please, i'm having troubles to create a front pannel designer file.
i created a high resolution dxf file, with one layer for the cutting part, and one layer for the white paint part but .... front pannel designer really isn't soft friendly, with most creating softs ( rhino, autocad, photoshop, etc etc ) .
i guess the only way to create an Advanced layer of paint is with hgpl, right ? ( "Advanced", i don't know .. ) ,
and i can't find a way to create an hgpl file. i tried eagle cad, and it couldn't even convert properly a dxf file ...
why couldn't front pannel designer simply be able to import directly a full dxf, to tell where and how and at which scale the plate has to be CNC cut, and some JPG or png, or tiff, or even psd , with the same scale and scu, to tell where how and in which colors the paint should be done.
please, do you have some ideas that could help me ? i need to control the quality of the file that will be delivered to Schaeffer AG, and make some economy because i can't afford their conversion service.
here's a idea of what it will look like, it's the vectorial
Attached File: Capture.JPG
Posted By: adrien on Apr 26, 2016 11:45PM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for your message. You are totally right that a full .dxf import would be a nice feature. But unfortunately it is not as simple as it seems and it is difficult to implement into our software. At the moment doing an HPGL conversion of text/graphics is the only solution for engravings.
We are the US partner company of Schaeffer AG and cannot serve customers from Europe. But here are some tips and a tutorial on how it works:
Please feel free to also contact customer service at Schaeffer AG in Berlin. They speak English and can help you if you need more support.
Have you ever thought about printing your engravings? Schaeffer AG is able to do this. They will need your .fpd file and a .pdf file (which you could easily export from your CAD software) of your graphics. This method should be even cheaper than having your graphics engraved. If this is an option I would recommend you contact Schaeffer AG customer service and they can tell you what exactly they need for printing.
Posted By: Fabian on Apr 28, 2016 06:25PMReply
Is there a way to have Chinese characters for labels? Either thru a "font" or do I use HPGL? I see there is also a "print" option - what would you suggest for a panel that I need to have an English and Mandarin version?
Posted By: Matthew on Apr 07, 2016 04:41PM Category: Front Panel Designer
You would need to use HPGL since Chinese characters are not implemented in Front Panel Designer.
The print option is coming very soon. We are eliminating last issues within the process. Please stay tuned.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Apr 09, 2016 12:47AMReply
Is there a way to make a text go over an engraved line instead of crossing this line.
So if i make a engraved rectangle the text will go over the line instead of crossing the line.
I've attached an example, with on the left side a rectangle with the text crossing the line, and on the right a self made rectangle (with lines) and the text going "over" the line.
Making a rectangle with lines is not an easy way of doing it, not at all if you want serval rectangles on the frontpanel :)..
Attached File: FrontPanelDesign_Text.jpg
Posted By: Dave on Mar 28, 2016 12:36AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Front Panel Designer offers basic shapes such as circles, rectangles and lines. In addition you can import graphics with the 'Insert HPGL Engraving' tool.
Here are some tips and a tutorial how it works:
In your case it is probably best to add a couple of lines. It's easy when you use the snap function.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 28, 2016 11:13PMReply
Thank you for your fast reply.
Unfortunately because of text width is changing when other texts are put in, it's becoming a real pain to fast and cleanly put the text on my frontpanels.
I'm looking for a way to make connection panels with such layouts that there's a rectangle around my connectors with text centered in the top line of the rectangle.
Because of various connector types i don't have space to put it on top or below the lines of the rectangles.
And when the width of the text changing, i can't really make a macro object that's sets a standard, because then the gap spaced between the line will be to big if there is a small word (like IN or OUT), and to large when there is a big word (like LINKED or PARALLEL).
Posted By: Dave on Mar 29, 2016 01:04AMReply
I would like a 1.5mm radius on my front panel top and bottom, but not the sides. Is it possible to select individual edges? In the picture you can see in green the way I want it.
Attached File: edges.jpg
Posted By: JM on Mar 20, 2016 04:46PM Category: Front Panel Designer
You can't select individual edges but we can machine to your specifications based on your notes.
Easiest way would be requesting a quote through the ordering tool in Front Panel Designer and attach your drawing to the shopping cart. This way we can add the additional programming fee (usually around $20) and confirm your special request.
Or just call our customer service at 1-800-373-9060 and they will walk you through.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 21, 2016 04:07PMReply
I would like to make M3 holes on the side for 6mm thickness plate.
Is it possible?
Posted By: Takashi Hori on Mar 20, 2016 04:19AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Yes, this is possible. Please have a look here under 'machined edges"'
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 21, 2016 06:34PMReply
I've got a relevant question. I'm wanting to do this on multiples of the same part and have read the "machined edges" section, which states to create a new file with the dimensions of the side you wish to machine, and choose "customer supplied material".
What occurs is a handling fee is added to each instance, which seems to be as high as the material was to begin with. This seems to add up to quite a substantial figure (just to add two holes to an edge). Am I doing something wrong, or is that just the way it is?
Posted By: avian on Mar 28, 2016 01:51PMReply
The handling fee is for clamping and finding the corner of your part. Each edge has to be setup individually to be accurate.
In your case the setup of the part takes actually longer than the machining time, which is reflected in pricing.
I hope this helps to understand the pricing.
Posted By: Diane Haensel on Mar 28, 2016 09:48PM