, but nothing is visible. I've erased, restarted and reloaded four times...
Posted By: baxterl on Aug 19, 2013 11:05PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Does this happen when you open FPD through a fpd file or by opening the software itself?
I am guessing you have a corrupted file. Can you send the file to me?
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Aug 20, 2013 01:47AMReply
Both. And the files open OK in another computer.
Posted By: baxterl on Aug 20, 2013 02:05PMReply
Hmmmm, I still want to rule out the actual fpd file. Would you mind sending it to me?
Thank you and sorry for the inconvenience
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Aug 23, 2013 06:44PMReply
Another clue: At startup (PC startup; Front Panel is off), the PC says
Visual C++ runtime library
The application requested the Runtime to terminate in an unusual way
Posted By: baxterl on Aug 26, 2013 10:41PMReply
The files you sent to me worked fine on my system. Thank you for the additional info. I sent it to the developers and will let you know as soon as I hear back.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Aug 27, 2013 12:15AMReply
I have an order of 10 Identical panels that will each be labeled "panel 1", "Panel 2", "Panel 3" ect. Can I order the panels such that I only have to submit 1 design file and request that each panel be labeled 1 thru 10? Or is it best to submit 10 different design files? If they can be labeled serially, what is the best way to request this (design note, email ect.)?
Posted By: AndrewB on Jul 30, 2013 03:05PM Category: Ordering
One design is all you have to submit. You can leave us a note about the lettering in 'remarks for production' or during checkout.
We then will add a small modification charge (about $20 to $30) but you will also get the quantity discount of 20% (for 10 panels)
There is always the possibility to request a quote (also through checkout) to get accurate pricing with your modification.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Jul 30, 2013 09:49PMReply