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Finally I got started on my micro bartop after recieving the acrylic parts from laser cutting.

The cabinet is build with a 10.4 inch monitor, mini-ITX motherboard and a Ultimarc Ultrastik 360 with build in encoder. The cabinet itself is made from acrylic sheets only and they are cut with laser.

The cabinet is designed to be small enough to sit comfortably in you lab while playing. This makes it possibly to play in your bed or on your couch. So this is really more of a laptop than a bartop :D I made it this way because I found out that a bartop is really only comfortably while standing on a bar top. But I have no bar in my home, so I figured it had to be made for the couch, bed or dinner table.

The size of the cabinet is just perfect for using 10.1 inch netbooks too. It will fit perfect and the widescreen 10.1 inch monitor will fit easily.

You can see more pictures and read more here:

http://www.koenigs.dk/mame/eng/stepnanocade.htm

Complete specifications here:
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I will keep posting new pictures of my progress the following days :) It feels good to be back in business!

Here is a little teaser of the control panel:



Here is all the parts it's made from:



I made two control panels, one that to be bended with a heat gun and one to be glued. It did this because I thought it would be very hard to bend nicely and it really really was :) But it looks good.



Originally the sides were orange, but they were cut the wrong way and I didn't have any more orange acrylic, so new ones were made in black acrylics.



The intial bond is made with a fast curing solution called Acrifix 116. I reinforce the T-bonding on the inside with Acrifix 192, a solution that becomes acrylic when exposed to UV light.
The bond becomes so strong I can't brake them with my bare hands.



The bottom of the cabinet. The holes are for mounting the mini-ITX



PCB mounting feet bonded with epoxy (Araldite)



Marquues



Drilling



Back panel and one of the sides are glued together.



The foil on the inside is removed to see how the black acrylics look. They are actually pretty sexy.



This is where I mounted the moulding for the side of the cabinet.



The other side



You can almost see how it's going to look now. I actually forgot the panel for the monitor at first, but remembered it just before the glue bonded.



The edge of the top panel and back panel is sanded down to make less of a gap between the two panels.



The monitor and motherboard is installed to test if they fit. It's much closer than I like it to be. I had to grind the monitor panel a bit to make the PicoPSU fit. But for a moment there I thought that I was never going to make the parts fit. Pew.  It really is a tiny cabinet.



The back of the control panel is sanded to make the epoxy stick better. The steel mounting bracket is also sanded.



The joystick mounting bracket is glued on with the epoxy 2-component solution. I have to use this every time two different materials meet. It's very strong, but not anything near the acrylic adhesive. Still, I recon you could easily lift a car with the bonding strength between the bracket and the control panel. I'm pretty sure this is never going to brake apart.



The marquee is installed with the acrylic adhesive and hold into place with some tape. I wish I could have made a bigger marquee, but the monitor takes op all the space in such a small cabinet.



This is probably the part that makes a MAME cabinet look like a MAME cabinet. The control panel really is the heart of the machine, no doubt about it.
I finally decided to use the heat bend control panel. It just feels much nicer to the hand and eye, even if it doesn't have the perfect fit of the other control panel. You just have to follow your heats in these matters :)



A small bracket for the two usb ports is placed in the corner. This should increase the surface area for the glue. Some moulding is also mounted to stop the bottom panel from bending to the inside.
You can also see the grinding I made to make the PicoPSU fit under the monitor panel.



Yet another reinforcement and another moulding to stop the bottom panel.



Looks just perfect. Time to install the inserts.



The inserts is placed in the holes along with some epoxy to make them stay there for good. I really love the these inserts, they look super professional and compared to making the thread directly in the acrylics, these inserts can be used again and again without ruining the thread.



The cover for the monitor is mounted behind the marquee, where it can be pushed upwards and dragged out, for cleaning, installing the monitor ect. Simple and effective system with no visible screws.
The cover is made from a 3 mm grey transparent acrylic sheet with 49% transmission. This hides the LCD monitor better and it makes the contrast look better. The drawback is that it makes it a bit more dim.



An orange moulding is placed in the bottom to compliment the whole colour scheme.
This wasn't something I planned from the beginning, just a last minute change.   



The Sanwa and Seimitsu pushbuttons are installed along with the 10 mm buttons. There isn't much room for your fingers here, but it's just fine.



The orange moulding looks good with the buttons.



On the back you see the screws are flush with the Plexiglas surface.
The SSD is mounted with stainless Allen bolts. I like there small details.




