Video: Build Your Own OpenCADE!
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Welcome to OpenCADE! A truly open platform for building your own personal Arcade console. OpenCADE is now available for download/3D-Printing to allow you to begin building your own custom Arcade. It’s very configurable and allows you to Make it Your Way.
We are not a business, this is only a hobby. All the models and artifacts on this page are provided to you at no cost. You can support us simply by subscribing to our YouTube channel, if you like what you see. More fun stuff coming, such as…
Want to send us your OpenCADE build pictures to be posted here? We’d love to see what you’ve done with OpenCADE! E-mail us at wagnerstechtalk [at] gmail.com. If we receive any photos, we’ll setup a page for our user builds. Let us know in your message if it’s OK to post your pictures publicly.
We hope you enjoy this solution and let us know how we can do a better job in our future productions. This is an on-going project with more options being designed for it. Where’s that Trackball already??
-The Wagner’s TechTalk Team (Jon & Landon)
MAIN OpenCADE Download (Models/.stl’s)
You can download/preview the OpenCADE package from Thingiverse below. This is the base package that you will need to start off with, a few items are optional so be sure to check out the included manual or video above for details:
The following are some add-on’s to further customize your OpenCADE. Be sure to read the description in the link for further details.
- Dual-joystick control panel with no buttons (for games like RoboTron/Krull), this would be used as a special-purpose controller plugged into an RPi (OpenCADE or otherwise).
- Wrist panel to expand the control panel for a 1-n player configuration.
- Create a completely empty control panel (screw holes only), so you can customize the button layout.
- Joystick-only panel, positioned towards the left-center and button layout (only) on a separate control panel. This allows you to build a single player unit that is at near arcade size.
- Suction cup adapters to allow inserting the suction cups into a small adapter that can be super-glued/E6000 to the base for greater stability for a 1-n player unit.
You can view/download the current documentation below :
*Note – If you intend to build any OpenCADE, please see the details on the RetroPie website to make sure it is done so, legally.
Parts you’ll need for your build
Below is a list of parts we purchased for our build. You can get yours anywhere you want, this list is provided as a reference and what we used in the video above.
- Raspberry Pi 3b+
- Power Supply for RPi
- 128GB MicroSD ( smaller cards work fine too, just a recommendation )
- Button/Joystick Kits
- M2 / M3 Screws
- M3 Nuts
- Rubber Feet (Large) ( optional )
- USB Female -> Male Extensions ( optional )
Advantages of this Solution
- You can start off with a single RPi build quite inexpensively.
- You can add additional controllers, bases, etc. It can grow with your needs!
- Make it what you want, in any color! Want a Galaga Decor go for it. DK, the same!
- Did we mention, the case is basically FREE (minus the cost of the printer filament)
- Additional options can be added as they are developed (Please see the Add-On’s section)
- Include a cover plate for the expansion holes. In addition, the package includes a USB female plate that will allow you to attach keyboards, spinners or trackballs directly to your OpenCADE!
- A base with no front holes is provided in the package, in case you don’t want two front button holes (great for Player 2…4)
- An Empty Control Panel is included in the package to allow you to custom design the control panel however you wish. The holes that are pre-designed are for the Joystick and screw holes so you don’t have to worry about that.
- Can be used with our Arcade Restrictor for an easy and simple solution for playing those classic 4-way games (Ms. Pac-Man, DK, etc.)
- Further down the road, we plan to design in-line spinner and trackball attachments which you can place in any segment you wish!
- Expandable by you, since we have provided the .stl files, you can create new components that can be used by any OpenCADE user!
- We will be developing new add-on’s, components and customization’s as well. This project has ONLY STARTED! Much more to come…
Our To-Do List
Here are some ideas that will be developed going forward. These include some really interesting original ideas that you’ll likely never see anywhere else. But, they haven’t been done here either (yet). So for now, they are future to-do items. For total transparency, best to let everyone know what we hope to achieve in 2019 :
- Trackball mounting assembly to allow installing the trackball to the left/right of your OpenCADE control panel. [Status: figuring out the software in RetroPie ]
- Coin Door assembly to add a more authentic look to your build. There would be some electronics involved for adding Ir Sensors to detect when a coin has been inserted. But, it would be a fun sub-project for OpenCADE. [Status: An embryonic concept, partially based on past experience ]
- Top panel to support a button array (i.e. Start + Select) and potentially an LCD display to show cover art or some other stats. This will require hardware and software that will need to be investigated. Still, an interesting option which may be far into the future. [Status: No clue where to start here, just an idea]