Design and 3D Print Your Own Classic Arcade Cabinet
It’s fun to browse through upright arcade games for sale, making plans for your future home arcade and maybe even treating yourself to a purchase every now and again. But what if you could create a classic arcade cabinet on your own?
Tabletop Retro Arcade Cabinet
3D printing designer Miguel Angel Lopez is no stranger to the nostalgia of the retro arcade days. He wanted to impart the love of classic arcade games to his son, so he created the 3D printing blueprint for his very own retro arcade cabinet, big enough to be realistic but small enough to fit on a table.
Lopez designed the project using Solidworks, a popular 3D design software. Printing took about 60 hours total. He used PLA plastic and included a joystick and play buttons. After purchasing a 7” LCD screen, he attached it to a Raspberry Pi – a small computer brain used to power the machine.
The Power of 3D Printing
3D printing is essentially the ability to construct three-dimensional images from a digitally-sourced file. Creators use a 3D modeling program to construct a new object from scratch, or use a 3D scanner to copy an existing object. The data is loaded in a computer aided design file (CAD) feeding to the printer.
3D printing is used in many industries to create products and prototypes. The machines can be used to create airplane and vehicle components, clothing, medical devices and more. In modern culture, 3D printers are now being utilized for artistic expression. Some schools are beginning to purchase 3D printers to expose students to the modern digital manufacturing process and teach them to create their own masterpieces.
If you happen to have a 3D printer or access to one and would like to use Lopez’s guidelines for creating a retro arcade cabinet, find him on Thingiverse, one of the most common platforms for sharing 3D printer models and designs.