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Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« on: January 30, 2015, 10:15:02 pm »
Cuddleburrito is a digital design firm specializing in 3D printed and laser cut arcade products. We turn your ideas into reality. Here's a custom joystick we made:




GameThing, our latest product, is a fully customizable arcade stick built with open-source electronics. The online customizer let's you choose button layouts and colors to preview exactly what we'll build for you completely free and right now. In fact, we've connected our website directly to the manufacturing floor; you are only one step away from having a laser cut frame made exactly to your specifications.


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Hi Everyone,

http://www.cuddleburrito.com/gamething/

I custom design and laser cut arcade controllers, parts, and mini-cabs. Everything is designed in CAD first (Solidworks/Sketchup/Blender whatever is easiest for the job), then I export and create the remaining graphics in Illustrator for the laser cutter. For most designs we use 1/4" MDF and 1/8" and 1/4" Acrylic but more options are available. Please ask, we'll find a solution for you.

This is the standard stick with MDF frame and Acrylic sides and top. It's dimensions are 9.75 x 7x 2.75-inch but it's design is completely parametric (length, width, surface angle, button layout). We laser cut each order individually to your requirements. Inked engravings look fantastic on this acrylic as well.



It's based off a tiny frame I've developed over many iterations that splits into 2 halves for easy access to the parts:



Moreover, we can design and make any 3D shape for custom joystick ball tops (see below) or replacement pieces such as this Donkey Kong joystick balltop for a custom 12-inch LCD build.




Let us know how we can help, email us, use our website, PM; we're more than happy to help you design what you're looking for!

Email: cuddleburrito [at] gmail
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Re: Laser Cut Arcade Parts, 3D printed joystick balltops, custom designs
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2015, 12:50:13 am »
 :notworthy: that DK barrel balltop looks great!!!

Would you be able to make it for a standard balltop?

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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2015, 01:14:48 am »
:notworthy: that DK barrel balltop looks great!!!

Would you be able to make it for a standard balltop?

 :cheers:

Thank you! Yup, I sourced the threaded insert for standard stick threads (don't have it next to me but I believe it's 6mm for Sanwas) but can get you any thread if you have something different.

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« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2015, 07:16:21 pm »
Nice balltop!  Is that 3D printed?
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« Reply #4 on: February 10, 2015, 01:23:49 pm »
Is that 3D printed?

The joystick balltops are 3D printed in ABS plastic. I create the 3D models myself which allows me to design them optimally for 3D printing. A brass insert provides a secure and standard mount to the joystick.

I'll be posting new designs here:
http://www.cuddleburrito.com/joysticks

Thanks for asking, otsep.

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« Reply #5 on: February 10, 2015, 01:31:00 pm »
Sweet.  8) Welcome! I can't wait to see what comes out of this.  :cheers:

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« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2015, 01:55:40 pm »
What's the ergonomics on those like? They look cool, but how will they feel in your hand after prolonged play?
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« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2015, 02:03:12 pm »
What's the ergonomics on those like? They look cool, but how will they feel in your hand after prolonged play?

I'm sure it beats playing with Dora's stick.


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« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2015, 02:09:16 pm »
I actually placed and received my order already. Once I saw the barrel I had to have it on my cabaret arcade. Florian was quick to respond my PMs. Absolutely love this thing!
Here's some pics.


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« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2015, 02:12:47 pm »
So the question is how does this feel after prolonged use?
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« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2015, 02:54:54 pm »
So the question is how does this feel after prolonged use?

Haven't really gave it a good gaming session since I just got it yesterday. But it's definitely bigger than a balltop. I'll take better pics when I get home tonight.

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« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2015, 03:25:33 pm »
Could you do a barrel like this?


Instead of the rough edges being exposed, maybe some sort of clear coat so that all of the edges were smooth?  Kinda like the fly in amber.  The top and bottom could be flat and rough, but the sides have to be smooth.

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« Reply #12 on: February 10, 2015, 03:38:01 pm »
The top and bottom could be flat and rough, but the sides have to be smooth.

