Arcade machines have a unique look and feel, with large cabinets and smaller Bartop machines that try to maintain the look and feel of traditional vertical arcade cabinets while taking up less space.To this end has given a new aesthetic The engineering marvel of the Bartop arcade [DIY Engineering] causeThe wide angular frames are gone forever, replaced by smooth and slender curves. The key part of making this build work is the curved display.
He started with the detailed design in Fusion360 Really focus on tools and technology [DIY Engineering] Know it will work. The backbone of the device is formed by wooden pins, and 3D printed parts slide around the wooden pins. On both sides of the pin, screw two pieces of acrylic to act as an LED diffuser. On that piece of acrylic, two pieces of CNC-processed red oak are connected to two arcade buttons for pinball drive. At the top, the cast acrylic is heated and then bent into the desired shape with the help of a two-part die press. The screen is inserted perfectly. Part of the display at the top is reserved for the tent, and the dark acrylic has an outstanding appearance. Ten arcade buttons and an eight-way joystick provide a range of input options.
Inside, a temperature-controlled fan and a Raspberry Pi are running. The control is connected as GPIO and read by Pi. So naturally, games on SD cards tend to look best on long vertical screens: vertical shooting games, etc.
It can be said that the best part of this project is not only the execution (which is great), but the look behind the scenes in the process. Many potential problems were solved in the modeling stage, and the production process was quite smooth (or we think YouTube hides many evils). The results speak for themselves, we think this is an enviable arcade game. [DIY Engineering] It has been mentioned that files will be provided in the future for you to build your own files. If this seems a little scary, why not try a smaller 3D printable bar counter?
Video after the break.