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Wireless MAME Part 2 – Mechanical Design and Construction

As alluded to in the last article, most of the thought involved in constructing my MAME controller went into the mechanical design.  As I’ve found constructing this, it really takes a lot of thought and patience to design your own cabinet.  As can be seen in  this link, there’s no shortage of people who do a marginal job with their cabinets.  Then again, the system I’m posting about could probably qualify if taken out of the context of an experiment/first try.  What you see here is hopefully the first step in something that will turn out to be great, but is only marginally successful at this point.

acrylic MAME sheet

Partially cut 3/8 inch acrylic sheet

The first step in the design process was to select the material to use and the general shape.  As I had used it in the past, clear acrylic sheet seemed like a good material.  It’s very strong, fairly scratch-resistant for this type of material, and easy to machine.  On the negative side, it’s more brittle than some materials.  3/8 inch thickness was chosen so it would be a very solid piece although 1/4 inch would probably work as well. Read more »

Wireless MAME – part 1, introduction

For those of you who don’t know, MAME stands for Multi Arcade Machine Emulator.  This probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “mame,” but just think of it as a way to play old video games, Galaga, PacMan, etc on your computer.  As my wife and I have used a computer as a substitute for cable for close to a year now (that could be is an article in itself), it only made sense that I should use it for a gaming system as well.  If you’re wondering why this makes sense, this post might not be for you, but I still appreciate you reading.

finished Wireless MAME controller

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