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Old 28th November 2012, 02:35 PM   #11
polsol is offline polsol  South Africa
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Thanks for the offer marce. Much appreciated but the design is still somewhere in my head. I'm actually putting the project together at the moment (slowly) and working out the arrangement of the 'sum of the parts'. Right now I'm working on the external PSU. Next are the amp modules..
Where maybe you (or someone) can help is in how to fit an LED to a 10 mm thick front panel? How does one do it? Holes/rebates for switches etc are a doddle but not sure how to mount an LED(s).

I've taken your advice and downloaded the 'quick start guide' for Draftsight and printed it. So I'll be working through the bits and pieces in the next few days (or maybe weeks).

Guess at some time I'm going to have to learn CAD ;-)

Thanks once more!
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Old 28th November 2012, 02:43 PM   #12
rsavas is offline rsavas  Canada
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However, if I've read it correctly, it's an infringement of the license to use these DXF files to manufacture panels by a different supplier.
That's a shame, but there maybe a work around, if you modify the .dxf after you export them are you still in voilation? For a project for your own use, I really do not think it matters, if you are a manufacturer and profit from this activity, then it is another story. It is still a great tool to use to sketch up your thoughts and print them out. I did this, printed out my front panel drawing so I could use it as a template, to do my own fabrication using the drill press & files etc.
Good luck Rick
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Old 28th November 2012, 04:26 PM   #13
marce is offline marce  United Kingdom
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ou can use somhing like this:
DX1091/YL - BULGIN - LED INDICATOR, 5MM, YELLOW | Farnell United Kingdom

or for a better more modern look, drill a 5mm hole and plug it flush with the panel frot face with some 5mm acrylic rod, then glue or fix the led behind
the acrylic light pipe. Even better use a smaller led than the standard 5mm or have a stepped hole.
You can have fun with LED's and acrylic rod sheets etc using the latter as light pipes.
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Old 28th November 2012, 05:34 PM   #14
polsol is offline polsol  South Africa
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Rick, yes, I'd consider importing to say Draftsigh and re-exporting but eventually I guess they supplly 'free software' to make a buck or 2 from the panels which is their right.
So I'll do it the 'hard' way.
Thanks for all your help!
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Old 28th November 2012, 05:39 PM   #15
polsol is offline polsol  South Africa
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Marce, actually I buy most of my stuff from Farnell. I work in the Middle East (Kuwait) and Farnell give a great courier service here (the postal service sucks).
The LED you indicate has a chrome collar though which I'm trying to avoid as the panel is 10 mm aluminium.
The light pipe is an interesting idea. Hadn't thought of that. Thanks!
Now I just have to find the acrylic pipe ..
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