Finished drawing the case last night for 3D printing. Used SketchUp to draw it as its free. Still searching for that perfect 3D modeling program. SketchUp is an ok piece of software. Compared to AutoDesk 123D V9 it lacks some features but the newer 123D Design (they changed the name slightly) its pretty lame.
X-RAY view for giggles.
I finished this project last year for San Mateo Maker Faire but never made a video….TILL NOW!
Been awhile since I last posted but I am pretty much moved into my new place in Houston and getting back to my personal projects.
Here is a status update for the NES Top Loader portable!
Assembling the front half of the case. Using size M2 sheet metal screws to attach the PCBs to the case. Holes are tapped with a 1.5mm drill bit before hand. For those that know the PSone screen accepts 7.4V then converts it down to 5V in some areas with a 7805 linear regulator. I removed the 7805s and attached my 5V switching power supply to the pads which dropped the power draw of the screen.
The back side houses much more parts. Batteries, switching powersupply, NES Top Loader PCB, speaker, amplifier, and volume control are all housed here. There is no hotglue in this portable. Everything is mechanically held in place. Some electrical tape is used to insulate parts but that is about it.
The case I designed and Chris printed showed up today. This is the prototype case. I had to make some slight tweaks to the design to get it ready for the final version.
You can download the files on the NES Toploader project page and check out the progress of the portable.
Made a permanent project page for the NES Top Loader Portable. You can also download the 3D model I made for the 3D printing.
Chris Kraft just finished the top and bottom halves of the NES 2 (Top Loader) portable case. This is the prototype printed out of clear PLA (type of plastic). After I receive the case I will see if I need to do any tweaks to the design and then Chris will print it out of UV reactive purple PLA.
It turned out really nice. This is essentially the largest thing Chris can print on his 3D printer and it did a great job!