I've got a few ideas on how to accomplish this, give me a few days to try them out and I'll post back here :)

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« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2015, 08:38:34 pm »
Sorry long day at work yesterday. Took some more pics to show the actual size of the barrel. As you can see in comparison with a quarter    and a standard balltop. It does take some getting used to as it's much bigger. Also I was a bit concerned with it breaking during heavy play but it took a beating with my 5 year old twin boys and it's still standing. Besides Florian assured me that he's never had one break on him.

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« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2015, 10:10:02 pm »
@jmike, does it chaffe? 

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« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2015, 10:34:41 pm »
@ Generic Eric
The texture is smooth and won't do that but you definitely feel the barrels grooves. The detail is really top notch along with the paint job.

(Sorry for the edit, I wanted to be as accurate as possible).


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« Reply #16 on: February 11, 2015, 11:28:13 pm »
@ Generic Eric
The texture is smooth and won't do that but you definitely feel the barrels grooves. The detail is really top notch along with the paint job.

(Sorry for the edit, I wanted to be as accurate as possible).
so...would you say it needs another poly layer like I suggested?  Our is it smooth enough to get to the kill screen?

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« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2015, 11:59:05 am »
Don't think you need another coat of poly layer. It's smooth enough.
Love the DK symbol idea but I think it might be better on the top of the barrel.

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« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2015, 01:55:11 pm »
It does take some getting used to as it's much bigger.

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« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2015, 11:01:01 pm »
i think the barrel looks pretty cool. The DK logo on the front would be rad.

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« Reply #20 on: February 13, 2015, 01:41:12 am »
Any chance of repro Tapper handles?

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« Reply #21 on: February 13, 2015, 08:34:06 am »
Ooh, that would be cool


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« Reply #22 on: February 22, 2015, 04:42:37 pm »
Could you do a barrel like this?


Instead of the rough edges being exposed, maybe some sort of clear coat so that all of the edges were smooth?  Kinda like the fly in amber.  The top and bottom could be flat and rough, but the sides have to be smooth.

Thanks a ton for all the feedback and questions. I meant to only take a few days but I ended up making a lot of mistakes and learning a lot about casting (each time having to wait 24-72 hours for curing). A lot of feedback was to make it smooth so I took a different approach than before that I thought would address most concerns: embed 3D prints inside a clear resin sphere. I intend to write a blog post about the process but here's how far I've gotten:






I'm by no way complete, so many improvements remain (eliminate flashing, remove bubbles, make barrel less distorted, etc) but I wanted to show you my progress anyway. Thank you sooooooo so much for all your support already. My main hurdle right now is purchasing a vacuum chamber to degas the resin and silicone.

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« Reply #23 on: February 22, 2015, 05:13:40 pm »
Damn fine work.  :notworthy:


There are a lot of diy options for the chambers you might want to check out.
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« Reply #24 on: February 22, 2015, 07:09:15 pm »
See, THAT's way cooler and ergonomic than a barrel. Looking forward to seeing what you come up with.
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« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2015, 07:10:33 pm »
FWIW, I like it with the bubbles.
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« Reply #26 on: February 24, 2015, 05:39:51 pm »
Just spit-balling here.. I like the idea of putting the barrel in a ball. But, would it make any sense to distort the barrel to compensate for the lensing of the clear sphere so it would look like a undistorted barrel inside the sphere?

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« Reply #27 on: February 24, 2015, 06:01:02 pm »
Just spit-balling here.. I like the idea of putting the barrel in a ball. But, would it make any sense to distort the barrel to compensate for the lensing of the clear sphere so it would look like a undistorted barrel inside the sphere?

Ooooohhhh.  Fancy. :lol
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« Reply #28 on: February 24, 2015, 06:34:28 pm »
That is some excellent work.  :cheers:

Next stop - skull trackball  ;)


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« Reply #29 on: February 24, 2015, 09:47:30 pm »
That is some excellent work.  :cheers:

Next stop - skull trackball  ;)


Can you do that?  How about that ball from kingpin?  Capcom bowling  with  a rose ball?


Just spit-balling here.. I like the idea of putting the barrel in a ball. But, would it make any sense to distort the barrel to compensate for the lensing of the clear sphere so it would look like a undistorted barrel inside the sphere?

Ooooohhhh.  Fancy. :lol

That barrel does look fat.  I couldn't find the words to verbalize it though.

