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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.

 :applaud: :applaud:

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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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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Bartop
« 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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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Laptop/Bartop
« Reply #14 on: January 21, 2011, 09:32:59 am »
I want one! this is so awesome! congrats  :applaud:
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17" bartop with ledwiz rgbleds * 10" bubble bobble & galaga bartop * arm champs with robotic hand
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« 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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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 23/01/11)
« 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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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 24/01/11)
« 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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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 27/01/11)
« 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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« 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.

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« Reply #40 on: January 28, 2011, 09:20:24 am »
Looking good. I think the buttons would look good if you swapped the plungers and had black buttons in a orange ring.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 28/01/11)
« Reply #41 on: January 28, 2011, 01:21:04 pm »
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.

It's really not that easy to scratch unless you use a sharp object, better than a painted surface anyway. But it's OK, the signs of use makes it more attractive, you just have to get past that first scratch  :cry:
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 28/01/11)
« Reply #42 on: January 28, 2011, 01:23:29 pm »
Looking good. I think the buttons would look good if you swapped the plungers and had black buttons in a orange ring.

That was my plan from the very beginning, but there is a problem.

Only Seimitsu makes the black 24 mm buttons and only Sanwa makes the orange ones... And you can't use the parts from one another  :cry: It would have been so sweet that way...
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 28/01/11)
« Reply #43 on: January 28, 2011, 05:01:00 pm »
Looking good. I think the buttons would look good if you swapped the plungers and had black buttons in a orange ring.

That was my plan from the very beginning, but there is a problem.

Only Seimitsu makes the black 24 mm buttons and only Sanwa makes the orange ones... And you can't use the parts from one another  :cry: It would have been so sweet that way...

Sanwa doesn't have black buttons? Better tell LizardLick, he's selling them anyway!

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 28/01/11)
« Reply #44 on: January 28, 2011, 05:55:38 pm »
I really love this cabinet. Once again, you push the envelope a bit when it comes to MAME cabinets. Good work!
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 28/01/11)
« Reply #45 on: January 28, 2011, 06:03:59 pm »
Looking good. I think the buttons would look good if you swapped the plungers and had black buttons in a orange ring.

That was my plan from the very beginning, but there is a problem.

Only Seimitsu makes the black 24 mm buttons and only Sanwa makes the orange ones... And you can't use the parts from one another  :cry: It would have been so sweet that way...

OSBN-24 doesn't come in black

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 28/01/11)
« Reply #46 on: January 28, 2011, 06:09:16 pm »
Ah, OBSN-24 vs OBSF-24... small detail.  ;)

Can't you use OBSF-24 instead?

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 28/01/11)
« Reply #47 on: January 29, 2011, 01:34:39 am »
Ah, OBSN-24 vs OBSF-24... small detail.  ;)

Can't you use OBSF-24 instead?

I don't know, maybe, it worth a try, but it's only good for up to 4 mm thickness and the CP is 5 mm. It seems to be the same inside. I'll try to order some anyway :D Thanks for the idea.
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 29/01/11)
« Reply #48 on: January 29, 2011, 12:00:55 pm »
Updated today...
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 29/01/11)
« Reply #49 on: January 29, 2011, 03:27:31 pm »
Love it! and the MALA FE really compliments this cab. Wish I'd thought about using USB extension cables though, seems obvious now.   

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #50 on: January 30, 2011, 10:10:33 am »
Updated with the (almost) finished cabinet pics!  :cheers:

See page 1 or go here for more:
http://www.koenigs.dk/mame/eng/stepnanocade6.htm
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #51 on: January 30, 2011, 11:01:45 am »
Excellent,congratulations, and some fine work may I add. :notworthy:

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #52 on: January 30, 2011, 11:20:00 am »
Very cool.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #53 on: January 31, 2011, 06:53:57 am »
Complete specifications added to homepage:

http://www.koenigs.dk/mame/eng/specsnano.htm
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #54 on: January 31, 2011, 07:48:51 am »
It is indeed a stunning end result.  :applaud: Please update us when/if you switch out the button plungers.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #57 on: February 01, 2011, 12:44:01 pm »
Kotaku posted it too - 99% of the people leaving comments really miss the point.  They all say it is "way" too expensive and you could just use a USB controller for like $20 to play MAME on your desktop.

