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Instrument Panel Bezels - Cessna 172 Flight Simulator

by allanglen Dec 5, 2017
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What's the infill? I chose PLA black 20% infill not sure if this is right or not guess.I'll find out when they come in the mail.

Hello!
Are you going to make a G1000 bezel for 3d printing? It would be really nice!

Hey man i was hoping you would be able top help and post a diy of how you made the frame??? I have been looking for schematics and no luck :/ also thank you so much for all the other files!

Thanks for the share! I've been going through your C172 and I have to admit that it's a great piece of craftsmanship. I was wandering if you could help me out by decreasing the size of the large single encoder bezel to a small one. I would really appreciate it. I'm currently working on a Piper Arrow cockpit with a Aspen EFD 1000 as the main instrument but would like to have a few traditional ones around it. Problem is the large bezels are too big in my case, but the small ones would do the job...

The source files for the models are provided (FreeCAD) and are dimensional so you can adjust any of the dimensions to what you need. FreeCAD is available at https://www.freecadweb.org/.

Great work, out standing display plus write up
need to know the aurdino code for the bezel for FSX and P3D if possible

I use ArdSimX with XPlane so I don't have a working example with FSX/P3D.

Here we go! I'm gonna follow suit and do this for my build. Excellent work, and thank you for sharing! I do have one question though. The 4 screw points for the bezels. Have you counter sunk them into the wood? If so I'm guessing a 1/4" bit drilling about 1/2 way through?

I don't recall the size but I used a forstner bit to drill the holes as you described. Good luck with your build!

Did you print or buy the knobs? Could you direct to them??

I purchased those knobs on ebay but the specific product link is no longer available. They are pretty generic encoder knobs so any style you like should suffice.

Here the current situation of my build. https://www.facebook.com/stayflysim

HI THANKS FOR SHARE

I PRINT 3D BEZELS IN POWDER 3D SYSTEM PRODUCT AFTER THAT....I USE XTC 3D BUT I DO NOT LIKE THE FINAL RESULT , COULD YOU TELL ME WHAT KIND OF MATERIAL DID YOU USE IT ??? THANKS FOR YOUR TIME ...IVAN :)

I printed all of the components out of PLA. I use a Monoprice Select Mini v2.

I had all the parts 3D printed and it appears that the bezel_large_router_guide is not correct. The inside "cut out" does not match the outside of the gauge bezels.

I HAVE THE SAME RESULTS ALTHOUGH USE A WIDER ROUTER TIP

I just downloaded the files to compare and the dimensions of the large bezels and the router guide ring are identical (40.25 mm).

The router guide is intended to be used only for routing the tab area, not the hole itself. I cut the hole with a 3 1/8" hole saw and then inserted the router guide into the hole to route out the tab.

Maybe you are trying to use the guide to cut the hole?

Hi allan
I have printet the large bezel router guide ang the large bezel with dual encoder, you cut the hole with a 3 1/4" equal to 79 mm hole saw, but i measure the bezel to 80,4 mm? will it fit in the 79mm hole?

On another note, I opened an issue on your github page. Do you get notified for that? Curious if you have any additional photos/info on the back of the panel for the wiring of the encoders and how you routed everything to the arduino.

Just replied on Github. I'll try to get more photos and details posted this weekend. Thanks for the heads up and thanks for your interest!

Ahhh! That makes sense now, thank you for the clarification

HI FIRSTABLE THANKS FOR SHARE.... EXCELLENT JOB
I PRINTED THE BEZELS IN POWDER COMPONENTS AFTER THAT XTC3D BUT I DON NOT LIKE THE RESULTS ....
COULD YOU SPECIFY DE MATERIAL USE IN THE 3D PRINTER ...THANKS ;) IVAN

Thanks for sharing, great project which I'm just about to start. I have a question and I can't seem to find the answer on your website. How do you get the knobs to simulate the mouse wheel? Do you know if any tutorials exist?

Thanks dude....

I am using ArdsimX (http://www.simvim.com/ardsimx.html) to connect the rotary encoders to X-Plane (via an Arduino Mega).

Wow, thank you so much for sharing! I take my hat off to you for doing this project and additionally document it.
From my own experience I know that this is can be in the way in terms of "project flow"

Im looking forward to hear from you and follow your status.

How did you cut where they go from the bezels in the plywood?
Thanks!

Apologies for missing this comment.

I cut the holes in the plywood with a 3 1/8" hole saw. I then 3d printed a router guide (the stl file in the Thing Files section) to cut out the 'tabs' for the instruments that have encoders.

As for layout, I measured the panel to take up the full space of the display that is behind the panel. This spacing will vary depending on the display size of the selected monitor so I didn't post a specific template for that.

I'm working on a similar project and I am looking for the graphic files for the instrument. Do you make your own or do you know where I can find some to download? I'd rather not recreate them if they exist somewhere already.

Also, for your other projects, what method did you use to get the white lettering on the panels like above your switches. Thanks!

I am using AirManager (https://siminnovations.com/) to render the instruments. I have made some minor customizations but most of the instruments that I am using are provided either by Sim Innovations or the community.

The lettering is created with a laser-cutter. I use black spray paint on white acrylic and then use the laser to engrave the surface. The engraving process removes the black paint exposing the white material underneath. I use the same technique for buttons (ex. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2723972) but I use 3d-printed white PLA instead of white acrylic.

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Thanks, I read the rest of your stuff on Git. I'm making gauges from steppers so need the graphics. I found some that may work. As for laser engraving - great idea! I have a laser engraver but not sure if I'll go that route. I bought some decal paper and am going to try that first.

Wonderfull work, thanks for share it.
Regards

Hi, found a small error in "bezel_large.stl"
One of the screw mounts were "defective" & it fails to print.

I have attached a corrected model, named "bezel_large_fixed.stl"

Thank you very much for sharing your build, I am currently building my own C172 cockpit panel using your models :)

Thank you for catching that. I have re-exported from FreeCAD and have uploaded the correct version of the STL. Good luck with your cockpit build!