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« Reply #30 on: February 24, 2015, 09:51:49 pm »
Can you do that?  How about that ball from kingpin?  Capcom bowling  with  a rose ball?

YES!!!



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« Reply #31 on: February 24, 2015, 09:56:33 pm »
Okay, so some tickets to print your own money.

ANH Death Star balltop
Balltop with can of spinach inside
Balltop with Pac-man inside
Balltop with TMNT heads inside

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« Reply #32 on: February 24, 2015, 10:15:45 pm »
Okay, so some tickets to print your own money.

ANH Death Star balltop
Balltop with can of spinach inside
Balltop with Pac-man inside
Balltop with TMNT heads inside

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« Reply #33 on: March 01, 2015, 01:44:13 pm »
Thank you everyone for the feedback and support! Since the last post I've been minimizing bubbles, preventing yellowing, and casting with the threaded inserts inside:



Pre-distorting to compensate for the sphere lens is really interesting. In the case of the barrel, I think the distortion is pronounced because the barrel is so close to the edge (~3mm). I wanted to preserve as much detail in the 3D print as possible by making it as large as possible, so next I'll try something smaller.

I've made a list of your suggestions and I can't wait to try some of them out. I need to wait for more resin to arrive but in the meantime I can 3D print the embedments. PM me if you'd like to be contacted the moment you can place your order  :cheers:

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« Reply #34 on: March 03, 2015, 05:20:22 pm »
I've started printing other shapes from everyone's suggestions to see if I'll be able to do it. Looks promising!


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« Reply #35 on: March 03, 2015, 05:50:37 pm »
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« Reply #36 on: March 06, 2015, 05:20:05 pm »
I've documented some of my progress so far on my blog. You can read about the process if you're curious:

http://www.cuddleburrito.com/blog/2015/3/3/3d-printing-molds-for-custom-joystick-balltop-spheres

I purchased a vacuum chamber and still waiting on the resin to arrive.

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« Reply #37 on: March 06, 2015, 05:28:42 pm »
 :o  I want Bub and Bob balltops! :D

Or a balltop with a Vic Viper, or R9-A Arrowhead in it!   :applaud:

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« Reply #38 on: March 06, 2015, 05:32:04 pm »
:o  I want Bub and Bob balltops! :D



Both ideas were great, but so is this!

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« Reply #39 on: March 06, 2015, 06:25:07 pm »
So this is kind of related: would you make 3 arcade themed tap handles?  I have a kegerator, with 3 taps, and would love arcade themed handles for the taps.  Taps use a standardized threaded insert.

BTW:

Get a storefront going, get those ball tops and 3" trackballs up for sale and


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« Reply #40 on: March 06, 2015, 07:15:15 pm »
So this is kind of related: would you make 3 arcade themed tap handles?  I have a kegerator, with 3 taps, and would love arcade themed handles for the taps.  Taps use a standardized threaded insert.
BTW:
Get a storefront going, get those ball tops and 3" trackballs up for sale and

I do all kinds of custom design and am intrigued by what the design entails, I sent you a PM but feel free to send a message through my website or etsy store. I added the links to my signature.

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« Reply #41 on: March 27, 2015, 05:15:08 pm »
A couple of updates of what I've been working on:

After many mold designs I've achieved near perfect castings! Each time I change something it's at least 8 hours of curing so it's been slow progress. Next step will be casting with embedment and threaded insert! Can't wait :)

(Notice no seam lines  :o  :) )

I've also released a new version of the button layout customizer, which makes it way easier to describe what you're looking for:

Start customizing now

Finally, after much frustration with current button encoders, I've finished programming the first version of the open-source Arduino version. You can download the code and read about the process here: http://www.cuddleburrito.com/blog/2015/3/17/arduino-arcade-joystick-controller

Thank you everyone for all the very kind support and encouragement. I can't wait to help create your perfect arcade experience!

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« Reply #42 on: March 27, 2015, 05:19:23 pm »
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Re: Laser cut frames, 3D Printed joystick balltops, custom designs
« Reply #43 on: March 27, 2015, 05:20:47 pm »
Trackball with calavera inside kthx


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Re: Laser cut frames, 3D Printed joystick balltops, custom designs
« Reply #44 on: March 27, 2015, 05:23:46 pm »
Trackball with calavera inside kthx

!!!! YES this is such a great idea !!!! Do trackballs come in varying diameters?

