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.
Step 1: 3D modeling and prep
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.