Building my own MAME arcade cabinet

Tue 13 October 2015 // posts

Today I've finished this project! A classic-looking game cabinet. The project included the design, construction, installation and configuration of all the components. Modesty aside, it's looking awesome! :)

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Worklog

04/06/2015

  • SketchUp work

05/06/2015

  • Got a nice MDF piece (2500x1800) to start wood working.
    Sketchup work: Decided to use an existent cabinet model and modify it.

06/06/2015

  • Further adjustments to the plan to have a little more room for monitor and electronics inside. Side board printed in 1:1 scale and drawn to the MDF.

07/06/2015

- Wood work. All cabinet parts cut and outer box assembled. Starting to look nice. I'm happy with the results until now.

08/06/2015

  • Side artwork printed in vinyl.

09/06/2015

  • Vinyl applied to all MDF boards. Buttons and USB controller installed.

10/06/2015

  • Built monitor bezzel.

07/2015

  • Two new buttons (with LEDs) added to bottom panel (bound to enter / exit emulator)
  • Marquee plexiglass & vinyl artwork installed

09/2015

  • Installed power circuit with interrupt and DC transformers (powering all LEDs and a Raspberry in future).

03/2016

  • Using a Raspberry Pi 3 with RetroPie featuring libretro's awesomeness. The cabinet is fully standalone now. Just plug and play :)

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