I would like to use FPD for it's font support but I cannot figure out how to import my dwg. Yes, I can import the DXF as a free contour but the holes become contours. I'm not bothered that much by the difference in price but I am concerned that milling vs drilling will not produce the best possible part quality. Is there a way to convert .dwg or .dxf to .fpd so that circle entities become holes. Minus text engravings and the 4 oblong 1U mounting holes, my project is just 40+ holes ranging from 3mm to 3/8" so I think it should be drilled.
Posted By: ioplex on Jun 14, 2013 07:26PM Category: Front Panel Designer
We don't use drills. Everything gets milled with end mills. The result is the same, considering our tolerances of +/-.1mm
I am not sure if I understand what you mean by circle entities become holes. Feel free to send us your designs (both fpd and dxf) to email@example.com. We can have a look and convert your dwg/dxf into fpd in the most efficient way.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Jun 17, 2013 09:32PMReply
I need a panel for a Pelican 1400 case with a Pelican panel ring installed.
I assume this has been done many times, but a forum search on Pelican 1400 got not hits
Does anybody have the front panel outline with 10 ea 6-32 holes for fasteners
That they can share?
I also need library items for Neutrik panel mount jacks, BNC connectors, USB B panel mount jack, and switchcraft power jack.
Posted By: firstname.lastname@example.org on Jun 14, 2013 02:39AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Pelican offers drawings for their cases. Have you looked here?
We have a few connectors in FPD's library. You can always add your own. Most suppliers offer cutout specs for their components.
I hope that helps.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Jun 25, 2013 02:13AMReply
I just installed v4.2. Opened a file and modified it. I saved the file, and closed it. Now when I try to open it I get a file is corrupt error. It has happened on three files in total now.
Posted By: Blackdog on May 22, 2013 05:05AM Category: Front Panel Designer
I am having the same problem. Has happened with 4 files already. Program does not seem to be as stable. Crashed a number of times. Getting exception errors. Coping and pasting not working with groupings.
Posted By: muskyhuntr on May 22, 2013 12:21PMReply
Posted By: muskyhuntr on May 22, 2013 01:22PMReply
The release package had a bug. We uploaded Front Panel Designer v4.2.1 with the necessary fixes.
Please download FPD again.
We are very sorry for the inconvenience.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on May 22, 2013 07:08PMReply
I have downloaded the v4.2.1 and the problem seems to be solved.
Posted By: muskyhuntr on May 22, 2013 08:16PMReply
4.2.1 seems to be fine.
Thanks, it's all working again
Posted By: Blackdog on May 23, 2013 05:21AMReply
I have a panel (steel) which has a 2.5mm lip on the top and bottom running the length of the panel. Is it possible to do any engraving on this panel, or does the lip keep the tools from correctly reaching the panels? (as in: do I really need to use a flat panel?)
Posted By: bhjazz on May 07, 2013 05:24AM Category: Production
Look at this thread. Panels with lips are no problem at all. We can mill on almost any part as long as it can be held on our machines.
However, steel is a problem. The spindles of our machines can only handle non-ferrous material like aluminum, brass, copper, etc.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on May 07, 2013 06:14PMReply
Thanks for the information, Diane. I appreciate it. I'll get with my client and suggest aluminum as a replacement.
Have a great day!
Posted By: bhjazz on May 08, 2013 06:14AMReply
Great software! Thanks You!
I work with MacOSX
Your Insert free contour is a great feature , but I have problems getting dxf files from my other cad programs on MacOsx.
You support export of SVG and dxf so its great to connect to additional programs.
Could it be possible for You to add the ability to import "svg" files as well at the contour part not only dxf. This might be much easier than support eps files for Mac.
That would help me a lot to make more Macro Parts much faster with other Cad Programs. I use "TouchDraw" now.
Thank You again!
Posted By: Ohgo_Ohgo on May 04, 2013 07:18PM Category: Whishes
Thank you for your feedback. I am glad Front Panel Designer works well for you.
I forwarded your suggestion to our IT department. Thank you again for taking the time and helping us making Front Panel Designer better.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on May 07, 2013 06:28PMReply
I have a front view I made with Adobe Illustrator MAC OSX (CS5 15.1.0) and I would to import it for order to Front panel express, but it doesn't works or I don't know I do that.
I try to open my dxf or dwg with frontdesign but it told me this is not a front panel !! somebody tell me if this the good condition or if I make a mistake.
Hope to read you and have your help.
Posted By: Anodefr on Apr 27, 2013 06:28PM Category: Front Panel Designer
You can't open dxf files with Front Panel Designer but you can import such files.
The dxf import has two options. One is only for the contour of the front panel and the other for objects placed on the panel. One of our newsletters describes this more in detail. Newsletter
I hope that helps.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Apr 29, 2013 11:30PMReply
Hi Diane and many thanks for your reply I appreciate.
I didn't see this import menu :(, I tried to import a Adobe Illustrator 19" front panel but I have any errors.
I will try to understand this errors.
Many thanks to you for your help.
Does Front panel can do a Front view with a Adobe Illustrator file ?
Hope to read you.
Posted By: Anodefr on Apr 30, 2013 08:23PMReply
Unfortunately, Front Panel Designer can't read ai files but we can :)
Please don't get frustrated with the import. Our customer service team can help you to get started with your project and do the import for you. Just email your design to email@example.com.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on May 03, 2013 01:16AMReply
Thanks Diane you are the best...
Posted By: Anodefr on May 03, 2013 12:51PMReply
I'll jump on this thread rather than starting a new one. I'm using FrontDesign for OSX for the first time. I have created a DXF file for a cutout in Illustrator CS5.1 and I get an error trying to import it into FrontDesign. The error is: "Unknown Error: DXF - Spline is non-rational & weighted, Result may have wrong shape." I have tried various settings during the export and import process and can't get it to work. I can send in the ai and dxf if that would be helpful? It's just one closed linear shape, nothing fancy.
Posted By: anaROBIK on Nov 23, 2013 09:15PMReply
Of course Robert. Go ahead and send it to me. I am more than happy to have a look and find out what the problem is.
You can send the file(s) to firstname.lastname@example.org (my attention) or directly to my email given in my profile.
Posted By: DianeHaensel on Nov 26, 2013 12:08AMReply