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Project Apollo Command Module Illuminate Control Panel V2

A project in Albuquerque, NM by Mark Lasoff

Status: Active

Full-Scale Model of Apollo 11 12 13 14 Command Module Control Panel (CMCP)
Backers: 140
Average Daily Pledges: $1,677
Average Pledge Per Backer: $731

Funding: $102,277 of $148,000
Dates: Jul 23rd -> Sep 21st (60 days)
Project By: Mark Lasoff
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Latest News

Thank you for all your support!

September 20th - via:
We want to thank everyone who has supported this project; and I spend the weekend printing the final 3D indicators and dials, and they look fantastic.  I apologize for not updating the photos. Since I am working on another project, I wanted to... (Read More)

Special reward for all Pledgers!

September 15th - via:
Anyone who has pledged will get a special discount when we are ready to take orders. So please do not cancel your pledge; your credit card will not be charged when the campaign ends.   Anyone who has pledged will be on a roster, and we will notify... (Read More)

Good News!

September 14th - via:
Hello Everyone, We have not posted any updates recently because we have been discussing with someone who would like to invest a significant amount to help our cause.  What they are proposing would significantly reduce our costs and bring all the... (Read More)

Day One

September 10th - via:
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Still flying and on course!

September 7th - via:
Hello Team, We are fast approaching our deadline, and the crew and I are greatly honored and appreciative of all your support.  We have been working around the clock to have a finished prototype by the time our campaign finishes.  The one thing... (Read More)

BUsy Busy Busy! Making lots of parts!

September 6th - via:
Hello Team! We have been working diligently around the clock, making finalizing all the 3D components.  I will post photos shortly; I am waiting to pick up the left and right aluminum panels (hopefully today). The 3D printer has been going 24/7... (Read More)

Still waiting to receive the laser Cut Panels! New FDAI Ball, 3D printing day and night!

September 1st - via:
Hello Everyone, We have not had a chance to get to the Laser Cutter to pick up the left and right Aluminum Panels.  Possibly tomorrow or Friday. We are eager to see them, but we are also working diligently to finish all the other parts within the... (Read More)

Left and Right panels cut !

August 31st - via:
I’m going to pick up the panels this afternoon.  (Read More)

Houston, we have a problem

August 29th - via:
Nothing ends a nice long weekend than a catastrophic failure of the 3D printer. Pushing is hard would be an understatement; however, I can never pass up an opportunity of taking something apart and figuring out how and why it failed.  One of my... (Read More)

Simulator option upgrade update!

August 27th - via:
I know many of you have been asking about some interactive options for the CMCP. I have been talking with a very talented engineer trying to come up with a solution.  He designed a USB interface board that will allow you to connect all 200 real... (Read More)

I am thinking that Laser Etching the "8 Ball"

August 26th - via:
I am now thinking about laser engraving the '8 Ball". As I was generating a quick model, It started to look familiar! Hidden somewhere inside the 8 Ball is the Death Star!  (Read More)

FDAI almost finished!

August 26th - via:
I am finishing up the FDAI and all the visible parts.  I found some photos where you can clearly see that the markings have been milled into the surface.  Does anyone know anything about this?  Others look like they are just painted.  If anyone... (Read More)

Getting ready to Laser Cut the Upper Acrylic Panels!

August 25th - via:
Hello Future Space Travelers! Our Laser Cutter is almost ready to go! Next week we will begin cutting the upper acrylic panels.  These panels are semitransparent to allow for the backlighting for the illumination of the text. After the panels are... (Read More)

The Impossible is happening!

August 25th - via:
Hello Fellow Supporters We are getting a lot of support from our fans, I have received multiple emails, and we have new pledgers determined to support us and see us succeed!   The past few days, I was feeling that reaching our goal was going to be... (Read More)

We are continuing to build our prototypes.

August 25th - via:
Dear Fellow Space Enthusiasts, We want you to know that we are continuing with the competition of several prototypes and feel very optimistic that we will find ways of manufacturing it affordably once we have a finished product.    I am sure that... (Read More)

Moving into our new location!

