I'm sure by now most of you have herd of or seen the Open Source / DIY 3D printers floating around the internet. I my self will be receiving my 3D kit around February.
I would love to see your software support such a DIY community and allow those that have a RepRap or some other form of Open Source 3D printer be able to print the panel out for inspection before sending the file to you for production.
More than once have I flawed on a design that would have been spotted only if I could have printed the panel out in actual size and test fitting before sending the file off for cutting.
I feel such a proposal would be monumental in the DIY community. I'm sure some would use your software only to print plastic panels, but the attention and advertisement you would receive from such a feat would be huge.
I have been involved in a few DIY/Open Source projects and trust me when I say, It's only going to get better!
Posted By: Glenn Berden on Dec 14, 2011 10:23PM Category: Whishes
Thank you for contacting us regarding our products and services.
The Rep Rap is a pretty awesome concept, and one that certainly falls in line with the philosophy here at Front Panel Express (we highly favor open source software and projects).
You can print out a paper 1:1 copy of your panel to verify measurements. Printing
We are continually working to develop our designer by adding more capabilities, and 3D functionality may be possible in the future.
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Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Dec 14, 2011 11:31PMReply
I have a logo that I want to import into my panel. The only vector graphics software I have is Inkscape, and the .plt export is not working properly for me. Is there any other way to convert a PDF or SVG to the format that Front Panel Designer requires?
Posted By: David Shoemaker on Dec 12, 2011 11:59PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us regarding Front Panel Designer and HPGL imports.
I would suggest e-mail the .PLT file you have exported and the original source file to us at email@example.com. Being able to examine these files will allow us to provide very specific assistance to you.
Additionally, there is information on our website regarding this process that you might find useful, though it does not relate to Inkscape.
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Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Dec 13, 2011 12:55AMReply
I would love to see a preview window in the File Open dialog box and if possible have the Icon itself be a preview. Most CAD files and even PDF files will give you a preview inside the file just by looking at the icon.
This makes it easier to find what your looking for when your working with lots of files that have part numbers for names. I just cant remember all of them all of the time, but if I could see the part it would make things flow much faster.
Posted By: Terry Best on Dec 07, 2011 09:24PM Category: Whishes
I am trying to import a .dxf shape and the import is always in mm. I want inches and cant seem to figure out how to get that. The .dxf was saved with the units as inches.
Posted By: shea petricek on Nov 29, 2011 04:53AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us regarding Front Panel Designer.
Our software does include coding to read the units off the DXF, but this does not necessarily mean that this is correct. In any case, if you need help adjusting this, feel free to e-mail your drawing to firstname.lastname@example.org and we can take a look for you.
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Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Nov 30, 2011 09:39PMReply
Would you guys be willing to disclose the internal file format of the FDM file? If so, I propose building a small Java web app - database driven of course - that would permit uploading FDM files, merging and downloading FDM files against a database of user contributed Macros.
I'd even settle for getting the FDM file format under Non-Disclosure Agreement - if you are willing to let me build the web application to handle contributions and merges. I have a large number of custom Macro's I've built for the tube audio community, and there is a need to manage these as the FPDesigner only has rudimentary support for managing the FDM file.
Let me know! I'd love to do it.
-- Jim Doyle
Posted By: Jim Doyle on Nov 18, 2011 03:47AM Category: Front Panel Designer
I apologize for the late responding.
Actually I like your idea of such a web database. And certainly I understand that you need the FDM file format for this. It's actually quite simple to parse to a certain point. And to this point no NDA is necessary. ;-)
A fdm file is basically a sqlite database. It's mostly used in C/C++ environments but there are also some Java implementations like SQLJet. I didn't try them but it should be no problem to parse them from Java. For a first look you could use a tool like the SQLite Browser. You will see, that the database structure is not complicated and self explaining. If you have any questions regarding it, please feel free to ask.
And the certain point I was talking about is the field "ObjectData" in the table "Objects". This is a blob field which contains the actual definition of the Macro object in the Front Panel Designer format. To parse this, it's quite complicated and would be a hard to do with Java. But when I understand it right, you don't need to. Correct?
Posted By: Kai Schaeffer on Dec 06, 2011 06:48PMReply
104 pin D-sub macro Anybody?
Posted By: Carroll trickey on May 18, 2016 07:50PMReply
Essentially, I would like to "reverse engrave" some text. The effect would be like circle in rectangle cavity, except text instead of a circle. Ive tried to go about this a couple of ways...
1 - Create a .png with outline style text contained in a border and convert to .plt/hplg. When imported, the text and border look alright, except I dont see a way to make any of it a cavity.
2 - Around imported .plt, create multiple engravings to cover/surround the area around the text. Not entirely efficient.
Thanks for your help!
Posted By: Josh Arndt on Nov 17, 2011 04:20PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us with your inquiry. If you shoot us an e-mail with the text you need, the font, the text height, and the box size around the text, we can create a file in Corel for you that serves such a purpose.
If you end up ordering, there is a one-time design charge of $30 to perform this work.
In our experience, these depressed fields around elevated text provide a very nice look, but automating that programming in our software is quite complicated.
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Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Nov 17, 2011 11:09PMReply
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