Barcade - Arcade for all

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This has been a long time coming but I've decided to go back into my archive from 2009 for a project that I pulled my brother in on.  We were inspired by my initial Barcade hack where I took my favorite Neo-Geo and Mame'd it out using an old Vaio pc and a keyboard hack.   I wanted to take it one step further and build a Mame-cade from scratch - well,  at least the cabinet.   Inspiration came from the many other tutorials that I found online that boasted of weecade-mania.  I'll try to make this brief and try not to ramble.   I also won't include any info on the roms or the software as I would like to focus on a custom cabinet and hardware set up.  I know I know,  I am not the first to create a weecade and there were others who came up with that cutesy term.   I give those people credit for the credit they deserve for pioneering the art of barcadia (I claim coinage of that term).  This is merely my creation of a barcade from 3D model to gaming beast. 

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Step 1: 3D modeling and prep

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I went so far as to model all my components in 3D so I could account for spacing issues and strategery (it's a word thanks to Bush).  I used 3D Max to design the build and kept it as inspiration as I progressed throughout the build.  I ended up breaking apart all the components in the virtual space and laid them all out flat for a large print that I went to Kinko's to get printed out. From there,  I had my perfect template that I simply traced on the mdf.  See the next step for the zipped jpg that I printed an oversize print of for the the template.  At this point, I didn't plan on it but I told my brother that we might as well make 2 since we have enough wood and pc parts so we set out to double our efforts.  
craig33 months ago
I couldn't find it on here, so I was wondering, what is the measurement from side to side? I'm trying to find the size so I can buy some LED strips for the marquee
uitechclub11 months ago
Hey I wanted to say props on the craftsmanship.
synthescape (author)  uitechclub7 months ago
Many thanks! uitechclub. I took a lot of time so I appreciate your comment.
ahead19 months ago
Quick Question, What Size Monitor Are You Using
synthescape (author)  ahead17 months ago
17" standard for Neo Geo. 17" wide for Black Hole.
synthescape (author) 1 year ago
I have posted my template per jeffeb3's request. Find it under the cutting MDF section/step.
jeffeb31 year ago
Very cool. Do you still have the designs for the case? Can you share the printouts you made as a mock up?
synthescape (author)  jeffeb31 year ago
I believe I do but I'll have to dig for it. I was able to find the 3D Max files and associated materials so that's a good sign (archived from '09). I'll look for it when I get home tonight.

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