The mini-ITX motherboard is mounted to the bottom panel. The mini-ITX board is only 160 x 160 mm and the panel is the same length as a sheet of A4 paper. Just to give you an idea of the size.



All the sharp edges are grinded with the edge of a knife. I also use a file, but not sandpaper, it makes the edges grey and matte. 



Here is the USB plugs. It's just made of two shortened USB extension cables mounted to a piece of plexiglas with epoxy. This is a very inexpensive way to make some nice USB plugs.



On the outside it looks more professional than most panel mounting USB plugs you can buy for this type of work. That's why I decided to make my own instead and they also take up less space.



Windows XP is installed from an external DVD writer. The day after I actually installed Windows 7 Starter edition instead, it's just runs that much better and only uses about 5 sec more to boot.
As you can see, there really isn't much room in the cabinet with all the cables installed. It was very hard to close it afterwards. 10 % more space wouldn't have hurt :D



It's alive! Always a good feeling when, against all odds, it actually works. Especially when you have shortened most cables yourself.

It would have been much easier to use a netbook instead :D And cheaper. It's actually designet to fit a netbook too.



Finally the bottom panel is mounted and some rubber feet is applied. It really took some effort to get it all to fit in there.



I also wanted a front-end that could be totally changed to match the style of the Nanocade.

After working with the front-end for some days and changing it about 7 times, hence v1.70, I ended up with this design.

It shows a screenshot, marquee, year, manufacturer, players, number of buttons used and the type of control.
It looks more smooth in full resolution.














Now it's more or less finished. If you like to see more pictures of the finished cabinet and my comments look here:
http://www.koenigs.dk/mame/eng/stepnanocade.htm

I FINALLY DECIDED TO MAKE THIS PROJECT FREE TO DOWNLOAD. HAVE FUN GUYS!
http://www.koenigs.dk/mame/eng/drawnanocade.htm

Cheers!
« Last Edit: August 08, 2013, 04:39:59 pm by lokesen »
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Bartop
« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2011, 08:38:58 am »
Finally the wait is over, looking good my friend :cheers:

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Bartop
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2011, 10:31:16 am »
Nice to see the start of your new build.  It will be fabulous looking at the parts you have cut.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Bartop
« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2011, 10:55:46 am »
After your other buildings, now this ...
I think I can say "I'm a fan of Koenig"
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Bartop
« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2011, 11:12:00 am »
This is sexy stuff indeed. When are the kits available?  :afro:

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Bartop
« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2011, 03:59:08 pm »
Good job. Been a while since I've seen a small build. VRF and his pixelbox was the only bartop I can think of that was built from acrylic. You can check it out here: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=50248.200

I think he talks about how he attached the panels - some epoxy if I remember right.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Bartop
« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2011, 04:17:28 pm »
Here is one other acrylic bartop I've seen on here: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=105864.

Not as small (it is a 2 player) and uses aluminum brackets to connect most of the parts. 

Can't wait to see how yours turns out lokesen

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Bartop
« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2011, 05:01:44 pm »
Good job. Been a while since I've seen a small build. VRF and his pixelbox was the only bartop I can think of that was built from acrylic. You can check it out here: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=50248.200

I think he talks about how he attached the panels - some epoxy if I remember right.

I only use epoxy for the joystick mounting bracket in steel, that glued onto the acrylic controlpanel. Epoxy isn't strong enough for acrylics, so I'm using a industrial acrylic solution for that (Evonax 116 and 192). I learned from the Pixelboy project only to use the correct adhesive/bonding for acrylics :) The one I use is really strong, when I make a T-bonding, I can't brake it with my bare hands.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Bartop
« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2011, 05:05:36 pm »
This is sexy stuff indeed. When are the kits available?  :afro:

If I get enough requests I think I will make kits including a joystick mounting bracket in stel (invisible mounting from the back side of the CP.

It will be a bit pricey though. Black acrylics isn't cheap.
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Bartop
« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2011, 05:22:41 pm »
Looks to be a cool project.

It will be a bit pricey though. Black acrylics isn't cheap.

Do you mean black acrylic is expensive compared to other colour acrylics or do you mean acrylic is expensive full stop? I find acrylic to be fairly inexpensive.

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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2011, 05:43:53 pm »
Black acrylic is sexy!

Just reading through your post, I notice you mentioning the heat-bent CP got shorter...if you get a chance to do another one, you should over estimate the length, bend it, then trim the excess off with a router. That would be easier to get the proper measurements you need.


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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Bartop
« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2011, 06:15:59 pm »
Looks to be a cool project.

It will be a bit pricey though. Black acrylics isn't cheap.

