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I 3D Printed My Own Bartop Arcade Machine

I grew up in the 80s, probably the glory days of arcade gaming, so I have always wished I had an arcade machine of my own with real arcade joystick and buttons. Fairly recently, I built a 3D printer from kit, so I thought I should put it to good use and make myself a desktop arcade machine. Over a few weeks, I ordered all the electronic parts I needed, like the controller, LCD display, Raspberry Pi 3, etc. I then did all the 3D modelling and spent over 100 hours printing the parts. Also, I wanted my arcade machine to have a lot of detail, so I also created things like a faux coin slot, etc. To give it the professional finish, I also designed the artwork which I sent to a commercial printer to have it printed on vinyl sticker. Do take a look at the video and photos below to see how much effort I put into making a small dream of mine come true!

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Here's how it looks like completed.

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3D Modelling

I designed all the parts needed to build the body of the arcade machine using TinkerCAD.

I designed all the parts needed to build the body of the arcade machine using TinkerCAD.

What it will look like when assembled.

What it will look like when assembled.

Now we move on to 3D printing

It took over 100 hours to print all the parts.

It took over 100 hours to print all the parts.

Test fitting to make sure everything is correct.

Test fitting to make sure everything is correct.

Almost finished printing all the parts.

Almost finished printing all the parts.

Painting

Sprayed with primer putty and sanded down for a smooth finish.

Sprayed with primer putty and sanded down for a smooth finish.

Sprayed everything matte black and left to cure over a few days.

Sprayed everything matte black and left to cure over a few days.

The back panel with ventilation holes. This was added later because I realised I forgot to put in any vents.

The back panel with ventilation holes. This was added later because I realised I forgot to put in any vents.

Assembling All the Parts

I bought an 8" IPS LCD display with 4:3 ratio for this project.

I bought an 8" IPS LCD display with 4:3 ratio for this project.

Here it is installed into my 3D printed parts.

Here it is installed into my 3D printed parts.

These are real arcade joystick and buttons.

These are real arcade joystick and buttons.

Fully installed.

Fully installed.

Speakers and LEDs installed behind the marquee.

Speakers and LEDs installed behind the marquee.

Final assembly.

Final assembly.

The insides of the machine.

The insides of the machine.

Finishing Touches

I designed the artwork and sent it to a commercial printer to have it printed on vinyl sticker.

I designed the artwork and sent it to a commercial printer to have it printed on vinyl sticker.

It's Completed!

It took a few weeks of work during my spare time, but seeing the final result, it was well worth it.

It took a few weeks of work during my spare time, but seeing the final result, it was well worth it.

The danger sticker is just for decorative purposes.

The danger sticker is just for decorative purposes.

The faux coin slot, just for fun.

The faux coin slot, just for fun.

The controls placement is based on actual arcade machines with a minor modification to fit it here.

The controls placement is based on actual arcade machines with a minor modification to fit it here.

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