August 21st - via:
Today we began setting up our new manufacturing location.  Tomorrow we will cut a hole in the wall to Setting up the Laser Cutter in our new location  get the laser cutter working on the upper acrylic panels.   (Read More)

Price Increase for new rewards

August 21st - via:
Hello Everyone, Due to unforeseen circumstances, manufacturing pipelines, tooling, and other various sourcing supplies, we, unfortunately, will have to raise our prices to reflect the actual costs of producing the CMCP metal edition with real toggle... (Read More)

I figured it out! The New "8 Ball" It's a beautiful thing

August 21st - via:
I knew there was a reason I modeled the '8 Ball" I just realized that since it's in 3D, I could perform an Axial displacement on all of the markings; this projects them out from the center of the sphere displacing and scaling the projection.  Using... (Read More)

And suggestions on how to paint a FADI "8" Ball ?

August 21st - via:
We are looking for any suggestions on how to paint the FADI Ball so that it looks original. We are aware of some of the 3D printing and decal transfer processes, but none of them look original. So if any of you NASA experts,  avionics designers,... (Read More)

3D Printer Indicators look great!

August 21st - via:
 I want to get all the indicators printed within the next ten days.  I order buckets or resin today.  I am very pleased with the quality of the print and how well everything fits.  The goal is to have a finished CMCP (all three sections )... (Read More)

A special thanks to Robert Pearlman and Collect Space for covering our campaign!

August 20th - via:
A friend of mine once told me that the greatest moments of going on a trip or vacation were the ones you could never predict; how I have found that to be so true in my own life.  Once I was traveling in Italy by myself; I was about to get on a train... (Read More)

Hot off the Laser Cutter!

August 18th - via:
I am so very pleased to show you our first laser-cut panel section!  In my entire thirty-year career I can honestly say this is an extremely impressive creation. The detail is amazing. The two years of modeling it really paid off.    (Read More)

Metal panels are being cut today !

August 18th - via:
Hello everyone, today we are cutting the center metal panels . I hope to post photos as soon as I get them .  (Read More)

Moving into a new fabrication facility

August 13th - via:
Hello Everyone, We are moving into a fabrication facility next week to begin building our assembly line for parts. Unfortunately, the Laser cutting house that was going to produce our aluminum panel samples informed us today they are too busy on... (Read More)

Center Section Aluminum Panels in the works!

August 12th - via:
Hello Everyone! We are making progress on getting the center section aluminum panels cut.   We have a local company cutting them this week.  Since they are very complex with many cuts and fine detail, these sample panels will be costly.  We... (Read More)

First Samples Sent out to be laser cut!

August 11th - via:
Hello World! Our first panels have been sent out to get laser cut so we can verify the geometry.  We should have samples back this week or early next week.  We're using a laser cutting company in Albuquerque, and they are known for their excellent... (Read More)

Please take advantage of the Early Bird Specials

August 6th - via:
Hello Everyone, And thank you again for being part of our amazing adventure. We have noticed that some of you are unaware of the Early Bird specials where we offer a discount for a limited time.  So please make sure you take advantage of these and... (Read More)

Metal Panels begin manufacturing next week!

August 5th - via:
Hello Pledgers, and thank you for being part of this amazing journey.  We have decided to begin manufacturing the metal panels next week! So far, we have invested about $25K into this venture and have decided that we'll invest another $15K to get... (Read More)

Graphics for the indicator faces has been completed

August 3rd - via:
Some of you may have noticed that the graphics on the indicator faces was not correct. I was using temporary graphics for the indicators until I had time to build them correctly.  So I am now pleased to say they have been completed and used for the... (Read More)

Simulator upgrade option

July 30th - via:
Hello Everyone! Thank you again for being part of this amazing adventure. Like many of you who have thought wouldn't it be great if somehow this could work as a simulator?  I know many of you are looking at all those switches, and deep down inside,... (Read More)

We're off to a great start! Now included LM FDAI .stl Files Free Bonus to all pledgers

July 24th - via:
Thanks, everyone! I have several items that I have modeled for the LM, including the LM FDAI, and we have decided to make them available as a bonus to all pledgers for free.  If time permits, I will include more .stl files of the LM instrumentation... (Read More)

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