Earlier this year, I released the EmuPi Mini Arcade cabinet which was my biggest 3D printed project to date. It was a lot of fun and definitely forced me to get more comfortable with 3D modeling. I released the files for anyone who wanted to create one for themselves and was excited to see a few other’s creations come to life.
Overall, I was very happy with the end result of my mini arcade. However, it did not take long after its release for me to want to make a second version with some added features and improvements. Well, this past week I finished version two and am very happy with the end result. Here is a list of the changes that I made with version 2:
- Added USB port to the front so that you can easily plug in a controller (or two with a splitter) to play games without using the joystick/arcade buttons
- Slanted the top of the joystick/arcade buttons print to make it angled towards you. This gives you more clearance from the top of the joystick to the bottom of the LCD screen (better visibility)
- Redesigned the speaker grills to print a bit cleaner. Also added speaker caps to print separately to cover the speaker grills (much cleaner look)
- Added the option to print adjustable feet. If arcade has wobble you can print out feet that are independently adjustable to remove wobble.
- Removed an inch of depth in the arcade. The first had a lot of empty space that increased the print time by quite a lot. By removing that inch you are able to cut down both print time and material cost.
- Completely redesigned back. In version one, I had a panel that popped into place that was not very easy to take in and out. For version 2, there are printable hinges that make accessing the back of the arcade so much easier.
- A few other small upgrades to make the print look better and assembly easier.
As far as hardware goes, it uses the exact same parts as v1. The only additional thing you will need is a 1ft. USB extension cable which will extend one of the raspberry pi’s USB ports to the front of the arcade.
Assembly should be pretty straightforward. Aside from the electronics, you will need double sided adhesive for the screen/speakers/pi and a variety of m3 screws, m3 nuts, and four m4 nuts to connect the top portion of the joystick/arcade button assembly to the bottom.
The files are all available on Thingiverse and can be downloaded HERE.
I am very pleased with the end result and hope that you will enjoy building my arcade. If you do build one please post pictures I love to see everyone’s awesome builds!