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  • Selection line engraving


    How can I select a line engraving not by the middle but by the left ou right corner. It's for join two line with 90°

    In the older release, it's is possible.


    Posted By: NOËL François on Mar 13, 2011 10:08AM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Macro features



    We use Front Panel Express frequently across our offices and as such we have initiated a plan for a company library of approved components. Here is a list of issues we have come up with that prevent us from managing and organizing this "library" efficiently:


    * re-organizing of Macro shapes: please add support for dragging/dropping shapes to re-organize the library file


    * "smarter parts": a lot of components have minimum or maximum panel thickness spec's. Currently there is no way to document this in a macro shape except in the name. Ideally, the Macro part would automatically adjust the mill-out depth depending on the thickness of the panel that the part is dropped own on.


    * overlay/outline: a lot of components have a flange or similar that won't be machined. Currently, to facilitate proper placement of such parts (for example MIL style connectors), we have added a (red colored) outline to the macro part. This allows us to better visualize and space components on the front panel while guaranteeing that we don't have colliding flanges/parts, but we have to manually go in and un-group all the Macro parts and manually delete these outlines before ordering. As mentioned in another recent thread, a document or non-design layer would be very helpful.


    * more "property" fields for macro's. These would be stored with the shape but have no machining effect. A little side-bar could show this information, or maybe add the fields to the "object properties" view? Fields we want to see are: vendor, part#, revision, Comments/Notes with the last being a larger text box. This would to some degree alleviate the fact that the parts are not smart as we could type in min/max panel thicknesses in the part comment section.


    I'm sure I/we will have more questions/comments and requests, but mainly the main thing we have issues with right now are all related to the Macro implementation and features that are missing in that. We hope to see these improved soon!


    If I was not clear on certain things, let me know and I can clarify. If you disagree, I'm open to discussions, maybe there is a better way or a good reason not to do something?


    Thanks for reading!


    Posted By: Kjell-Edmund Ims on Feb 24, 2011 07:11PM Category: Whishes

  • help with side profile 2 case



    I am designing a case for a VHF Transverter for amateur radio use.


    I will use side profile 2 - 56mm high


    Case will be 200mm x 250mm


    I can find the dimensions of the cavity on the cover panels ok but how do I insert those onto a panel


    I downloaded the templates but can't see where on the cover panels the slot information for the cavity is entered


    hope that makes sense!



    Posted By: Simon Lewis on Feb 24, 2011 11:23AM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Help with front / back panel and custom enclosure?

    I am sourcing and gathering parts for a PASS DIY build theese days, and found out about this place through some threads on a diy forum. If I can get the entire enclosure from here, that be best. I don't need to order from hifi2000 and then get another panel. Much better from one place. BUT, I have tried the panel designer, and I don't understand how to make a full enclosure....



    Posted By: Kenneth Rørås on Feb 22, 2011 01:17PM Category: Front Panel Designer

  • Anodizing and Engraving Filling Sequence

    When in the process is the anodizing done? If it's done prior to cutting, milling and drilling, then the edges will be raw. If it's done afterwards, then the edges will also be anodized.


    What about the filling of the engravings?


    BTW, I am planning black anodized, with white fillings.


    Thank you...





    Posted By: Keith Mycek on Feb 21, 2011 08:35PM Category: Production

  • EPS file import

    For those of us using the Mac OS X platform, it seems that generating an HPGL file is quite tricky. It would be great if FPD could import vector EPS files or some sort of PostScript-based file. This would open up many design possibilities for Adobe users.


    Any other Mac/Illustrator users out there?

    Posted By: Seth Alder on Feb 10, 2011 12:07AM Category: Whishes

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