Retro-Pi Arcade Console Revamp

Starting console

Starting console

Denhac is an interesting place filled with interesting people and often times interesting stuff.  I had grown tired of seeing this Arcade Console floating around the “Please Hack” pile and thought it was high time someone slapped a Retro-Pi in it.

This project was pretty simple and consisted of the following steps:

  1. Disassemble and gut existing console
  2. Remove crappy glue-on finish and sand
  3. Paint
  4. Sand
  5. Paint
  6. Rewire controls using I-PAC
  7. Assemble and plug into Pi
Original Wiring

Original Wiring

Originally I had planned to paint a green Denhac logo onto the surface of the controller, but the stencil I had printed turned up missing and our laser cutter bulb burned out. I’ll probably return to this later. For now we have a nifty retro-pi arcade console that Denhac can take to conventions.

 

Johnny Five Disassemble

Johnny Five Disassemble

un-soldering Original Console

un-soldering Original Console

Fresh Coat of Paint

Fresh Coat of Paint

Fresh Wiring with I-PAC

Fresh Wiring with I-PAC

Finished Product... For Now

Finished Product… For Now

Update

Brian Weis using 3D Printer

Mechanically Separated Games has now officially been transfered to Zokya Media. Why? Who knows, it’s not like any of these concepts of mine go anywhere, but that’s all part of the fun!

I have been living in Denver now for quite some time and a lot has happened. I’m hoping to update this space with new and upcoming projects so be sure to check back often, non-existent reader.

The biggest bit of project related news is that I have purchased a 3D printer kit and assembled it! The kit was a Makerfarm Pegasus 8″, took me about 3 solid days of work, and came together beautifully!  More on that later, but in the mean time here’s a picture of 2 dog keychains I printed out for my sister. They feature her two pups, Kota and Lil.

2016-05-08

For the keychains I found a couple of dog silhouette online, used Inkscape to trace them as vector, then imported them to Blender. Once in Blender I was able to extrude the shape into a 3D Mesh, and add the loops and lettering.