A few years ago I came up with the idea to make an Arcade machine. But because I had the feeling that I am a bit clumsy making things, I never started with such a large project. Until two months ago I became a member of Makerspace Leiden. The machines that I can use here make everything a little easier and the problem of my clumsiness has become smaller.
I used the big CNC machine to create the left- and the right side of the Arcade machine. A benefit is that each side is exactly the same.
I designed the entire Arcade machine myself, from begin to end. I started making a drawing in Fusion 360, which I adjusted (many times) until I had a result on my screen that I was satisfied with. I bought the straight boards at Hornbach, cut to right size and with the large CNC machine from Makerspace Leiden I have now created two sideboards, a console board with holes and a monitor frame. The monitor frame fits to the millimeter and has a small recess in the lower right where the push buttons of the monitor are recessed. The result is exactly as I designed. After that I made slots in the sides with a router in which a T-molding (bumper) goes.
In my imagination this Arcade machine looks super cool down to the smallest detail. Now it is a matter of turning everything in my imagination into reality. Detail is the magic word in this design. I think I have thought of everything, from bumper to external network and USB connections on the back.
I hope to assemble the Arcade machine very soon so that I can post part two with the result soon.
The console is made for two players. It consists of two joysticks and twelve buttons. All cut out with the big CNC machine.