Do you mean black acrylic is expensive compared to other colour acrylics or do you mean acrylic is expensive full stop? I find acrylic to be fairly inexpensive.

Laser cut colour acrylics is much much more expensive than making the same cabinet in wood. It has cost me around 500 dollars in laser cut acrylics to make this micro cabinet. I could have made it for 10 dollars in plywood.

Is 500 dollars more expensive than 10 dollars? Yes, it's 50 times more expensive ;) I know the laser cutting is by far the biggest cost here ;) 
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Bartop
« Reply #12 on: January 20, 2011, 06:43:20 pm »
Black acrylic is sexy!

Hell yeah it is!
 :woot

Looking forward to seeing this beauty from one of the masters.

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« Reply #13 on: January 21, 2011, 07:36:36 am »
I agree, it's more shiny than any paint I know of :D

Black acrylic is sexy!

Just reading through your post, I notice you mentioning the heat-bent CP got shorter...if you get a chance to do another one, you should over estimate the length, bend it, then trim the excess off with a router. That would be easier to get the proper measurements you need.


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« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2011, 09:32:59 am »
I want one! this is so awesome! congrats  :applaud:

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Laptop/Bartop
« Reply #15 on: January 22, 2011, 05:03:01 am »
Updated :)
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Laptop/Bartop
« Reply #16 on: January 22, 2011, 09:25:15 am »
"Pretty sexy" is an understatement.  :notworthy:

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 23/01/11)
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2011, 04:32:04 am »
Updated with new pictures
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« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2011, 01:55:49 pm »
Looking pretty hot Lokesen!

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 24/01/11)
« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2011, 04:26:57 pm »
Updated with new pics :)
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 24/01/11)
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2011, 06:58:15 pm »
There is almost no strain on the stick mounting unless the Hulk is playing, so glue is great for this. I made a small arcade stick out of an empty CD briefcase and spare arcade parts a couple of years back and it sits perfect today.

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« Reply #21 on: January 25, 2011, 08:05:20 am »
There is almost no strain on the stick mounting unless the Hulk is playing, so glue is great for this. I made a small arcade stick out of an empty CD briefcase and spare arcade parts a couple of years back and it sits perfect today.

You're right. Only a few pounds of pressure is applied, so it's just fine. I updated with a couple of pictures ;)
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 25/01/11)
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2011, 08:39:04 am »
Not only is that bent panel pleasing to the eye, I'm sure it will be much more comfortable as well.  :applaud:

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 25/01/11)
« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2011, 01:03:49 pm »
This is a very nice looking project.
Great work Lokeson, I love the materials used and the marquee looks cool.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 25/01/11)
« Reply #24 on: January 26, 2011, 06:04:53 am »
Inspiring, once again the bench mark has been raised. Looking forward to seeing the finished article  :applaud:

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 25/01/11)
« Reply #25 on: January 26, 2011, 10:35:35 am »
Inspiring, once again the bench mark has been raised. Looking forward to seeing the finished article  :applaud:

I don't think I raise any bench mark, but I really do appreciate the you saying it  ;D Hope my projects inspires someone though, that's what makes it worth it.





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« Reply #26 on: January 27, 2011, 05:20:58 am »
Updated...
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 27/01/11)
« Reply #27 on: January 27, 2011, 05:51:47 am »
Thanks for the update! Is that a temporary washer for the stick? It looks a bit too big.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 27/01/11)
« Reply #28 on: January 27, 2011, 06:23:05 am »
Masterpiece of art.....design......and precision!!!  :applaud: :applaud: :applaud: :applaud:
The acrylics looks GREAT.
But if we compare all your (great) projects the most ispirational for other users i think it is Weecade  :applaud: :applaud: :applaud: :applaud: .
I think that Nanocade is a much more difficult construction + expensive to build project.
Do you think other users could make Nanocade clones? 

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« Reply #29 on: January 27, 2011, 07:22:11 am »
Masterpiece of art.....design......and precision!!!  :applaud: :applaud: :applaud: :applaud:
The acrylics looks GREAT.
But if we compare all your (great) projects the most ispirational for other users i think it is Weecade  :applaud: :applaud: :applaud: :applaud: .
I think that Nanocade is a much more difficult construction + expensive to build project.
Do you think other users could make Nanocade clones? 

Thanks

If I'm having some kits made with all the acrylic pieces cut out and the joystick bracket, I think most in here would be able to make a clone with less effort than a wooden cabinet. If you had to design the pieces yourself, I think that would be much much harder, and maybe impossible for most people.