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Awesome job lokesen!   :cheers:

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #58 on: February 01, 2011, 12:54:29 pm »
Kotaku posted it too - 99% of the people leaving comments really miss the point.  They all say it is "way" too expensive and you could just use a USB controller for like $20 to play MAME on your desktop.

 :banghead:

Awesome job lokesen!   :cheers:
Yeah well most of these sites cater to the under 25 crowd, those who don't really get the concept of an arcade set-up.
If it ain't a forum, I try to avoid the comments in general 'cause they're 99% trollish, 1% wisdom.


*edit: Actually, I try to avoid Kotaku as much as I can...seems like the writers also have the troll-bug when it comes to some of their "articles".

**edit:  I find it funny that all these article's main headline is pushing a netbook addition, even though lokesen slightly mentioned using one instead of his mini-itx. Heh, selective journalism. 

Oh hey lokesen, I found a link error on your site.  When you're in the Step by Step page, and you click on the Nanocade Title (not screenshot), it takes you to your Weecade instead.  You might wanna update that link.  :cheers:
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #59 on: February 01, 2011, 04:37:02 pm »
Thanks guys... I don't know where they got to know about the Nanocade - but you're right, it's not about changing a netbook, but about playing the classic arcade games. Most miss that point :)

I can't fint that faulty link though, can you please help me find out what page it is on?  :cry:
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #60 on: February 01, 2011, 05:07:28 pm »
I got to that faulty link through this page here:
http://www.koenigs.dk/mame/eng/step.htm

I clicked on the Nanocade title font, and it took me to Weecade's step-by-step. The image link is fine, it's just the title font that's wrong.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #61 on: February 01, 2011, 07:13:53 pm »
Great job! Looks great! One thing that I would change is the dust cover around the joystick.  I bought some acrylic coloured smaller dust covers off 'Franco B' which I think would finish this off perfect.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #62 on: February 01, 2011, 07:50:22 pm »
As someone who doesn't have the skills to build a cabinet like this (especially in acrylic!), I'd pay $350 and still buy the guts to go in it.

However, I can't say I play any games that need 6 buttons.  Can you build one with a hole for a TurboTwist2 spinner?  Love Tempest.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #63 on: February 01, 2011, 09:12:11 pm »
Thanks guys... I don't know where they got to know about the Nanocade - but you're right, it's not about changing a netbook, but about playing the classic arcade games. Most miss that point :)

I can't fint that faulty link though, can you please help me find out what page it is on?  :cry:


Yeah I saw this on my engadget app today and thought to myself, I've seen this before! I think those guys must lurk here as this is the second MAME arcade project I have seen them report on. And yes the other one was a mini with a netbook setup...

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #64 on: February 02, 2011, 01:22:53 am »
I got to that faulty link through this page here:
http://www.koenigs.dk/mame/eng/step.htm

I clicked on the Nanocade title font, and it took me to Weecade's step-by-step. The image link is fine, it's just the title font that's wrong.

Thanks - It's fixed now
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #65 on: February 02, 2011, 01:26:17 am »
As someone who doesn't have the skills to build a cabinet like this (especially in acrylic!), I'd pay $350 and still buy the guts to go in it.

However, I can't say I play any games that need 6 buttons.  Can you build one with a hole for a TurboTwist2 spinner?  Love Tempest.


Good news, I can definitely say it will cost under $300 now :) I working on making it cheaper to produce, but it's really hard.

I am also working on extra control panels you can add to your order (for additional cost, but only around $15 for an extra controlpanel). One of them could be with 3 or 4 buttons and room for a spinner.

And I really do love Tempest too :D
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #66 on: February 02, 2011, 07:38:19 am »
Yep.  Selling it as-is will sell quite a few.... Selling with a choice of about 5 different control panels?....You'll sell a TON.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #67 on: February 02, 2011, 05:13:13 pm »
Please come with come ideas for control panels :)

I will  have one with the standard setting: 6 x 24mm and 2 x 15 mm.

