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Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« on: July 29, 2013, 03:32:00 pm »
Howdy-

I bought a used yoke, got replacement parts, cleaned it up, got the USB interface, & now I need to design a temporary clamp mount to attach it to the front of my MAME cabinet's control panel. I'm going to pursue an idea not unlike PC steering wheels, which clamp to the front lip of a table. I've already implemented this idea with a Sega Saturn Virtual On controller by using a Craftsman bar clamp.

So, before I design an enclosure that will protect the exposed guts that are normally behind the Star Wars control panel sheet metal, and that will have some sort of non-marring feet & a clamp, I wanted to see if anybody had already modeled the yoke in 3D CAD software. For my project, I really need only the geometry from the mounting plate (the square plate with 4 threaded studs), but having more modeled certainly can't hurt.

If I don't get any responses in the near future, I'll model it up myself in SolidWorks, but I was hoping to not have to perform this step! :]

Thanks,
-Jason

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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2013, 03:42:49 pm »
Couldn't find a model, but here's the mounting template.


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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2013, 03:49:53 pm »
Thanks! That's a good start--that information is needed for the front yoke-mount face of the shroud/housing/thingy that I'll be designing. The other main thing I need is the volume envelope of the gears/bracket/etc. that go behind that plane.

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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2013, 05:44:24 pm »
Almost forgot this old post of mine.

There's a side view and cut plan for my (still unbuilt) yoke housing.

The part of the yoke that extends behind the CP goes ~5.5" deep.

Allow at least 6" so the wires coming out the back can clear.


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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #4 on: July 29, 2013, 06:15:20 pm »
Thanks!

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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #5 on: August 08, 2013, 04:15:02 pm »
Howdy-

Crude modeling of yoke done over a few lunch breaks at work. I didn't bother modeling any of the yoke's internal guts. All I really needed was everything aft of the square mounting plate, but I went ahead & also whipped up the parts that the player sees, partly for fun, & partly to be able to represent the yoke at its full steering hardstop, to make sure that the handles didn't contact the control panel when turning hard. Plus, this should help a bit with my mockup/ergonomics to achieve a good angle between the adapter's mounting surface & the angle of the yoke as presented to the player.

Next up: design up some bent sheet metal to hold the yoke, protect the wiring, hold the USB interface, include holes for non-marring grippy rubber feet, & provide an interface to a clamp system. I plan on using the same polyurethane feet & Craftsman bar clamp as used in my Virtual On controller: http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php/topic,133751.msg1378477.html

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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2013, 08:43:13 pm »
If some generous forum member(s) who own SW yokes could snap a couple of dozen photos of their yoke from many angles, they could be uploaded to a site like 123D.com or Cubify.com.

They take the photos,  do som fancy post processing on them, and give you back a CAD file of the resulting surfaces.

This actually works rather well on some things and the yoke might be a great candidate.

You can also order a 3D print of the file and have the part(s) shipped to you for a fee.
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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #7 on: August 09, 2013, 02:03:29 pm »

Hrm.  I have three of them... is there a real need to have this done?

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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #8 on: August 09, 2013, 05:10:53 pm »
Depends on how authentic the OP is wanting his yoke to be.

If its not a big deal with the OP, then probably not.

But at the same time it might be good to digitally preserve the original yoke as they get more difficult to find.
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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2013, 05:16:51 pm »
it might be good to digitally preserve the original yoke as they get more difficult to find.

BTW, the handles are RAM repros (more square) instead of the original Atari handles.


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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #10 on: August 09, 2013, 05:41:31 pm »
I'd love a 3d model of the Star Wars Yoke.  I have a 3d printer so this would be a nice project for it.  Jasonbar: can you post your model file?  Even if it's crude it might be a good starting point.

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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #11 on: August 12, 2013, 06:25:34 pm »
Killin' me, guys. Ouch, my ego.

So, I post pics of my exterior CAD model of my original SW yoke & that elicits a request for people to take pictures of their original SW yokes to send off to have an exterior CAD model made of a SW yoke...

And then the "crude" comment. Ouch! Oh wait, that's a quote of my own post--I offended myself. :]


I can make the CAD model as detailed as I want. For my purposes, I didn't even really need anything fore of the mount plate, but I thought it would be fun to model it & share it & others could use it, and it would be icing on the cake of designing a mount bracket/frame to let me attach my original SW yoke to my MAME cab.

I was going to post CAD files of the whole banana after I made the adapter, but I can post the SW yoke CAD files now.

Attached to this post are the original SolidWorks 2011 models. Unzip both archives & put all files into the same folder. I'll export & attach some other formats to the next post(s).

Thanks,
-Jason

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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2013, 06:32:04 pm »
IGES, STEP, STL

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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2013, 06:36:09 pm »
Solidworks, you say? I'll nab that! Thanks!

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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2013, 07:09:02 pm »
Thank you very much!  Not sure when I'll do something with them but it's something to have as a ready project.

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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2017, 08:18:18 pm »
Anyone had one of these made?, pictures??

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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2017, 09:44:04 pm »
I wonder if nylonX filament would be sturdy enough?
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Re: Atari Star Wars Yoke: Got a 3D CAD Model?
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2017, 10:12:25 am »
I wonder if nylonX filament would be sturdy enough?

Maybe if you print cross supports into it or just print it as a skin to go over a frame made of some other material.