Jan,I have seen LCD with buttons a while back. If by that you meant LCD module and a few buttons all on the same circuit board. Someone asked a while back about a 20X4 serial LCD and I followed his link and found a whole bunch of LCDs of different types some with buttons (4 direction, a yes and a no).If you can settle with a few keys and an LCD that can be assembled on a PCB, you can check out several LCD shields that different people made. I make a couple models myself. Just click the phi-2 shield link on my signature with the long stripe of pictures As for housing, do you mean some sort of box or handheld device enclosure that will reveal an LCD and buttons? Google box enclosures you can find some but frankly I looked at many of their dimensions and the don't even fit a basic 16x2 display on their windows. I gave up and made my own in two ways:1) customize a sheet of acrylic online (I went to ponoko) to cut out a window for LCD and a few holes for buttons.2) but an enclosure large enough, cut your own window with a power tool like Dremel. Very tedious and long for me.Read my short story of my "journey" to make an enclosure for my project:http://liudr.wordpress.com/2011/01/10/make-an-enclosure-or-face-plate-for-your-arduino-projects/
Perhaps this series of enclosures from Adafruit may be useful: http://www.adafruit.com/products/821Regards,-__-
Craig,Those steel screw heads are hurting my eyes. I don't have a workshop to countersink holes. The holes were all laser cut so they are all straight. Will be looking for tools to do the counter sinking. Any suggestions? I have a Dremel. Don't know if there is a countersink bit. I know how to do it on a mill but that was some years ago.
Craig,I've thought about that drill press. Since my wired dremel is quite under powered (maybe I should use highest speed) I felt it is not safe to press it down on something. Do you have experience with a dremel drill press?
Thanks Craig. We only have big-box stores like Sears and else. I think cheaper ones run $100 so I will definitely go for one instead of adding more to my dremel. Anyway, if I had a house I would have a drill press (on a large stand), and a few other machines all the way up to a mill. But I don't have a house yet. My tiny garage houses the two cars we have and very little space for anything else.
I figured selling these modules will not get me rich. I can make $10 a piece on average and that will take forever to get rich. I spent too much time waiting in line to ship international. USPS has killed my international after it doubled shipping to international locations.