What would you like?
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #68 on: February 02, 2011, 05:28:15 pm »
* A spinner CP with 3 buttons (Tempest, Omega Race, Blasteroids).  We'd have to use the TurboTwist 2 due to space, which is fine.  I hope its not too deep.

* A classic game CP with [2 buttons - 4way joystick - 2 buttons]. Ambidextrous, but most importantly the joystick is in the middle.  Maybe even do three buttons per side, but form a triangle due to room.  There are some games which use a joystick + 3 buttons.

* Williams/Defender panel.  Maybe good for Asteroids too if there is room.


You'll get your best ideas from people with Cocktail cabinets.  They have to be more creative.  ;D

Edit: Let me add that another reason I think these would sell well is because of the acrylic and uses a thin CP with a metal mount for the joystick.  Most of us have no problem building cabinets with wood.  Few of us have access to a metal shop.  For me, this opens up the possibility to use Sanwa or Seimitsu joysticks with regular shaft lengths, or something like a 4-way Pacman stick which can be difficult on a wood cabinet.
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #69 on: February 02, 2011, 05:31:43 pm »
- Classic panel: like stated above
- Neo Geo panel: 1 joy, 4 buttons

I'm not sure if dual stick is something you'd want on a machine this small...

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #70 on: February 02, 2011, 07:11:15 pm »
A panel with 1 Turbotwist (equipped with the miniature steering wheel) and a 2-way stick in a rectangular opening with a HIGH/LOW-sticker for racing games?  :cheers: Gas+break buttons could be tricky to implement though.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #71 on: February 03, 2011, 04:54:45 am »
I agree that a Pole Position layout would be awesome! But it's not for every one :D

A 4 button layout and a 4 button with 28mm for spinner. That what I will make first. :)

More suggestions please :D
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #72 on: February 03, 2011, 03:38:38 pm »
Wow, another great build I missed.  Looks sleek and amazing, great job!  :cheers:
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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #73 on: February 03, 2011, 04:00:05 pm »
More suggestions please :D

If we ignore the ambidextrous comment, would a [joystick + 2 buttons + spinner] fit?  I think that would cover every classic game I'd want to play on something that small.  Pacman, Galaxian, Joust, Phoenix, Tempest, Omega Race, etc.  I wouldn't need two different panels (I don't play joy + 6 button games like SF2).

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Finished + specs (updated 31/01/11)
« Reply #74 on: February 04, 2011, 02:22:57 pm »
I read right through this thread and didn't realise it was another Rasmus Kønig Sørensen creation until I spotted it on koenigs.dk.

Lovely job (yet again)  :applaud:
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« Reply #75 on: February 05, 2011, 02:07:03 pm »
Thanks for the good ideas for control panels and the good feedback.

I will make sure that it will be possible to order different control panel for the KIT. 4 button and 4 button + spinner is probably the first one.

I'm getting very close to releasing the Nanocade KIT now. Maybe sunday or monday. I am checking for errors right now, I wan't to make sure it will be as much fun as possible to make the cabinet.

Fitting the hardware and preparing the software I leave completely anyone who buys the kit... If any :D

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« Reply #76 on: February 05, 2011, 02:33:51 pm »
With option to use a Pico power supply (mini-itx board) or a netbook, how are you going to handle the variety of inputs for AC power?

Will you also include the USB port mount?  That's a nice touch.

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« Reply #77 on: February 06, 2011, 06:20:35 pm »
The USB bracket and joystick bracket will be included.

I recommend using a nettop or mini itx, the netbook requires you to dismantle it to get it to works. That's not for everybody ;)
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« Reply #78 on: February 08, 2011, 08:21:38 am »
Thought you might be interested in this, seems you can buy the weecade kit as well.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ARCADE-CABINET-BARTOP-KIT-DIY-FLAT-PACK-ALL-SYSTEMS-/180621920647?pt=UK_Video_Games_Coin_Operated_MJ&hash=item2a0de7c987

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« Reply #79 on: February 08, 2011, 01:02:23 pm »
Hmm - would a de-cased laptop fit? Or am I hoping too much?

