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Well, I made an attempt to make a case for the 7800/XM combo, and I think the bottom part came out ok:

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I wanted the motherboard to sit more 'flat' and have the joystick ports protrude a little to they were easy to get to.

I screwed the XM unit into the base so it doesn't move.  There are small pegs that stick up that were made to go through the small holes in the front corners of the 7800 PCB.

 

The top, however, I'm having trouble with.

 

It takes FOREVER to print (like 3 days - because of the height and supports) and I'm not crazy about how it looks.  Here is the 3D drawing of the top:

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The outer cylinders are for the screws to go into, and the four inner ones are used to press the switches.

I used to like the sloped front, but not any more.  I may have the front of the case go straight down and then forward.  Same thing with the back.  My plan is to have a badge on the front (where you see the slope but where I intend for it to go straight down) that has something like '7800/XM' on the front.

I need to streamline this so it doesn't take up as much filament.  I've been through 4 large rolls of filament just trying to get the bottom and top just right.

 

Once this is done, I'd *like* to try and make a newer 7800 (only) case, for the people whose cases have cracked.  I plan on using the same base as above (without the walls that hold the XM in place) and design a new top.

 

Oh, and I've also made a new cart design.  I've used many bits and pieces from other designs...  I think the labels will stick better to this one:

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It also fits much better in the 7800 and/or the XM.

 

Any ideas about the top of the case design?

Thanks guys

 

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50 minutes ago, PacManPlus said:

 

Well, I made an attempt to make a case for the 7800/XM combo, and I think the bottom part came out ok:

IMG-0172.thumb.jpg.9b55253b52110b5901149640a89f9828.jpg IMG-0173.thumb.jpg.49e512bc591a090cd04decd93dd61007.jpg

 

image.thumb.png.d72c498e0cc842f22ec21af9abaad778.png

 

 

It also fits much better in the 7800 and/or the XM.

 

Any ideas about the top of the case design?

Thanks guys

 

 

Large metal bezel across the front would be super cool.

 

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Have you checked out any of the classic Atari console designs that you could adapt for it? Maybe one of the proto designs.

 

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4 hours ago, Stephen said:

Neat idea but that is a massive case to print!

 

It would be neat to also see what an angled top would look like. Keep the stock bottom and 3rd print supports and a top to accommodate the added xm board. Like those custom Sega Neptunes with the built in 32x boards :) 

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12 hours ago, Mitch said:

Have you checked out any of the classic Atari console designs that you could adapt for it? Maybe one of the proto designs.

 

Mitch

I think I need to do that...  That's a good idea.

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On 6/3/2020 at 5:29 PM, PacManPlus said:

 

Well, I made an attempt to make a case for the 7800/XM combo, and I think the bottom part came out ok:

IMG-0172.thumb.jpg.9b55253b52110b5901149640a89f9828.jpg IMG-0173.thumb.jpg.49e512bc591a090cd04decd93dd61007.jpg

I wanted the motherboard to sit more 'flat' and have the joystick ports protrude a little to they were easy to get to.

I screwed the XM unit into the base so it doesn't move.  There are small pegs that stick up that were made to go through the small holes in the front corners of the 7800 PCB.

 

The top, however, I'm having trouble with.

 

It takes FOREVER to print (like 3 days - because of the height and supports) and I'm not crazy about how it looks.  Here is the 3D drawing of the top:

image.thumb.png.d72c498e0cc842f22ec21af9abaad778.pngimage.thumb.png.416f83cd95b5bacbd7cb83cd4468c99a.png 

image.thumb.png.a38fa0007bb8428cb5ba711318100c04.png

 

The outer cylinders are for the screws to go into, and the four inner ones are used to press the switches.

I used to like the sloped front, but not any more.  I may have the front of the case go straight down and then forward.  Same thing with the back.  My plan is to have a badge on the front (where you see the slope but where I intend for it to go straight down) that has something like '7800/XM' on the front.

I need to streamline this so it doesn't take up as much filament.  I've been through 4 large rolls of filament just trying to get the bottom and top just right.

 

Once this is done, I'd *like* to try and make a newer 7800 (only) case, for the people whose cases have cracked.  I plan on using the same base as above (without the walls that hold the XM in place) and design a new top.

 

Oh, and I've also made a new cart design.  I've used many bits and pieces from other designs...  I think the labels will stick better to this one:

image.thumb.png.ea98be40963a92475e3ef25f4e451c14.pngimage.thumb.png.365c3da6e5ca2d2bf6a93953e622e3e9.png 

 

It also fits much better in the 7800 and/or the XM.

