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Leonardo Biagi

3D printed Brazilian Odyssey/ European Videopac case

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Hello again from Brazil!!!

 

So I started a personal project again, now for printing the cases just like the brazilian or european ones to keep my homebrews that didn't come with cases, since i find it hard to find empty cases to buy.

I printed two prototypes and the first one had some errors, but the second one is really, really close to what I am looking for.

The idea is to keep the cartridge inside, with the place for the index card and the manual inside, and for the outer part, since I can't print anything translucid enough, I thought about printing the cover of the manual and glueing (?) it on the front of the box, "simulating" the cover. I have some pictures now, but still need to print the cover (and maybe a side label so I can identify it by looking at the shelf, like our friend from the Videopac.nl (and AA as well) grips03 suggested. Once I have it done, I'll post more pics. The third and last (fingers crossed) prototype I'll print with black filament directly and adjust the minor tweaks that are necessary.

 

Thanks again for the attention.

 

All the best to all

 

Leonardo

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Looks really great. Nice work. Hope you dont mind that i posted a link to your project on the videopac . nl forum

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I'd be curious if this could be used for a mold, or if it is just for 3D printing? This looks outstanding!

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I'd be curious if this could be used for a mold, or if it is just for 3D printing? This looks outstanding!

Yes, we could make a mold out of it, but not me, I've tried a few times with catastrophic results, I think the rubber we have available in Brazil isn't good enough for that end (but then again it could be just me doing everything wrong).

I think it's hard and well structured enough for that matter, if that's what you meant.

And thanks for the compliment,it is a really fun project!!!

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I'd be curious as to what you did trying to make a mold?

 

The main thing I was thinking of, was making an actual mold with the 3D print file (if that is possible) and making injection molded cases from a factory. Pretty much guessing it would not be cheap at all, plus such things usually have a large order amount to each run.

 

On the other hand, how did you go about making the 3D file for printing these cases? Scan an older case, or are you super good at this type of thing? It does look very well done. Possible to get close-ups of the hinges and the slot area for the index card?

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I did some research on prices from Chine, but not using the 3d printed but with the actual case. I don't remember the prices exactly, but I can search my emails and get back. it was expensive, I remember that.

For the file, I made it from scratch on a 3d design software using the measurements from the original. It wasn't so hard since it's almost sharp edges, only a few round ones. I am far from super good at this, but with some researching and studying, I got it right.

Here are the pics you requested.

I didn't do any post adjustments, this is directly from the bed.

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Another way to do it is laser cutting acrylic boards.

But will be a nightmare to assembly and glue together all the parts... :(

Perhaps, you can use acrylic just for the cover?

 

Edit : Inject mold is not less than 3k last time I research about.

Not to mention the expensive initial batch, like minimum 1k pieces to start.

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Another way to do it is laser cutting acrylic boards.

But will be a nightmare to assembly and glue together all the parts... :(

Perhaps, you can use acrylic just for the cover?

 

Edit : Inject mold is not less than 3k last time I research about.

Not to mention the expensive initial batch, like minimum 1k pieces to start.

The cover part would be a nightmare as well, because of small, thin pieces I think. But there's always someone willing to all kind of stuff. i know I would if I had the time, material and the dexterity for it.

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I'd be curious as to what you did trying to make a mold?

 

The main thing I was thinking of, was making an actual mold with the 3D print file (if that is possible) and making injection molded cases from a factory. Pretty much guessing it would not be cheap at all, plus such things usually have a large order amount to each run.

 

On the other hand, how did you go about making the 3D file for printing these cases? Scan an older case, or are you super good at this type of thing? It does look very well done. Possible to get close-ups of the hinges and the slot area for the index card?

Here's a small video of the hinges

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If you're going to pursuit it I think the best is looks for a cart mold.

Yes, definitely. But I think it's too expensive, and my intentions are solely for fun and personal use. I just show you guys the results because you always give great and respectable feedback (good or bad) and if someone gets interested on some of it, I can make it available.

But If I stumble to a different option or find better prices, I'll share with the community.

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So, the next natural step for me would be to try and make a 3d printed cartridge. So I did, even with my lack of experience with 3d softwares, it wasn't so hard. The only thing I couldn't figure out was how to make round edges, but even with sharp edges it turned out nice. But when I tested it, the part where the bolts are attached aren't close enough, so the card came a little loose, so it didn't work, but it's just a minor adjustment. Here are the pics:

 

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