Something that Anovos should have made more clear in their write-up is that their phaser was in fact made directly from original design files provided by CBS*, since it adds much to its cachet. This only recently came to light with an official statement from the company that was shared by the RPF member “TheTrekNerd” (I contacted Anovos separately to verify that it was in fact their writing):
Our ANOVOS Phaser was created using the original 3D files & assets used in the design and creation of the physical props for production, and provided to us by CBS. However, during the creation of the Show Phaser, the prop department made a change to simplify the manufacture of the physical props for the show.
As originally designed (and as seen on the ANOVOS Phaser) the power status indicator is visible on both the left and right sides of the pistol grip. This meant that the Phaser was “ambidextrous” and it’s power level could be checked from both sides. An addition item worth noting: the side switch on the ANOVOS Phaser (used to switch between “Stun” and “Kill” settings) is functional only from the left side, with the switch on the right being static. Having the switch operate the prop’s settings from either side was something that the original prop department struggled with on the Show Phasers, and having learned from their experience we limited the function of that switch to just the left side.
The only changes Anovos made to the 3d printed parts were apparently during assembly.
*CBS, for whatever reason, provided an earlier version of the grip, with two power meter windows. I need to go back and check the early episodes to see if the two-window version ever appeared… as we’ve seen, by the time of the San Diego prop display, the phaser had been revised to delete the second meter window, and it’s unclear if any with that earlier detail made it to screen.