My original 'Obutto Console Project' used the available panels shared on the ED Forums by user reactorone. I had begun editing his designs for that project, moving some switches and buttons around in the panels to fit cheap ebay toggles and rotary encoders, and to move them away from the edges so the buttons didn't foul on the support structure.
I later purchased my own laser cutter and started making my own panels, so I decided to stop using the reactorone files and decided to design my own from scratch.
I did this for a few reasons, but the main ones were:
So if I was going to need to resize the external dimensions, move all the mounting holes, and rewrite all the text anyway, It was actually easier for me to start from scratch.
All of the panels consist of three layers of laser cut cast acrylic sheet.
The Bottom layer of the Electrical Power Panel. The green marked holes are for mounting the 3mm LEDs for the backlighting. The large 12mm holes are for switches, the three 4mm holes are for bolts that hold the panel together, and the four outer 5mm holes are for mounting it to the cockpit.
The middle layer of the Electrical Power Panel. The red marked holes are to be partially engraved to allow the LED's to sit inside. I engraved these in the laser, but ended up just hand drilling them on all future panels. Note the switch holes are now larger, 17mm, to fit the around the nut that holds the switch on the bottom layer. The rectangle is for the switch gaurd to slot into.
Top layer of the Electrical Power Panel. You can see the holes for the switches are now smaller, designed to cover the nuts and switch and allow only the toggle through. The three 4mm holes go through all the panels, and bolts go through to hold it all together like a sandwich. The small rectangle is the switch guard.
Here is the lower layer, with the top layer imposed over the top. You can see how the green marked holes for the LEDs align with the text. The LEDs along the side are offset to the ELEC PWR text, to minimise hotspotting and to allow for them to not be hard up against the wood structure of the cockpit. You can also see how I designed the top layer to be slightly smaller than the bottom, like the re
If you download my panels you will see I have included a PDF fle that has this complete coloured version, so you can print and use as a template if you wnat, similar to what I did in the origial project here.
All parts of the Electrical Power Panel cut
In place with no buttons installled/ You can see how the three (only two in it at the moment) bolts hold the panel together.
Switches installed. You can see how the nuts are hidden, showing only the toggles.
Backlight on and switches installed.
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