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Old 04-09-2012, 07:41 PM
BHunt BHunt is offline
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Default Panel Mock Up

Whats the best way to make a mock up of your future panel?

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Old 04-09-2012, 08:01 PM
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We used XPanel to start with and then I drew it out to scale in Adobe Illustrator. I can send you the plain scaled drawing if you'd like. It contains exact locations of ribs and screw holes.
Brandi Unrein
RV-10 / KCZL / 1000+ hrs ✈️
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:37 PM
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You can use any of the CAD applications. I started with Autocad, but ended up using Visio because I found it easier to use.

If you are planning on using any of Aerosport Products panels, yo u get get the dxf files from Geoff.

I then superimposed actual bitmaps to produce a picture to share with friends.

You then can use the cad file to send to a cnc machine, water jet, or laser to cut your panels.

I also will use a version of the same cad file to produce panel labels. I haven't decided whether or not I'll use transfer decals or paint.

As you can see there are more than one way to do these tasks.

Bob Leffler
N410BL - RV10 Flying
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:16 PM
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Default Frugle?

Depends on you objective.

I just wanted a rough scale of the design to "drag and drop" the avionics/instruments into place and rearange them on the panel.

I used google skechup which is free. it will not open a .dfx file though from Geoff so I just imported the panel as a picture and drew an outline of the inserts in skechup then removed the "background" imported picture to leave the outline.

Then scaled the outline to size.

Then imorted pictures from the web of avionics that i was interested in and scaled them to size.

After that just drag and drop till you like it.

Keep in mind this is not good enough for sending out to you panel cutter/labeler. It is only for getting the "look" you like. I opted to do my own cutouts and labeling.

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Old 04-09-2012, 09:18 PM
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Default Panel

See my earlier post under the reviews section

I worked win Bill at up north aviation. He worked with me from drafts and created cad drawings in PDF forms. You can see the cad he created for my panel. He has produced the panel and it looks great.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:19 PM
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Photoshop Also works

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Old 04-09-2012, 09:34 PM
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If you're at all worried about things not fitting as planned, go to a sign or plastics shop and have them cut a panel from 3/16" plastic of some kind. Should be more than durable enough for test-fittings. Most of them can work with the same DXF file you would take to a metal-cutter.
Rob Prior
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Old 04-10-2012, 05:56 AM
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I used Xpanel then after I got a design I wanted I brought the file to Staples and they printed me a full size version that I put in my plane to see if I was happy with the locations.[IMG][/IMG]
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:36 AM
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Default Panel Planner

I bought a copy of Panel Planner many years ago when I was ready to lay out my panel. I found it easy to use and quite accurate. It was handy because, in addition to accurate dimensional accuracy in getting things to fit in 2 dimensions, it also accounted for depth of the instruments, which is essential in the -8 due to a structural angle that can't be modified.

Here was my initial panel layout with Panel Planner ...

And, after some modifications by Stein to accomodate that structural angle behind the panel (the SL-30 just barely fits) ...

I have no clue how well the current version of Panel Planner works or how it compares with other products out there, but at the time it was a relatively inexpensive and easy way to lay out several panels and compare them.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:14 AM
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Nice Throttle, Don... Where did you get that?
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