I made a wearable electronics thing that uses a few push buttons and a few rotary potentiometers. I used panel-mount components, drilled some holes in a plastic case and screwed them in, soldered wires to the leads and attached those to my little PCB and everything worked great. But it was kind of annoying finicky work (especially the wiring, space was tight) and I am trying to reduce my workload for the next project.
Has anyone come across something like a pre-made control panel that has a couple of buttons and dials (rotary, linear, whatever), perhaps with all the leads pre-soldered and run out on a ribbon cable, or something like that? Does this sort of thing exist? I see it for industrial, electrical, automotive applications, but usually pretty big and designed to be mounted on a console. I want something like 3x3 inches square with a few small controls. Obviously I can keep making them custom for each project, but do any off-the-self things exist?