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Portable Arcade Build

Portable Arcade Build

Postby rob3662 » Mon May 05, 2014 1:04 am

I posted a picture about my briefcase arcade in my build thread, but after messing with it a bit I decided that it was too small to work, so I have been working on a new design.

I made a box out of 0.2" plywood using the 'tabbed box maker' extension in Inkscape to create the layout. I cut it using a 1/8" upcut endmill at around 14500RPM and 60IPM. I glued it together yesterday.

Here are a few pictures, in the second one I am gluing a piece of the plywood to a piece of 3/4" mdf to make the bezel for the monitor. I am planning on cutting that tomorrow and may make a video of it.

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If anyone is wondering I am going to be using a Raspberry Pi running PiPLAY and using controls from Adafruit.
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Re: Portable Arcade Build

Postby keith » Mon May 05, 2014 9:12 am

This look VERY INTERESTING........
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Re: Portable Arcade Build

Postby bajaru » Mon May 05, 2014 8:42 pm

Very cool project! After creating the tabbed boxes in Inkscape, did you have to modify the inside corners to over-cut them?

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Re: Portable Arcade Build

Postby rob3662 » Tue May 06, 2014 2:11 am

I am using cambam and just set over cut corners to true. If your cam program can't do that then you would have to modify every corner..... which would suck.
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Re: Portable Arcade Build

Postby rob3662 » Thu May 08, 2014 10:27 pm

I got the bezel cut today, the monitor fits in it good, hopefully it will fit in the box when I cut it open the weekend. Here are some pictures.

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I got to extend the ribbon cable the carries the signal to the screen and also extend the power wires for the backlight over the weekend and hopefully get the control panel cut.
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Re: Portable Arcade Build

Postby newcncer » Tue May 20, 2014 3:02 am

Awesome! Can't wait to see the rest! I made a couple with my machine and now cut the panels for a local guy who sells the complete machines. Here is a pic of the 2 I made. The run the 60 in 1 jamma board
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Re: Portable Arcade Build

Postby rob3662 » Tue May 20, 2014 11:16 pm

nice, my build has slowed down. Between work and being a new dad and people wanting lithophanes done I don't have much time to spend at this. I am going to try to get all my wires extended tomorrow after work so I can finish up the monitor and have that much done.
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Re: Portable Arcade Build

Postby rob3662 » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:57 pm

I haven't been active on here in a while since I haven't been doing much with the router or my arcade build. I did get some work done on the arcade during the last few days of work before summer vacation after exams were over. Me and the tech teacher were setting up the new 3d printer that the school got, a cubex trio, and while test prints were running I finally extended the wires for the monitor. I am hoping to get some more work done on it in the next week and have it finished for my friends house warming party(he is a gamer).

I will keep you posted.
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Re: Portable Arcade Build

Postby keith » Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:57 am

rob3662 wrote:I am using cambam and just set over cut corners to true. If your cam program can't do that then you would have to modify every corner..... which would suck.


Does anyone know if this can be done as nicely in VCarve Pro or Aspire?

The corners look GREAT!!!!
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Re: Portable Arcade Build

Postby Awesomeness » Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:48 pm

I don't know for sure, but it's a pretty common feature in CAM software... they all basically do it.
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