I think that would be a great idea to have an area where we could store/retrieve CAD models. Maybe keeping the models on one of the CAD sharing websites (www.grabcad.com??
) would be good and then just linking to the websites. A "CAD Model" thread would have all of the links to various sources in it.
As far as where I got my CAD files, AFS sent me the model of their AF-5600 (thanks again!!) and many of the switches (NKK & IDEC) I was able to get from their companies websites. Small things like screws and nuts I got from the McMaster website (I think the McMaster website is a CAD junkies wet dream!). Just about everything else I modeled up myself (with varying levels of fidelity).
For the Garmin radios, I made them from a combination of what I could find in their manuals and the actual radios themselves. They are not that high of fidelity. I mainly was worried about getting them dimensionally correct so I could get the cutout in the panel correct and the subpanel brackets/cutouts correct. As far as getting the screens to "display", I just added a picture (properly cropped) taken from the users manuals to the CAD model to make it look like the display was on. I really wish Garmin would have "dumb" models of their hardware for folks like us to use. It's not like I plan to get into the avionics business or anything. It just would be nice to have had the actual CAD files of the various radio racks. It would have made life much easier on that front.