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« Reply #80 on: February 08, 2011, 08:45:42 pm »
Thought you might be interested in this, seems you can buy the weecade kit as well.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ARCADE-CABINET-BARTOP-KIT-DIY-FLAT-PACK-ALL-SYSTEMS-/180621920647?pt=UK_Video_Games_Coin_Operated_MJ&hash=item2a0de7c987

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« Reply #81 on: February 11, 2011, 07:12:48 am »
wow. what a piece of art. You should wear gloves when you play it. I can imagine all the fingerprints on that shiny acrylic.
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« Reply #82 on: February 11, 2011, 07:18:06 am »
can you take some pics with your hand on the cp to show the scale?
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« Reply #83 on: February 16, 2011, 08:51:29 am »
Yeah, I will post some pics of that soon.

I also added a link to where the KIT is sold: www.nanocade.com

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« Reply #84 on: February 16, 2011, 03:45:47 pm »
Great idea with the joystick bracket!  :applaud: You should add pictures of popular brands mounted, such as HAPP, Seimitsu or SANWA so customers know it'll work.

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« Reply #85 on: February 16, 2011, 04:55:42 pm »
What if I order the Bwittish option in mainland EU? Don't understand why it is cheaper to fly new zealand stuff to the UK than "knallerting" german stuff to NL?
Are the german's adding a we-already-have-a-good-economy-we-dont-want-more-work tax?

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« Reply #86 on: February 16, 2011, 05:19:48 pm »
Great idea with the joystick bracket!  :applaud: You should add pictures of popular brands mounted, such as HAPP, Seimitsu or SANWA so customers know it'll work.

Thank you, It's actually a good product that just works well.

I have sold some already and gotten some pictures of them being used, I will post them soon on the homepage.

But it doesn't work with any Seimitsu joysticks though :/
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« Reply #87 on: February 16, 2011, 07:48:23 pm »
But it doesn't work with any Seimitsu joysticks though :/

What type of Seimitsu mounting plates did you try? Check akihabarashop.jp, they have drawings of all the plates available with measurements in mm that you can use to check out comparability.

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« Reply #88 on: February 17, 2011, 03:25:28 am »
The mounting bolts are 66 x 77 mm, don't think any Seimitsu fits that.

Sanwa and Happ fits.
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« Reply #89 on: February 17, 2011, 03:26:28 am »
What if I order the Bwittish option in mainland EU? Don't understand why it is cheaper to fly new zealand stuff to the UK than "knallerting" german stuff to NL?
Are the german's adding a we-already-have-a-good-economy-we-dont-want-more-work tax?

You can choose both the German and the New Zealand factory for delivery to UK and Ireland...
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« Reply #90 on: February 17, 2011, 07:52:38 am »
But it doesn't work with any Seimitsu joysticks though :/

What type of Seimitsu mounting plates did you try? Check akihabarashop.jp, they have drawings of all the plates available with measurements in mm that you can use to check out comparability.

When I looked a few months back they weren't there any more  :(

Fortunately a maker of fine arcade sticks on the srk forum has them in a flickr photostream.

In case you're interested:
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« Reply #91 on: February 17, 2011, 11:27:22 am »
You can choose both the German and the New Zealand factory for delivery to UK and Ireland...
But why not let New Zealand supply the whole EU? 70 bucks less.

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« Reply #92 on: February 17, 2011, 05:16:24 pm »
You can choose both the German and the New Zealand factory for delivery to UK and Ireland...
But why not let New Zealand supply the whole EU? 70 bucks less.

