I built a flight simulator in my basement (as one does) and decided it would be nice to flick actual switches and turn real knobs rather than click things with a mouse.
I’d hand-built a prototype of an autopilot panel a few months before I got the glowforge but it looked pretty rough and I also wanted to be able to backlight it.
The panel itself is some medium maple plywood with holes cut for the switches and knobs, plus some lighting holes. Above that is some medium acrylic which was spray-painted black and then engraved and cut. (I now know that I should have reverse engraved it which would have looked even better, so I may end up re-doing the front panel).
The enclosure is medium draftboard, as are the self-designed captive nut brackets that hold the panel onto the enclosure.
It’s backlit using some 5V LED strips I bought for cheap on amazon and talks to the computer using a Teensy 3.2 board.
Inside it’s a bit of rats nest so hopefully I never have to open it up again…