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  • engraving/printing

    I had some panels made 5 years ago and the engraving (with white infill) looked coarse and too deep, but shallower and thinner text did not show up as well.

    Can these people make a panel look silk screened? If not these people, who can make me panels about 2" x 5" inches with switch holes and legend beneath them?

    Posted By: Bruce Carlson on Nov 03, 2017 08:14PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • PCB mounting 0.05" above the plate


    I have a design for a thermal cold plate which has several PCBs mounted 0.05" above the plate. In the previous production the mounting was achieved by having 4-40 threaded blind holes concentric with 4.6 mm circular cavities of 0.73 mm depth. A 2 mm spacer in each cavity defined 1.27 mm mounting height.

    I'd like to change mounting points to 4-40 studs with 5.08 mm depth offsets. That leaves 0.05" protruding part. My question is, what kind of variation can I expect on that height?

    Posted By: Dmitry Teytelman on Oct 24, 2017 03:24AM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Maximum Thickness - Customer Supplied Material


    I have clear anodized panels that are approximately 3.5" X 10" and 2.5" X 12". Both sizes are 0.5" thick. Can you A) engrave and infill panels this size and B) cut through-holes in this thickness?


    Posted By: Jack on Sep 14, 2017 06:51PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Clamp marks on sides of panel

    What do I need to specify to make sure the clamp marks from the machining are removed from the sides of the panel. 4 mil and up panels seem to have deep clamp marks in them. I need to have them milled off.

    Posted By: Mark Still on Sep 06, 2017 03:09PM Category: Production

  • Printing on customer supplied material

    The 'Insert print graphic' b***on is grayed out if the 'Customer provided material' option is enabled, even if that material is anodized aluminium.
    However, in the UV printing, Source material topic of the Online Help it states:
    "UV printing can in principle be applied to any material. We only guarantee the perfect adhesion of the print on anodized aluminum however. As white is also available as a color, colored panels can also be printed. Under these conditions, it is also possible in principle to carry out UV printing on customer-supplied material."

    Can you print on customer supplied anodized aluminium panels?

    Posted By: Colin Parker on Aug 23, 2017 01:28PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Does not work on Kubuntu 14.04.5 LTS

    1) install as root (sudo dpkg -i FrontDesign-US-5.1.1-i386.deb)
    2) start from menu Graphics ...
    3) create new panel (only icon are active, everything in menu does not do anything)
    4) cannot save (save opend dialog, can browse directories, enter name, but does not save anything, no error is shown, everything looks ok, but file is not saved - even * is still after the file name indicating not saved)
    5) cannot even exit (clicking x, crtl-q, all do nothing, have to kill from konsole)

    Looks like very nice and usefull tool, but without saving is useless ...

    Posted By: Robert on Aug 16, 2017 09:18AM Category: Front Panel Designer

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