The shipping is like $170 for the rest of EU. Don't know why it's lower for the UK ($85)...
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« Reply #93 on: February 27, 2011, 06:23:28 am »
New version 1.1 ready

Easier to make and  lower price! No more drilling holes

USA: $219.95
Europe: $269.95

Check it here: http://www.nanocade.com

And see the new instruction booklet for changes:
http://www.nanocade.com/instructions.htm
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« Reply #94 on: February 28, 2011, 01:46:24 pm »
New version 1.1 ready

Easier to make and  lower price! No more drilling holes

USA: $219.95
Europe: $269.95

Check it here: http://www.nanocade.com

And see the new instruction booklet for changes:
http://www.nanocade.com/instructions.htm

Ugh, I miss out on the better invisible bracket and now this? Punished for being an early adopter I guess.

Oh well, I got my kit and assembling it is proving to be challenging and fun. Trying to fit an ASUS Eee 1000HE inside; it's proven extremely difficult and I don't recommend it. I had to completely unhinge the two halves of the netbook to get the bottom half to fit inside, and fortunately the cable for the LCD screen has enough play to velcro it bare to the monitor panel. There's barely any space to access my USB ports though, so I'll have to get creative with that.

Another issue I'm running into is the control panel simply doesn't fit with an Ultrastik 360 installed using the invisible mounting bracket. I did all of my installation and wiring before mounting it, just to test and make sure all of the components worked. Unfortunately, the PCB hits the bottom panel, so the top of the control panel doesn't sit on the mounting guides at all. There's really nothing I can do about it except get a shallower joystick, so my only option is to mount it as-is and deal with the bottom panel not being flush (I don't have the facilities to get it drilled, so I was going to have to think outside the box anyway). I suppose I should have checked the maximum mounting depth before buying it, but I just assumed that using the same joystick as the prototype would be safe. For what it's worth, I'm not using a restrictor plate (I would have, but as has been an issue for years, it was simply impossible to install).

Hopefully I'll find a way to make everything work. I wasn't expecting everything to go smoothly, so in that regard I haven't been disappointed. I'm still very happy with the kit, as I've been eager to make my own MAME cabinet for years but lacked the resources to go full-size. A small, affordable kit was just what I needed to break into the hobby.

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« Reply #95 on: February 28, 2011, 02:00:21 pm »
Another issue I'm running into is the control panel simply doesn't fit with an Ultrastik 360 installed using the invisible mounting bracket.

Wha?  lokesen?!

Did you measure it and get the full 51mm clearance that is claimed?

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« Reply #96 on: February 28, 2011, 02:53:42 pm »
I'll measure it when I get home. I believe part of the issue is that the control panel is supposed to be slightly angled, so the actual mounting depth is going to vary based on where it is measured. According to the Ultimarc page, it looks like the depth of the U360 is 50mm, so with the invisible joystick bracket I can see why this might not fit. Even still, it's not just 1mm off... with the bottom panel in and the control panel resting where it should be, the top of the control panel sits a good 5mm+ over the guides on the side panels.

I'm also using Seimitsu 24mm pushbuttons, same as the prototype, and the disconnects and wiring touch the bottom panel as well.

EDIT: Nevermind, I was putting in the bottom panel backwards. It didn't occur to me that the recessed part of the panel was designed to give the joystick extra clearance, I just thought it was for the PC parts, so I completely ignored it. Everything fits just fine now, though I honestly would have preferred the recess span the whole width like it's shown in the instructions, just to give my pushbutton wiring some breathing room.
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« Reply #97 on: March 01, 2011, 03:31:39 am »
Sorry about that, I should have been more precise about how to turn the bottom panel. It's pretty hard to make instructions because what seems to be logic to me, isn't always logic to others. I really need the feedback from you guys.

In the next revision I will make the gap all the way across the again. I'm just trying to cut the cost as much as possible to make it less expensive.

If possible, please sent me some pictures, I'm eager to see your progress.

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« Reply #98 on: March 01, 2011, 03:46:55 am »
New version 1.1 ready

Easier to make and  lower price! No more drilling holes

USA: $219.95
Europe: $269.95

Check it here: http://www.nanocade.com

And see the new instruction booklet for changes:
http://www.nanocade.com/instructions.htm

Ugh, I miss out on the better invisible bracket and now this? Punished for being an early adopter I guess.