 

Any ideas about the top of the case design?

Thanks guys

 

That is some beast of a case Bob!!!  🙂

 

Did you use the 7800 case files I sent you or did you create that from scratch?   The cart design looks GREAT!  We've all definitely been in need of a better 7800 cart case.

 

 

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Thanks, Curt

 

I used some bits and pieces from the case files you sent, but I will those more for the 'plain' 7800 case redesign.

 

I do want to streamline the 7800/XM case as it's too bulky...

 

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Just to let you all know I have ordered a Midijoy kit.  I plan on using it to write a 7800 program which will allow you to play 7800XM POKEY, TIA, YM as a MIDI instrument.   Wish me luck.

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how much height could you save by permanently mating the XM, is there ever a reason you could want to remove it?

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13 hours ago, haightc said:

how much height could you save by permanently mating the XM, is there ever a reason you could want to remove it?

That's what the case (at the top of this page) is for that I am designing.  No, there is no need to remove it once you have it.

 

I also was going to design a smaller 7800 case for the people who may have cracked theirs (or just want a new one) starting with the original 7800 design, but since Curt gave out the .STL files for the 7800 case I won't bother.

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16 hours ago, Synthpopalooza said:

Just to let you all know I have ordered a Midijoy kit.  I plan on using it to write a 7800 program which will allow you to play 7800XM POKEY, TIA, YM as a MIDI instrument.   Wish me luck.

So you want me to get a divorce? Thanks buddy.. 😂

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On 6/11/2020 at 8:46 AM, PacManPlus said:

That's what the case (at the top of this page) is for that I am designing.  No, there is no need to remove it once you have it.

 

I also was going to design a smaller 7800 case for the people who may have cracked theirs (or just want a new one) starting with the original 7800 design, but since Curt gave out the .STL files for the 7800 case I won't bother.

No reason you can't still make your own custom version.  I thought you mentioned to me you wanted to do new bottoms with AV and Svideo (maybe HDMI) ports on them - NOW THOSE WOULD SELL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

A smaller design would be VERY cool as well, you could pull the sides in quite a bit.

 

 

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On 6/11/2020 at 8:46 AM, PacManPlus said:

That's what the case (at the top of this page) is for that I am designing.  No, there is no need to remove it once you have it.

 

I also was going to design a smaller 7800 case for the people who may have cracked theirs (or just want a new one) starting with the original 7800 design, but since Curt gave out the .STL files for the 7800 case I won't bother.

Might be fun to make the 7800 case into more of a SuperSystem look, hmmmmmm  ;-)

 

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Yes to smaller, that would be great, maybe something more boxy?
Wishing I'd bought a 3D printer before prices went crazy in lockdown :(

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Thanks, Curt - Mimo

 

I'll have pictures in a few days of what I have come up with.  I like this redesigned base better than what I had before, and all I have to do is take out the extended XM part to have a regular, smaller base for people without the XM.

You'll see what I mean...   Stay tuned. :)

 

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It would be interesting to see about using the original top and bottom of the 7800 shell and 3d printing a middle piece and stand offs to accommodate for the added XM. Printing it in white would make the 7800XM machine look like an Oreo :grin:

 

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On 7/1/2020 at 1:19 PM, SalemFrost7800 said:

Hello, has there been an update on these shipping?

 

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On 7/1/2020 at 12:19 PM, SalemFrost7800 said:

Hello, has there been an update on these shipping? Sorry I have been away for awhile and was just checking in.

It shipped on January 6, but please expect 4-6 years for delivery.

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4 hours ago, Swami said:

It shipped on January 6, but please expect 4-6 years for delivery.

LOL!!!   No, that would be the Atari VCS you're thinking of :-D

 

I've already shipped out to quite a few 7800 developers.  Only thing I'm waiting for is the beta of the Consumer BIOS so it can be fully testing out on the final boards (the last version now has the Motor line on the SIO connected, just a very minor change.  All hardware work is done.   I also need the final Consumer BIOS so the manual can be written.   This is a rather extensive piece of software, as well as a rather impressive one as well.   It will actually redefine several of the console buttons during power up to allow certain functions and settings to be done as the console boots.   I already have an early version of the Consumer BIOS and it blew my mind when I tried it out, but many area's were not yet completed.   Any of the 7800 coders... well, a coder on any of these consoles will tell you, the software side takes time.   There are 3 people working on the BIOS and the Dev's have all seen a sneak peak of an early version of it as well as Albert.   I'm just putting together boards and readying them on my end.

 

 

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