Construction lines would be a big help. These are lines that extend both direction as far as cyber-space allows and can be set to any angle. These can really help line things up or when using complex shapes. These lines don't need to be removed before sending the final - they are simply ignored. They should be of an off color, or settable by the user so they are not confused with other lines and are usually dotted.
Posted By: Glenn Berden on Aug 30, 2011 09:19PM Category: Whishes
Hello again Glenn,
Thank you for contacting us regarding your suggestion.
Though we do not have dynamic guides (or construction lines) in our software, we do have a tool for aligning multiple objects.
Rather than trying to do this tool justice in a forum post, I would recommend reviewing this newsletter which provides a step-by-step guide on using this tool:
Let us know if you have any additional questions or suggestions.
Front Panel Express
Customer Service Manager
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Aug 30, 2011 10:08PMReply
Yah I know how to use that tool. Construction lines help in much more than simply lining object up.
Sometimes panel setup is more about esthetics than symmetrical. The construction line can be a guide line but not necessarily want to line the object up.
Posted By: Glenn Berden on Aug 30, 2011 10:55PMReply
Add a Attribute layer. ON this layer we can make all the same shapes and text as normal but it is not part of the production part. The info doesn't need to be sent with the file. This way I can mark gauge and meter face outlines to represent the overhang and space the actual meter will take up. I can also leave design notes and not worry about removing them before sending the panel.
Posted By: Glenn Berden on Aug 30, 2011 09:15PM Category: Whishes
Hello again Glenn,
Thank you for contacting us with your suggestion for Front Panel Designer.
We are considering the idea of a Design Layer that could be used for notes, footprints of parts, and specifications in a future release.
We will notify our developers of your suggestion.
Front Panel Express
Customer Service Manager
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Aug 30, 2011 11:33PMReply
I think it's frequently necessary to indicate dimensions on any display or printout of a drawing. I would like to see some way to add printed dimensions to a design.
Posted By: Carey Fisher on Dec 14, 2011 08:35PMReply
I will express interest in this feature as well. It would be useful for keep-out zones.
Posted By: Jason Meeusen on Feb 22, 2012 11:28PMReply
Did anything ever happen with this idea? I also like Carey Fishers' idea about showing dimensions. We'd like this for our documentation.
Posted By: Tom Paden on Aug 15, 2017 05:01PMReply
Unfortunately that is not a feature that our developers have implemented and it will not be available going forward.
Hopefully one day it can be.
Posted By: Adrian on Aug 15, 2017 10:29PMReply
Is it possible for you to drill holes into a cut edge? For example, if I wanted some holes drilled into the edge of a panel, could you do that?
It would be really useful for assembly.... Particularly if you could tap them as well.
Posted By: Chris M on Aug 16, 2011 05:44AM Category: Front Panel Designer
Thank you for contacting us with your question.
We can indeed drill and tap the edges of our material. I will explain how to do so with an example below:
Let us say you have a panel that is 100mm wide and 200mm high with a 6mm thickness, and we will call it panel abc.fpd. In the Remarks for Production in the front panel properties, I would leave some notes that the edges of this panel will be tapped.
To tap the bottom edge, I would make a new design that is 100mm wide by 6mm high by 10mm thick, and check "use customer provided material". I would call this panel abc_bottom_edge_tapping.fpd.
I would then lay my holes out. If the layout was not completely symmetric, I would leave some notes in the Remarks for Production to help properly reference this file to the original panel.
The process could be repeated four times to make:
abc_top_edge_tapping.fpd (100mm wide by 6mm high)
abc_left_edge_tapping.fpd (6mm wide by 200mm high)
abc_right_edge_tapping.fpd (6mm wide by 200mm high)
You could also combine the top/bottom and left/right edges into one file if the hole pattern was the same, and we strongly recommend this if at all possible.
Do remember to upload all the necessary files to your order before submitting it online.
We look forward to integrating this process into our software in a future release to remove the requirement of multiple files.
If you have any additional questions regarding this process, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Aug 16, 2011 08:35PMReply
I need to produce a slot that is open at the edge of a panel, has a specific length and ends in a rounded end with a radius the same as twice the width of the slot. It's as if the slot was cut using an endmill with the same diameter as the width of the slot. Is a hole on top of the end of the slot the best solution?
Posted By: Carey Fisher on Aug 12, 2011 03:16PM Category: Whishes
Thank you for contacting us regarding your question.
You can use the Insert Rectangular Cutout function to define your slot, assigning the corner radius to be twice the height; this will provide the cutout that you need.
Feel free to allow this cutout to overlap the edge of the panel, as this leads to the cleanest finished product.
We do not recommend overlapping a drill hole with a rectangular cutout to obtain these results, as getting the intersection between these two objects arranged perfectly is deceptively difficult.
Let us know if you have any additional questions.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Aug 12, 2011 05:51PMReply
A few customers have been troubled by the fact that the pdf attachments within the order confirmation cannot be opened. Instead of the usual attachment "Order_12345.pdf" a long series of characters would be visible within the email "order_12345.pdf: 00000001,51d90c4d,00000000,00000000"
What is the actual problem here?
It is the email client/progam that is being used to open this email.
What can I do to solve this problem?
Update your email client to the newest version. Or try an alternative email client.
Posted By: P Neumann on Jul 14, 2011 08:38PM Category: Ordering
I'd like to be able to read the diameter next to each hole, and toggle the view of diameter text on/off.
It would improve accuracy if there was a "View" toggle switch that would allow us to read the diameter of each hole in text displayed adjacent. Great for making sure that all of the holes are what we thought they were.
Under "View:" there exists (V4.11) an
"Outline mode" and a "Show refrence points" display function. This is where you would add the "Show dimensions" display layer toggle switch.
Perhaps (for now) to make this an easier to write software feature you'd only display the dimensions of thru-holes - because that is what we usually have the most inserted of, and most need of seeing.
Display text of every X,Y, and Z dimensions can come later. 8*D
I'd be VERY nice to have the diameter text show up in the print-outs for checking and approval too.
Thank you very much,
Posted By: Joe Torre on Jul 04, 2011 04:48PM Category: Whishes
Thank you for contacting us with your request.
There is a function built into the software that may meet your needs. If you go to the View menu, then select Object Properties, this will open a window that will display all of the properties of any object selected.
This window can also be anchored if you drag it to one of the edges of the Front Panel Designer software window.
If we can provide any additional assistance, please do not hesitate to let us know.
Posted By: Paul Birkeland on Jul 05, 2011 06:11PMReply