Display bezels from the (2D) printer

IMG_1616While visiting another forum member I got the idea to create bezels around the displays. Not in a 3D fashion but straight out of a printer. A search on the web left me with a fairly good picture of a bezel. After printing this image in the correct size on 200 grams paper it can all start. Besides a cutting surface and a scalpel you will also need a round object (about 10mm accross) for cutting rounded corners , a metal ruler, a pen, a conté pencil (charcoal) and a marker.

IMG_1617After deciding which part will be cut on the inside (the edges are not straight) you can mark the corners with “the round object”. Keep one of the edges of this object on the line you want to cut and mark the oposite side halfway the tube.

IMG_1618By doing this in each corner and on both sides of each corner you have marked till which point you can cut the straight lines.

IMG_1619You can now lay a metal ruler in such a way that the part that has to be cut is just visible alongside the ruler. This will also leave the markings visibel.

IMG_1620After cutting all four sides and loosening all the cut lines, it is time for the corners. I first put the scalpel in the cut and then place the tube against the scalpel in such a way that the other side of the tube is alligned with the other cut. After that you can cut the corner by cutting along the edge of the tube.

IMG_1621After all lines are cut you can carefully remove the inner part. Left over parts can be carefully cut away with the scalpel.

IMG_1622After all the inside edges are clean you can start cutting the outside edges. Leave the smallest part till last (in this case both sides of the bezel) to avoid tearing these.

IMG_1623On these places where the paper has been cut you can see the white edges of the paper. These will have to be blackened. I use a conté pencil (charcoal) for this purpose. If you don’t have such a pencil you can also use a soft graphite pencil (6B or equivalent). First blacken the inside and after that the outside.

IMG_1624In the previous picture you can still see these white edges, in this picture the edges are no longer visible. Since charcoal has a great blackening and also is powdery, it might be possible that you will have to retouch the bezels after putting them in place.

IMG_1625After that you will have to put double sided tape on the back. Don’t use the foam version because that is way too thick. First stick a piece of tape accross the upper and lower edges and after that (and between those) the strips on both sides, that will make it easier to attach the bezel later on.

IMG_1628First only remove the backing paper from the top strip. This gives you the opportunity to correctly place the bezel in place and then press the top edge to fasten it. You can see this situation in this picture. For display purposes only I put a roll of painters tape behind the bottom part.

IMG_1629Next you can remove the remainder of the backing paper and you can stick the bezel in place. Regarding the costs of these bezels I think the result is fairly acceptable.

IMG_1630I started with putting the ND, PFD and clock displays on one monitor. This was only possible by keeping the space between the displays fairly small. Hence there was not enough room for the full sized bezels. I decided to keep the edges of the bezels a little smaller so they would fit.

IMG_1631So I did not only made a bezel for the five big displays, but also for the smaller lower EICAS. Although not present in the real one, I decided to also make a bezel for the F/O CDU.

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