Airbus A320 – Cockpit

My interest in aviation has started to late otherwise I was inside Airbus A320 right now.

I discovered my interest in aviation when I was about 25, way to late to make a pilot carrier. It started with Microsoft Flight Simulator 2004. I already was in to CNC and in early stage on my current hobby.

After finishing my second Bachelor Degree in Structural Engineering I learned few CAD programs and started to use them to draw smal cockpit project.

Many years later when my portfolio of CAD Software has grown significantly I started to draw A320 cockpit.

The result was full scale drawing of all A320 panels. The source for dimensions was some CAD files on the internet, images from Simpit and measurements check from my friend that worked as a pilot for Easyjet.

The Drawings

After first complete drawing I picked up one panel after another and fixed the measurements so they had same width, height so everything could fit nicely together.

At this point I had my small CNC machine so I could start manufacturing the panels.

The Drawing For Prototyping

I started by first finishing panels and placing all text for engraving in correct place.

After that I took blueprint of all electronics components needed for the panel and placed it in AutoCAD drawing.
This to see that everything fits, and nothing is crashing with each other.

Don’t look at the colors. They represent different CNC operations.

With this method I had many panels ready for prototyping on CNC Router.

The Panels in 3D

SolidWroks 3D CAD Design Software. is one of the best Software that I have ever learned. 

It is funny, because I am a completely Autodesk fanatic but when it comes to mechanical design I prefer SolidWorks before Inventor of Fusion 360.

This fantastic piece of software made it easy for me to take my design to another level. I know could take 3D panels and bring them in 3D.

And the result was fantastic.

Witch electronics board and components behind.

At this point I have many panels in 3D

  • Side Panel
  • FCU
  • COM & NAV
  • EFIS
  • GEAR

I even designed knobs in 3D. This model can be seen sperate post: Airbus A320 – Knobs – 3D Models

The PCB

It was time to design PCB Board in Eagle CAD PCB Design Software.

The result form there was milled on CNC Router.

Today I will simply send the PCB Design for production of Prototype Boards. It is way more cos effective.

The Panel Prototype

Finally, I could start prototyping the panel.

First it was cut, painted and engraved. 

Tested backlighting.

The finished prototype.

After those test I found out that my small CNC Router isn’t accurate enough.

The positioning of engraving is a little bit off.

At this point I decided to sell this CNC and build a new one.
You can read all about new CNC in this post: CNC Router – 1250x650x150

This is how the A320 Cockpit looks like in 3D AutoCAD made by my friend Jacek.

The Compact Cockpit

In the mean time I found on the interned a German guy who made a fantastic small and compact cockpit.

After those test I found out that my small CNC Router isn’t accurate enough.

The positioning of engraving is a little bit off.

At this point I decided to sell this CNC and build a new one.
You can read all about new CNC in this post: CNC Router – 1250x650x150

In the mean time I found on the interned a German guy who made a fantastic small and compact cockpit.

This is what I am going to build.

To be continued….

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