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Re: Laser cut frames, 3D Printed joystick balltops, custom designs
« Reply #45 on: March 27, 2015, 05:24:16 pm »
Trackball with calavera inside kthx

Had to google that.  That would be pretty damn cool.   :cheers:

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Re: Laser cut frames, 3D Printed joystick balltops, custom designs
« Reply #46 on: March 27, 2015, 05:25:18 pm »
Trackball with calavera inside kthx

!!!! YES this is such a great idea !!!! Do trackballs come in varying diameters?

Most common trackball would be 3" diameter. 

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Re: Laser cut frames, 3D Printed joystick balltops, custom designs
« Reply #47 on: April 01, 2015, 12:10:35 am »




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« Reply #49 on: April 02, 2015, 02:40:21 am »





Long time coming, the custom casting joystick ball top is up in the store! 3D modeled and printed, hand painted, and cast in clear resin.

http://www.cuddleburrito.com/gamething-shop/

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« Reply #50 on: April 02, 2015, 04:48:30 am »
Very impressive work!  :notworthy:
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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #51 on: April 02, 2015, 08:51:31 am »
Can you use a silk rose?  Some of the fabric flowers at the craft shop are quite convincing - your product looks great but the flower is a bit clunky. 

I'm all about 3D printing stuff but I've got sugar skulls that are really tiny and would fit perfect in a ball top, ditto a ton of other ready made products I'm sure. 

Also any reason for the collar on the bottom of the balltop instead of just casting it round then drilling the threaded insert into the ball itself?

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« Reply #52 on: April 02, 2015, 12:44:53 pm »
Can you use a silk rose?  Some of the fabric flowers at the craft shop are quite convincing - your product looks great but the flower is a bit clunky. 

I'm all about 3D printing stuff but I've got sugar skulls that are really tiny and would fit perfect in a ball top, ditto a ton of other ready made products I'm sure. 

Also any reason for the collar on the bottom of the balltop instead of just casting it round then drilling the threaded insert into the ball itself?

Typed a message and it got erased, apologies in advance if I'm short:

Yes, anything it technically feasible, I'm a little worried sugar would break down but I'm sure there's a coating or something that can be applied.

The main reason I use 3D printing is I can a) make practically anything and more importantly b) can scale, orient, and position the item precisely. This is doubly important because of the inherent distortion of transparent spheres.



The collar is intentional, because of technical details it was designed this way. When creating the process, I didn't see a reason why I should have a secondary operation for the insert. Why not only have one step and cast it directly along side, you know? It's not easy to make a smooth sphere, then make it perfectly clear, then remove seam lines, suspend arbitrary things that float, place a metal insert that sinks at the surface, and remove bubbles. These aren't your basic ball tops. I think the collar is both distinctive and honest to the process of making of these.
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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #53 on: April 02, 2015, 01:02:14 pm »
Sugar skull is another term for the calavera mentioned previously.  They could be made out of ceramic, plastic, or a number of other materials.  Typically not sugar, though.

:)

Great work man.  I may hit you up for some custom tops and matching beer handles/taps as well.  Need to come up with an idea first :)

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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #54 on: April 02, 2015, 01:21:11 pm »
Looks pretty awesome!  :cheers:
Though $50 a balltop is a bit too decadent for what I'd pay, but hey that's not undervaluing your work, it's just a bit too rich for my blood.

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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #55 on: April 02, 2015, 01:22:50 pm »
Sugar skull is another term for the calavera mentioned previously.  They could be made out of ceramic, plastic, or a number of other materials.  Typically not sugar, though.

:)

Great work man.  I may hit you up for some custom tops and matching beer handles/taps as well.  Need to come up with an idea first :)

OOOooohhh, I was thinking "Calavera" the main character from Grim Fandango! haha

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« Reply #56 on: April 02, 2015, 01:24:54 pm »
Looks pretty awesome!  :cheers:
Though $50 a balltop is a bit too decadent for what I'd pay, but hey that's not undervaluing your work, it's just a bit too rich for my blood.

I've given steep discounts to particularly inspiring projects. Shoot me a PM if you come up with a unique idea!

