As I previously discovered, the OpenCockpits Annuciator boxes don’t fit the ProSimParts overhead panels. The boxes are about 2mm to large. So I set off to find a solution.
Today I almost, sorta have one. I began playing with some 3D software and roughed up a 3D design for an annuciator box similiar to the O/C one but sized to fit the ProSimParts Panels. Here’s the draft design:
The only problem… the price. The 3D printing cost is $2.42USD each for a white box ($2.90USD for black). For comparison, the O/C boxes are about $1.30USD each
$2.42 sounds cheap but when you need 100 of these little guys it adds up. $242 just for boxes! You can get O/C boxes, annuciators and LEDs for the same price. Granted they wouldn’t fit 🙂
So…. time for Plan C?
I’m thinking of ordering a couple of these guys so I can get a nice, clean properly sized box and then take another crack and molding and casting them myself. If I can do 5-10 at a time, it wouldn’t take too many castings to make a full set. Once a mold is made, casting would probably take ~15mins a set.
While it’s lot more work it should be a LOT cheaper in the long run if I can figure out how to do it. A $25 bottle of resin could probably cast over a thousand boxes since these are small and mostly hallow. Plus I could cast them in black tinted resin.
So that’s where things are at now. Once I get the 3D design finalized and confirmed to fit I’ll gladly make it available for purchase at cost for anyone who wants to buy them. Depending how the casting goes I may also offer to make/sell those too.