PDP-8/e - Front panel switch reproductions and front panel PCB?

Don North north at alum.mit.edu
Wed Mar 2 13:31:41 CST 2016

On 3/2/2016 11:16 AM, Anders Nelson wrote:
> I found switch levers and a mounting frame design (
> http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:360853) that I would like to have casted
> with molded-in color, close to the originals as reasonable.
> Has anyone already done this that I can simply buy from? If any injection
> molds have been built I'd love to put those to work. Would it be better to
> just paint a 3D print of these?
> Also has anyone created the front panel PCB design? I use EAGLE and would
> love to at least have a CAD outline from which to start as I build my
> emulated PDP-8/e. Pretty much like the SBC6120 but emulated on a 32-bit
> micro as opposed to the HD6120.
> I await your thoughts!

Have you seen this: http://obsolescence.wix.com/obsolescence#!pidp-8/cbie

It might just satisfy your 'need' (and there are a lot more blinkin' lights on 
the 8i then on the 8e).

If this is not quite right, the basic design may make a good jumping off point 
to get to an 8e variation.

Oscar's design is a scaled (~2/3) configuration, so it is not an 'exact' replica 
per se. There is another
project in the works to create exact PDP-8e/f/m etc replica front panels (Rob 
Smallwood IIRC) but
I believe that is the acrylic panel only, nothing else. You need to supply all 
the other 8e parts yourself.


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