Oh well, I got my kit and assembling it is proving to be challenging and fun. Trying to fit an ASUS Eee 1000HE inside; it's proven extremely difficult and I don't recommend it. I had to completely unhinge the two halves of the netbook to get the bottom half to fit inside, and fortunately the cable for the LCD screen has enough play to velcro it bare to the monitor panel. There's barely any space to access my USB ports though, so I'll have to get creative with that.

Another issue I'm running into is the control panel simply doesn't fit with an Ultrastik 360 installed using the invisible mounting bracket. I did all of my installation and wiring before mounting it, just to test and make sure all of the components worked. Unfortunately, the PCB hits the bottom panel, so the top of the control panel doesn't sit on the mounting guides at all. There's really nothing I can do about it except get a shallower joystick, so my only option is to mount it as-is and deal with the bottom panel not being flush (I don't have the facilities to get it drilled, so I was going to have to think outside the box anyway). I suppose I should have checked the maximum mounting depth before buying it, but I just assumed that using the same joystick as the prototype would be safe. For what it's worth, I'm not using a restrictor plate (I would have, but as has been an issue for years, it was simply impossible to install).

Hopefully I'll find a way to make everything work. I wasn't expecting everything to go smoothly, so in that regard I haven't been disappointed. I'm still very happy with the kit, as I've been eager to make my own MAME cabinet for years but lacked the resources to go full-size. A small, affordable kit was just what I needed to break into the hobby.

The old joystick bracket is actually stronger, but more expensive to send by air mail. So you actually got the better one if anything ;)

This is why I don't recommend using a netbook. But if you succeed, you have yourself a very inexpensive solution. I have a solution for your USB worries though:
http://cgi.ebay.com/40Cm-2PC-USB2-0-Angled-Male-Female-Extension-Cable-/160526894155?pt=PDA_Accessories&hash=item256026044b#ht_1624wt_1139

or
http://cgi.ebay.com/USB-2-0-Right-left-angled-angle-B-printer-cable-X2-/390293053317?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item5adf475f85#ht_3246wt_1139

A ultra small cabinet is always a challange, I guess this is why my cabinets get smaller every time. I really love the challange :D
And again, I really look forward to seeing some pictures :)

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« Reply #99 on: March 01, 2011, 08:22:18 am »
The netbook was no trouble, I'm very comfortable working with computers and electronics, so I was prepared to take it apart. Those angled USB cables might work, but there's still very little clearance on the sides for it, so I'll have to do some trial and error.

The base of the netbook reaches from the back of the cabinet all the way to the control panel, and actually brushes up against the joystick and some of the wiring. The LCD sits nicely on the monitor panel with velcro, though the back of the netbook blocks the openings in the back of the nanocade for those USB ports. Would have been perfect if they were higher, but no worries, I probably won't need them. The controls are the only thing I need to plug in, and rather than connecting a keyboard, I can just access the netbook remotely through VNC.

Everything is assembled except for the top piece. The LCD is thin and quite a distance from the clear screen, so painting it might not cover up the metal brackets and all of the exposed electronics of the netbook inside. Need a custom bezel maybe? I'm also thinking about printing some artwork for the control panel. I'm impressed with how sturdy the whole cabinet is, and my family can't wait to start playing on it.  ::)

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« Reply #100 on: March 01, 2011, 09:28:32 am »
Using a netbook is quite a DIY project, but im really looking forward to seeing the result.

Yes it really is sturdy, I think it feels even sturdier than a wooden cabinet. Almost like a solid brick of plastic.

it should be a good thing that the screen is mounted deeply, the cabinet will feel much deeper than it really is when looking at the screen. If you can keep it dark in there it should look fine.

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« Reply #101 on: March 01, 2011, 09:25:00 pm »
Well I'm just about to call it quits. Unfortunately I miscalculated how I'd need to install things and am now permanently stuck. The base of my netbook just manages to squeeze in through the bottom, having only 15mm clearance on either side. I had to patch my own USB cable together to make a connector that would fit, and I succeeded. However, there isn't enough clearance to actually insert the USB cable or the power cord while the netbook is inside, and inserting them while the netbook is outside makes it impossible to fit through the bottom. This would work perfectly if the control panel wasn't mounted already, because I'd be able to slide it through the front, but the whole cabinet is already assembled and impossible to take apart. Of course, even if I did that, it would permanently fix the netbook inside, which isn't really something I'd want to do either.

