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Old 01-09-2015, 07:43 AM
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I'm not sure where to post this so if y'all want to move it, that's fine. How did you go about designing your instrument panel? Is there a template you used? App to simulate various products in various configurations? Did you buy what you wanted then figure how to lay it out? Looking for help with this project.
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Old 01-09-2015, 07:53 AM
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I'm not sure where to post this so if y'all want to move it, that's fine. How did you go about designing your instrument panel? Is there a template you used? App to simulate various products in various configurations? Did you buy what you wanted then figure how to lay it out? Looking for help with this project.
I am on rev 4 panel (I think). I use PowerPoint for layout. (Yea, PP. Been using Acad and Viso for many moons, but PP is on every workstation I've use over the last 10-15 yrs.) Just keep editing the previous version, cutting and pasting jpg images of the components. Revising is an easy as moving pics on a document. Cut, paste, copy... Size the objects actual dimensions. Gives me the actual look, and a close relative scale (maybe 95% accurate). Final dimensional layout verification requires paper and pencil, a scaled graphics/drawing app, or with ink layout on the metal panel blank (my method).

This shows the panel face layout. You must also know how the device attaches, what the fwd clearance issues are for the devices, and allow for attachment to the panel (space for tray flanges, etc).

Latest version below.

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Old 01-09-2015, 07:57 AM
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SteinAir guys can do a layout from your ideas sketched on a napkin or whatever! Then they can cut you a nice panel from that. As has been said before, they will do as much or as little as you want or need! Just give them a call - great guys to work with!
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Old 01-09-2015, 09:18 AM
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I did it the old fashioned way. I downloaded all the cut out templates of everything I was wanting to install. Then taped them or sketched them on my uncut panel. I sat inside my plane with the mock up panel for hours imagining different scenarios. I looked at hundreds of pictures on VAF and anywhere else I could find trying to get ideas.
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:01 AM
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I did it the old fashioned way. I downloaded all the cut out templates of everything I was wanting to install. Then taped them or sketched them on my uncut panel. I sat inside my plane with the mock up panel for hours imagining different scenarios. I looked at hundreds of pictures on VAF and anywhere else I could find trying to get ideas.
Yep, that is how I did it, and will soon be doing the same as I upgrade.

BTW, am I the only one to see Darth Vader in post 2
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Old 01-09-2015, 10:06 AM
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BTW, am I the only one to see Darth Vader in post 2
Oh good, somebody else saw it too. I was worried I have been conditioned into seeing things that are not there. Just because you are paranoid doesn't mean they are not out to get you.

FWIW I also used Powerpoint to get an idea of what I wanted. Then took the idea and had a CAD made up for the actual cut.

The idea on Powerpoint:


The final product in operation:



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Old 01-09-2015, 10:25 AM
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Thanks for the input. This will be a VFR to IFR upgrade. $$$$$ I'm afraid! I guess like so many things, there's no shortcut.
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How did you go about designing your instrument panel? Is there a template you used? App to simulate various products in various configurations? Did you buy what you wanted then figure how to lay it out? Looking for help with this project.
I'm in the process of updating my RV-8 panel and have been using Xpanel, I'm quite impressed so far. I'm sure it doesn't have every instrument but there is a good selection of the popular avionics. You can use the trial version which was a bonus, you just can't save your project.

Here is a windows7 snip from Xpanel of my design in progress, once I'm happy with the layout I will get Vans to send a blank panel to Bill at Up North Aviation to water cut the panel. This should hopefully get me to 2019 when I decide on what to do for ADS-B compliance.

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Old 01-12-2015, 10:20 PM
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Old school approach for my panel design. A cocktail napkin wasn't handy, so notebook paper was the next best thing:



When I was ready to design the real deal, I used the readily available printouts for the EFIS, etc., and cut out cardboard circles for the vents and 3.125" dials. A T-square and lots of careful measuring keeps everything straight. Magic markers are your friends here!
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I'm in the process of updating my RV-8 panel and have been using Xpanel, I'm quite impressed so far.
Here is a windows7 snip from Xpanel of my design in progress,

I used Xpanel also and it was great. Please note that the panel template includes the 3/4 or so that is bent forward for rigidity, so basically the bottom 3/4" or so is not available for instruments.

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