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DIY CHERRY MICROSWITCH FOR ARCADE BUTTONS (Warning! Janky)

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They said it couldn't be done... well more like they said it SHOULDN'T be done and was pointless with the items being so affordable... but the hell with that I dig tinkering and this is free equipment for an arcade project slapped together in less than 10 mins

This is my first instructable hope you dig it.

I am always broke but I have lofty goals like building a M.A.M.E. (Multiple Arcade Emulation Machine) Cabinet.  I found some arcade plunger buttons being practically given away on my local craigslist but they were missing a few microswitches which are the real brains of it all . I have a collection of PC hdd  power/reset switches I scavenged from some old throwaway PCs I knew would come in handy somehow. One day I was thinking micro cherry switches, hdd power switches... other than form factor whats the heck is the difference? turns out nothing. Some wood and duct tape can make it all come together check it out :
 
FYI: if you wanna buy the arcade buttons outright it's only like $3.00 USD plunger switch and all. S+H is where they get you. Also most microwaves usually have the same type switches built in their doors  (I think to sense if the door is shut). So if you wanted you could rip apart old/ broken microwaves for them but that could be a dangerous practice as that microwaves like printers and CRT monitors can still carry charges in their capacitors long after being unplugged. Don't try that unless you KNOW what your doing. I claim no responsibility for this awful information. :)

List of materials needed:
1. Arcade Plunger button sans micro switch
2. Wire cutters (for trimming the switch)
3. A way to strip wires for me its a box blade
4. IPAC USB Encoder or hacked and mapped Keyboard (selected key combo circuits mapped on pcb) heres a good diy http://www.instructables.com/id/Keyboard-encoder-for-MAME-arcade/
5. Glue or tape
6. scrap wood
7. misc wire
8. nail or drill to make mounting holes
9.  PC HDD power/reset switch from old/broke PC
10. sense of adventure
 
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SugarCluster6 months ago

You can try this trick:

  1. Run the microwave(even if the microwave is broken)

2. Remove the plug while it's operating

3. Just to be sure,short internal capacitors to the ground.

jimbojones517 months ago
i bought 2 joysticks an 9 buttons with micro switches on ebay for like 30 bucks was worth it. but otherwise your hack is alright i guess

I'm impressed with the McGuyver aspect of this, but that's a lot of work to replace a $1 switch. Still, in an arcade emergency, this could save the day.

petercd7 months ago

Janky maybe, but end product works well and its probably going to be hidden anyway.

I would've gone with hot melt glue too, more durable for long term, buit you've gotta go with what you've got.

Nice hack.

KooLAiD1337 (author)  petercd7 months ago
Thnx :D