It was a good attempt, and those with the courage to dismantle a netbook the way I did will meet with success if they plan ahead, but unless I come up with an extremely creative solution, I'm afraid I'll have to call it quits. By the time I scrounge up enough money to get micro PC parts that will fit, I'd probably be able to afford a full size cabinet project.

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« Reply #102 on: March 02, 2011, 04:19:49 am »
I'm sorry to hear that.

I'm sure you can sell the cabinet with the button and UltraStik for the same price you paid for the parts here on BYOAC forum. The Nanocade KIT is clearly better for mini-itx parts than a netbook for sure.

In my experience a small cabinet is actually more expensive to make than a full size. The monitor, mother board and PSU is definitely more expensive the smaller you wan't it.
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« Reply #103 on: March 05, 2011, 09:59:13 am »
Any update on the alternate control panels?

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« Reply #104 on: March 05, 2011, 07:49:48 pm »
(sorry for my bad english)

i can´t understand how it is not possible to put a netbook inside of nanocade...
i see by the measure that there is plenty of space
if you take all the plastics of a netbook it will be able to get it inside of nanocade
i already bought the joystick (ultimarc) and the bottons, still waiting for them to arrive, and the Nanocade Invisible
Joystick Bracket v2 (still waiting to arrive), next step by the end of the month it will be the nanocade, and i want to put a netbook inside of it, nut i am thinking one that as dual atom 1,5ghz and with ion 2 graphics. do you think a netbook with atom n270 1,60ghz and intel shared graphics it will be enough?
Nanocade is a Great Project, unfortanely i would really like the white version and it is not available to Europe

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« Reply #105 on: March 07, 2011, 05:23:29 am »
The specs is enough for any of the older MAME games.

It is not easy to install a netbook inside the Nanocade, it's much easier to go with the mini-itx setup. If you shop around for used parts, it is pretty inexpensive to do.

Cheers!

(sorry for my bad english)

i can´t understand how it is not possible to put a netbook inside of nanocade...
i see by the measure that there is plenty of space
if you take all the plastics of a netbook it will be able to get it inside of nanocade
i already bought the joystick (ultimarc) and the bottons, still waiting for them to arrive, and the Nanocade Invisible
Joystick Bracket v2 (still waiting to arrive), next step by the end of the month it will be the nanocade, and i want to put a netbook inside of it, nut i am thinking one that as dual atom 1,5ghz and with ion 2 graphics. do you think a netbook with atom n270 1,60ghz and intel shared graphics it will be enough?
Nanocade is a Great Project, unfortanely i would really like the white version and it is not available to Europe
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« Reply #106 on: March 07, 2011, 05:24:07 am »
Any update on the alternate control panels?


Send me a PM and will make a custom CP for you :)
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« Reply #107 on: March 07, 2011, 06:13:01 am »
@lokesen

Can you tell the space that i have in nanocade to put a netbook?
the real space and measures please, the height and depth.

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« Reply #108 on: March 07, 2011, 08:56:09 am »
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« Reply #109 on: March 07, 2011, 05:59:03 pm »
well i ready it but i couldn´t get to a good conclusion so if you could help it will be very nice
or at least tell me the size of your itx
thanks

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Now it's for sale as a KIT
« Reply #110 on: March 09, 2011, 05:02:36 am »
From the manual:


Space inside for ITX board/nettop/netbook: Width: 274 mm x Minimum Height directly under
monitor: 35 mm  - 56 mm depending on monitor used
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« Reply #111 on: March 14, 2011, 06:13:43 am »
I have made a new joystick bracket available for Seimitsu / Sanwa joysticks.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Now it's for sale as a KIT
« Reply #112 on: March 28, 2011, 03:59:00 pm »
lokesen,

In version 1.1 of the Nanocade, you changed the moldings.  On pages 9 and 10 of your instruction manual shows how they're fixed to the side panels.  Page 25 explains the kinds of screws that should be used.  It looks like you're screwing directly into the acrylic.  Is that correct?  When you used this method, how did the acrylic in the moldings hold up?  I was thinking of doing this prior to starting, but didn't think the acrylic would hold up without cracking.  However, if it works, I may use this method for mine rather than using threaded inserts.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Now it's for sale as a KIT
« Reply #113 on: May 26, 2011, 04:46:45 pm »
hey is this project over?