The kits would be without any of the mistakes my prototype has and with all the holes made. It would also have much nicer speaker and fan vents and the logo would be sweeter too. That's because I use someone with a laser cutter made for plastic.

I think I could sell a kit at around 325 dollars plus shipping if I had 10+ of them made. That's not too bad I think.
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 27/01/11)
« Reply #30 on: January 27, 2011, 07:24:59 am »
Thanks for the update! Is that a temporary washer for the stick? It looks a bit too big.

I agree

I plan to make one myself in clear or black 2 mm acrylics. I also would like a shorter shaft. It looks OK with the balltop mounted though.
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 27/01/11)
« Reply #31 on: January 27, 2011, 12:44:55 pm »
I plan to make one myself in clear or black 2 mm acrylics. I also would like a shorter shaft. It looks OK with the balltop mounted though.

May I suggest you make one with a beveled edge:

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« Reply #32 on: January 27, 2011, 02:18:28 pm »
May I suggest you make one with a beveled edge:
Emph, I really love what you did with the artwork insert here.
It's simple and absolutely brilliant! That, paired with the clear dust washer is just perfect. I'm going to "borrow" your idea
You actually got a lot of good info and images on your site...I will need to peruse more. ;)

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 27/01/11)
« Reply #33 on: January 27, 2011, 02:54:05 pm »
Emph, I really love what you did with the artwork insert here.
It's simple and absolutely brilliant! That, paired with the clear dust washer is just perfect. I'm going to "borrow" your idea
You actually got a lot of good info and images on your site...I will need to peruse more. ;)

Go right ahead! I was kinda surprised that it worked so well.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 27/01/11)
« Reply #34 on: January 27, 2011, 04:39:09 pm »
I plan to make one myself in clear or black 2 mm acrylics. I also would like a shorter shaft. It looks OK with the balltop mounted though.

May I suggest you make one with a beveled edge:


I wouldn't know how to make one. How do you do it?
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 27/01/11)
« Reply #35 on: January 27, 2011, 05:23:55 pm »
I wouldn't know how to make one. How do you do it?

Neither do I, I bought mine from FrancoB (he's a member here).

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 27/01/11)
« Reply #36 on: January 27, 2011, 06:26:26 pm »
Lokesen, great build!  I am looking forward to seeing the final result.

I am almost ready to start posting pics of my mini-cabs.  I tend to get to a 85-90% finished result before I post results.  That's just me.  Where did you get the 10mm buttons.  My CP for the mini's I am making is kind of lacking in the real-estate area.  The joysticks I got were the smallest ball top Semitsu's I could find here in Japan.  The buttons are also 24mm Semitsu pushbuttons.  Player 1 and 2 start buttons are the issue.  I need to have them as small as possible.  The only really small pushbuttons I found were really horrible 12mm red momentary contact buttons.  I really like the black ones you have.

Keep up the great work.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 27/01/11)
« Reply #37 on: January 27, 2011, 09:26:00 pm »
yeah that black sure is pretty!  cant wait to see ya finish it.. even if you spent quite a bit on the pretty black stuff.. like my grandma use to say..  cant take it with ya so enjoy what ya got :)  she use to say.. if its free its for me too... she grew up in the great depression time period :D 

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 27/01/11)
« Reply #38 on: January 28, 2011, 07:06:33 am »
You have the same problems as I had :D

You can get the 10 mm buttons here:
http://www.arcadeshop.de/index.php?cPath=79_85

Actually they are 15 mm buttons, but they are very nice. You need to push harder than a arcade push button though :D

Lokesen, great build!  I am looking forward to seeing the final result.

I am almost ready to start posting pics of my mini-cabs.  I tend to get to a 85-90% finished result before I post results.  That's just me.  Where did you get the 10mm buttons.  My CP for the mini's I am making is kind of lacking in the real-estate area.  The joysticks I got were the smallest ball top Semitsu's I could find here in Japan.  The buttons are also 24mm Semitsu pushbuttons.  Player 1 and 2 start buttons are the issue.  I need to have them as small as possible.  The only really small pushbuttons I found were really horrible 12mm red momentary contact buttons.  I really like the black ones you have.

Keep up the great work.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 28/01/11)
« Reply #39 on: January 28, 2011, 08:13:57 am »
Those USB outlets are really sexy. But, aren't you afraid of getting scratches on the surrounding acrylic? I would put a square sticker of some sort on the surface, and cut out the USB holes in it to protect it, but perhaps it's not necessary? I'm not really familiar with the material.