I am new to this and was going to ask how to revise an existing design to remove holes. After posting, I figured it out. So I am deleting my question, but apparently the post can't be removed. Sorry.
Posted By: F.W.Bray on Feb 23, 2013 11:30PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Why is the DXF exported file in inches when it was drawn in millimeters?
A Panel I laid out is 80mmx107mm, when exported to DXF it is 80in x 107in
Posted By: R_Phoenix on Feb 16, 2013 05:10PM Category: Front Panel Designer
It would be great if I could export a STL file for 3D printing. I prefer to test my panels before ordering.
Posted By: R_Phoenix on Feb 16, 2013 05:06PM Category: Whishes
Thank you for your suggestion. 3D printing is definitely a very nice method for testing.
Most users of Front Panel Designer only need a 2D print to check the panel size and cutouts. However, a 3D import would be a nice feature, which would also allow a 3D export. Let me discuss this with our IT people.
Thank you again for your feedback.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 17, 2013 09:59PMReply
I would also appreciate this very much.
Being able to export 3D files would allow us to virtually test the fit of your boxes into much larger systems. Currently we take the 2D files and manually create rough approximations in our 3D CAD software (Solidworks). An easy way to export exact 3D models would make the solutions you offer much more attractive for our applications.
Posted By: Thaddeus.Johnson on Feb 22, 2013 01:20AMReply
I too use Solidworks and would like this ability. But for now I do it the other way- build in Solidworks, create a dimensioned drawing, then rebuild in Front Panel.
This has given me another thing I'd like from your product. A Drawing. Documentation is vital, and so far I haven't found another way.
Posted By: RSnyder on Nov 13, 2013 06:44PMReply
I am working on a design in FPD, and I would like to use PEM self-clinching fasteners. I noticed this was mentioned in one of your newsletters a couple of years ago.
Do you have the capability to install captive panel screws and studs? If so, does the customer need to provide the fasteners, or can you order it for us?
Posted By: jmmckinnon on Feb 12, 2013 05:39PM Category: Production
We do PEM studs and standoffs upon request. All you need to do is telling us what you need. We will order the hardware and inform you about pricing prior to processing your order.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 17, 2013 10:12PMReply
That's great, thanks for letting me know Diane!
Just to be clear, do you have the capability to do just studs and standoffs, or can you also do other fasteners such as PEM nuts and PEM captive panel screws?
Posted By: jmmckinnon on Feb 18, 2013 06:49AMReply
I just talked to PEM at a trade show. Their variety of fasteners is impressive.
We only offer studs and standoffs at this time. I hope that will work for you.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 18, 2013 09:34PMReply
Seconding the request for captive nuts.
Posted By: Robert Robson on Oct 19, 2016 10:51AMReply
How do I save a macro to a USB stick?
Posted By: dbvanhorn on Feb 08, 2013 10:23PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Oops, this post hid in my inbox. I am sorry for the late response.
Honestly, I can't find the file myself. It used to be saved in the installation folder. Let me check with our IT people.
However, there is currently no direct way to save it on a flash drive.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 17, 2013 10:54PMReply
Still getting my feet wet with this software..
I need to mount a number of switches on a panel.
The heads of the switches are much larger than the cutouts.
It would be very easy for me to make a mistake and place them too close together.
Is there a way to show an outline that would represent the max dims of the switch head and not have that actually be a part of the panel itself? Something like a "comment" layer?
Posted By: dbvanhorn on Feb 08, 2013 06:06PM Category: Front Panel Designer
I been asking for this for at least 2 years.
Posted By: chriskner on Feb 08, 2013 06:58PMReply
I thought about using an engraving object, but then I'd have to remember to ungroup everything and delete those before ordering, which would be risky, and I'm not sure if you can actually ungroup like that.
Posted By: dbvanhorn on Feb 08, 2013 10:31PMReply
You can work with engraving objects and only group those together. You can also use an hpgl import as additional "layer." The latter is easy to delete.
I admit that this is inconvenient and a rather painful workaround. We will try to get this taken care of without another wait of two years.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Feb 08, 2013 10:52PMReply