Controller Board Construction
By Alexey Feldgendlerfeldgendler. Monday, January 21, 2008 8:00:00 PM
Most of the other parts of the arcade machine were done, so on Monday it was time to work on the gaming controls. Huib
designed the layout of the controller board in Google SketchUp, a 3D editor available free of charge for Mac and Windows
. You can download
our design in this editor's own format, but we've also converted it for you to a bunch of popular 3D (3DS Max
) and 2D (PDF
We decided that our controller board would have a trackball in the middle (it's a modern arcade that can browse the web, too!) and two joysticks, one for each player. On each player's side, there would be a set of buttons:
- Four general purpose gaming buttons
- A Start button
- One of the mouse buttons that work together with the trackball
- Pause button on the left side and exit button on the right
There would also be an extra gaming button on each of the sides of the cabinet for pinball games.
The top view of the controller board layout has been printed out to guide us when making the board. Adam drilled
the holes for buttons and joysticks and cut the big hole for the trackball with the hole saw
and Adam made some parts of the cabinet really smooth with the help of sanding paper.
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