I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. IT'S FINISHED!

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 12/2/17
by Moggy » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:13 am

Ad7 wrote:It is strawberry floating horrid. It's getting changed when the end suite is done.


With the speed at which you convert an old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine, I'd imagine it will be a few years before you change the carpet. ;)

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 12/2/17
by Ad7 » Mon Feb 13, 2017 11:41 am

These things take time.

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 12/2/17
by Ad7 » Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:42 pm

Mr bump.

Thanks to Devlin sort of reminding me this existed earlier, I decided to bite the bullet and actually order the parts to laser cut.

Then I got to the checkout and saw it was going to cost over £100 :dread:

I ended up not bothering with the back and base panels in the end. I can always make the back up from a bit of card if I feel it really needs it. Where the screen and marquee bit were acrylic and the speaker bit was wood, I've made all clear acrylic to save money (it's all cut from the same sheet) with matching shapes cut from black card. This way it costs half as much, plus on the card part I squeezed in a few bits with ADCADE cut out in the Sega font. I can then either backlight that bit and have it shine, or sandwich a colour in there and have those letters be whatever colour I want (if I decide to use them, full art or blank it off).

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by Cheeky Devlin » Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:13 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:

You're welcome. Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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by Green Gecko » Fri Feb 16, 2018 3:29 am

My bad, I can use an industrial laser cutter now!

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 12/2/17
by kerr9000 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:30 am

I really enjoyed reading this and taking a look although it was a little bitter sweet, I got an old busted up arcade machine and fixed it up about 10 years ago but had to leave it behind when I moved. I saw one of these I-cade things for £30 a few weeks back and if I had an Ipad id have grqabbed it.

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 12/2/17
by Ad7 » Fri Feb 16, 2018 12:32 pm

But it and convert it like I have. Just don't take 3 years to do it.

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 12/2/17
by Ad7 » Mon Feb 19, 2018 5:59 pm

Parts have been shipped, fingers crossed I can put it all together this weekend.

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 12/2/17
by Green Gecko » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:55 pm

Similar but not entirely different. I recently milled a raspberry pi 3 case out of solid oak, and cut all the ports out with a dremel. The lid just snap fits so you can still access the GPIO or SD. And I had partial success hardwiring an official Megadrive pad with its own DB9 socket (I got sonic to run and jump at least).

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by Green Gecko » Mon Feb 19, 2018 11:55 pm

Similar but not entirely different. I recently milled a raspberry pi 3 case out of solid oak, and cut all the ports out with a dremel. The lid just snap fits so you can still access the GPIO or SD. And I had partial success hardwiring an official Megadrive pad with its own DB9 socket (I got sonic to run and jump at least).

Will share some point.

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 12/2/17
by Ad7 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 7:14 pm

Parts are here :toot:

The marquee text looks so good.

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 20/2/18
by Ad7 » Tue Feb 20, 2018 10:48 pm

I've actually done stuff :toot: thesethingstaketime.gif

*Warning - contains states of tables and kitchens.*

(I modified the Sega A so the middle wouldn't fall out when cut font fans)
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Here's what £50 of laser cutting gets you :dread:
(Duplicate parts were to make the most out of the sheet space and give me room to paint parts if I want, sand them etc.)
Black is mountboard, white is clear acrylic with its protective sheet on.
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Assembling the screen outer, bezel and screen itself. Note the tension sheet in case things go wrong.

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When assembling I noticed the brown edge of the mountboard, so I carefully coloured it black with a marker.

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All sandwiched together and attached to the cabinet. I'm well impressed with how all the cutting came out. I spent far too long modelling the thing in 3d to design the perfect template, but it's still satisfying for it to actually work.

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So neat (apart from all the dust)

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Looking so good. It's really hard to take a decent photo because now the screen is like a mirror without being switched on.

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I need some bolts for the next part which I forgot to order so attaching the speakers and the marquee has to wait, but for now I balanced it all together to give an idea of how it will look.

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 20/2/18
by still » Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:40 am

Brilliant! Finish it off then...

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 20/2/18
by Poser » Wed Feb 21, 2018 8:24 am

That 25cent slot. Lush.

Also: use a strawberry floating coaster sometimes, mate.

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 20/2/18
by Ad7 » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:29 pm

We got given the table and it was in that mess when we got it. Plan to sand it back and stain it in the summer

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by jawafour » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:33 pm

That looks just fantastic!

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by Hyperion » Wed Feb 21, 2018 12:37 pm

State of that watch

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by Green Gecko » Wed Feb 21, 2018 1:08 pm

Mixing up flathead and Phillips :dread: it's all about hex bolts.

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 20/2/18
by Moggy » Fri Feb 23, 2018 10:00 am

Ad7 wrote:We got given the table and it was in that mess when we got it. Plan to sand it back and stain it in the summer


With the speed of your projects, I would estimate the table will be restored by 2024. ;)

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PostRe: I convert my old Ion iCade into a Bartop Raspberry Pi Powered Arcade Machine! 'How to' guide inside. UPDATED 20/2/18
by Ad7 » Fri Feb 23, 2018 12:37 pm

Get a load of Lord of the bants up here ^


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