The website says so... Sorry to hear that if so... I really wanted to get one of these :badmood:

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Now it's for sale as a KIT
« Reply #114 on: May 26, 2011, 04:51:40 pm »
I have two kits that I'm building now...it'll just take some time for me to finish them.  I surmised his endeavor wouldn't last too long, so I bought them while I could.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Now it's for sale as a KIT
« Reply #115 on: May 27, 2011, 02:55:18 am »
Hi guys!

I think I need to explain why I think the Nanocade KIT cannot continue to be sold on regular commercial basis.

I think the biggest problem is that the Nanocade requires knowledge on how to put together a computer, how to modify cables, how to glue together acrylics, how to manage software and making a front-end work, and then it also requires you to be more than average into retro gaming.

On top of that it is cheaper to put together a fullsize MAME cabinet.

It all comes down to that the Nanocade KIT is only for a very very few people really. On the other hand I have had hundred of requests for a finished Nanocade. Most of them is scared away when they realize the price of making one.

When that's said, I really do love the Nanocade, and it is by far my favourite MAME cabinet.

If any of you guys still wan't to make a Nanocade cabinet, contact me and I will make a kit for you on request.

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Re: Nanocade - The Acrylic Micro Cabinet - Now it's for sale as a KIT
« Reply #116 on: May 27, 2011, 01:43:33 pm »
Well, in my opinion the kits requires knowledge and experience in too many domains at once:
- acrylics (I know I wouldn't want the potentially toxic fumes of the acrylic solvent in my apartment, and doing things outside requires warm weather, which is only maybe 1/3 of the year for a lot of people)
- electronics (at least enough to shorten USB cables, which BTW are available in much shorter lengths - contact me if 10 inches cables would do, I have  100+ of those)
- computer building (that step isn't too steep, however, since a "nerd friend" could probably help if the case was easy to build)
- software setup (again, could require a "nerd friend" but once the computer is up and running, software is the easiest part)

Also, don't be afraid to stick with the fact that you're only selling a custom computer case, not a system with software tech support on the side.

Look at flat-pack furniture as an example. They don't require you to glue or file anything, you usually only need a single hex key to build it all. The acrylic isn't a bad idea, you just need to add inserts so that one would only use bolts to assemble it.

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Thus making it even more expensive :)

Unless a Chinese company will mass produce it, it is only for the few skilled MAME cabinet builders interested in small cabinets :)
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Good of you to still offer the kits on an individual basis.   It looks great but you are right alot of skills have to fall into place to properly assemble and build the complete cab. :applaud:

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« Reply #119 on: June 07, 2011, 04:13:47 pm »
I'm building mine but ran into a snag once I bought my Lilliput FA1046.   I don't have room for its AC adapter in the Nanocade, so I figured it must be powered off the PicoPSU on the mini-ITX mobo.  Is that true?  Do I just hack up the Lilliput wallwart and wire it into the 12V and ground from a MOLEX connector?

If so, yes or no, can anyone recommend some Radio Shack materials or give recommendations on how to make it secure and safe?

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I finally decided to make the drawings for laser cutting free for everyone to download. Have fun guys and let see many Nanocade clones :D

http://www.koenigs.dk/mame/eng/drawnanocade.htm
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I bought two of them from you.  'Still love them.

However, the motherboard and LCD were a VERY tight fit.  I'd say having it 2mm bigger in certain areas would help a lot.

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Just viewed this build for the first time and WOW, nicely done!
 
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