Make Your Own 18 Pole 16 Throw Switch (or Any Other Type)

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Introduction: Make Your Own 18 Pole 16 Throw Switch (or Any Other Type)

About: Video game console modder.

In some applications you need the ability to have a switch that incorporates more connections than you can buy in the marketplace. This video shows the concepts, how to build and also a demo of an 18 pole 16 throw switch i've made for a project i'm currently working on (housing a large retro multi-video gaming console system using original hardware); complete with a slider unit which as is seen in the video, works quite smoothly considering.

If you want to see more on the overall project, it's on my forum, www.bacman.co.uk/home

I figured this was also the sort of home-made build solution that would be appropriate for Instructables as it doesn't just show of the end result (although the system is still WIP so doesn't look pretty yet), it does show the concept, teaches how to make one and the considerations involved and also it working.

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    Wow! This is really awesome!
    In my opinion, your video was extremely informative and was very tastefully done.
    Kudos.
    How long did all of this take you?

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    Takes a good couple of months to make a portable.

    Please join my forum if you're interested in this stuff, www.made-by-bacteria.com

    dude you could totally use that as a Halloween prop and have someone dressed as igor "THROW THE SWITCH!" as you cackle maniacally. or hey! why wait for Halloween? everyone can use a good cackle every now and again!

    have you thought about a clutch system of some kind, you could keep the slider like you have it but if you add a lever that reliably pops it on and off the track you wouldn't have to worry about bridging the connections.