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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #57 on: April 02, 2015, 02:53:50 pm »
Looks pretty cool, I would say just work on cleaning up the look of the shaft a bit.

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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #58 on: May 02, 2015, 10:42:58 pm »
Quick update, I finally got the courage to try 3D printing an entire arcade controller frame. I'm super inspired to make more like this and optimize the process. Although completely impractical (e.g. it takes ~ 40 hours of print time) I believe that the ability to replicate it anywhere in the world is worthwhile. It's surprisingly sturdy and I'll be continuing to improve the design. The mount holes fit 5 button encoders I had on hand and the end goal is stuffing a raspberry pi in with a custom bracket. Stay tuned  ;)







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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #59 on: May 03, 2015, 01:45:32 am »
You put your father's skull into a joystick?

Of course not - the guy at Cuddle Burrito did it for me...


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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #60 on: May 03, 2015, 04:35:23 am »
You put your father's skull into a joystick?

Of course not - the guy at Cuddle Burrito did it for me...


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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #61 on: May 28, 2015, 02:52:56 pm »
I've been improving the standard GameThing frame from everyone's feedback:




Some with custom engravings:


I'm also preparing a couple blog posts on putting together arcade sticks. Is there anything you'd like to see or understand better?
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http://www.cuddleburrito.com/blog/2015/3/17/arduino-arcade-joystick-controller
http://www.cuddleburrito.com/blog/2015/1/29/building-an-arcade-stick-case-fast

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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #62 on: May 29, 2015, 01:58:32 am »
Yellow controller


+ Pac-man balltop



+ one of these inside




Would be pretty sweet.

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« Reply #63 on: June 01, 2015, 07:58:07 pm »
Yellow controller
+ Pac-man balltop
+ one of these inside

Would be pretty sweet.

 :cheers:that would be really neat! Building it around a Raspberry Pi would offer that functionality!

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« Reply #64 on: June 02, 2015, 10:46:12 am »
 8) That is awesome!  :applaud:

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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #65 on: June 02, 2015, 11:12:27 am »
That amber ball top is fantastic. Can you make it into a cane? :)

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« Reply #66 on: June 02, 2015, 06:45:35 pm »
That amber ball top is fantastic. Can you make it into a cane? :)
Thank you! Very doable. There's a threaded insert already, so it's just a matter of finding a cane with a M6 thread

8) That is awesome!  :applaud:

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« Reply #67 on: June 13, 2015, 01:52:51 pm »
is there a slant for the joystick case or I am seeing things :dunno ??

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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #68 on: July 26, 2015, 05:05:38 am »
More and more ball tops! Our custom ball top process has drastically improved over the past few weeks so that no seems remain. Not only does it make them crystal clear, but they're silky smooth to play on with nothing to catch your finger. On top of the improved surface finish, high resolution graphics of anything you need can be placed inside. Need a translucent color? No problem!




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« Reply #70 on: July 29, 2015, 01:50:51 pm »
That galaxy one is pretty sick! nicely done  :applaud:

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« Reply #71 on: August 26, 2015, 09:43:23 pm »
Just wanted to share a particularly fun custom joystick ball top: a polar bear  :D







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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #72 on: August 27, 2015, 09:45:57 am »
Pretty cool looking, but looks uncomfortable to play

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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #73 on: August 27, 2015, 10:15:02 am »
Looks like a dollar store toy sawed in half and glued to a joystick.


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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #74 on: August 27, 2015, 10:39:09 am »
Looks like a dollar store toy sawed in half and glued to a joystick.

pbj, all arcade joysticks are just inspirations from real-world things  ;)




That joystick must be a real "bear" to play on.

OP - Those space balltops are pretty cool.  :cheers:
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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #75 on: August 27, 2015, 11:22:53 am »
Pretty cool looking, but looks uncomfortable to play

I agree from a practical standpoint. Cool as a showpiece, though.

Looks like a dollar store toy sawed in half and glued to a joystick.

Reminds me of these things you used to get at school carnivals and the fair...

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Re: Laser cut frames, custom joystick balltops, 3D printed designs
« Reply #76 on: August 27, 2015, 11:52:41 am »
Still remain cash in hand for a trackball with a Calavera inside it.


  
 

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