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Pinball Machine

This (and other arcade machines) is the main reason I bought my Maslow. If I can get my Z-axis figured out and after some smaller test projects, I plan to start on a pinball machine. Probably 2, a virtual machine and a legit mechanical one using MPF and OOP controls.

This is a FreeCAD representation of a (more or less) standard Williams Widebody Cab. The picture below is for a virtual cab, though the mechanical one is pretty similar, just less buttons. If you’re bored, and want to fall into a rabbit hole reading about pinball machine construction see:

http://mjrnet.org/pinscape/BuildGuideV2/BuildGuide.php

I took his plans and made this:

V0 is the built up cab shown in the picture with all the stuff for a virtual machine. V1 is more geared towards mechanical and cutting on a Maslow type CNC.

No guarantees that the gcode isn’t all screwed up or some of the holes aren’t in the wrong place as I haven’t actually made anything yet. Probably shouldn’t use it until I test it. Any comments or suggestions on the design, gcode, constructibility, etc. would be more than welcome.

Thanks for looking.

PinballMachineV0and1.7z (1.6 MB)

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Cool project, I will be tagging along. I converted a Simpson’s stand up cabinet to a M.A.M.E. machine many years ago (using keyboard emulators for button control and a CRT monitor, LOL). When I first got the Maslow, building an updated cabinet was one of my first thoughts…then I thought about Virtual Pins from back in the day and dreamed of a virtual pinball machine too. Please post updates as you move forward, I will certainly be following along.

Jason

Thank you! I’ll be sure to get some updates going. You can laugh at my woodworking ineptitude. haha.

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Ha! My woodworking ineptitude is exactly why I have a Maslow. :smiley: As long as you are good with a sander and a paintbrush, the rest can be hidden. LOL

Enjoy the process, I will probably not be too far behind you.

Jason

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It is great to see this thread as I also purchased the Maslow for the purpose of building arcade cabinets and would love to try a Virtual Pinball machine. It would be great to have a database of gcodes for cabinets and arcade equipment for owners to try. I have yet to get my first project completed, but hopefully with some success it would be great to try other cabinets and a pinball machine would be great. Other projects such as jukeboxes, etc. would be fun to try as well. Good luck and keep everyone updated!

Spent some time working on this this weekend. Still lacking a few pieces, but getting there.

Messed up a couple times. :slight_smile:






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Finished all the part cutting. I need to buy a couple more tools to finish (like a router table and a table saw), so it might be a couple weeks until I can make some assembly progress. :slight_smile:

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Beautiful work!

I can’t wait to see how it all comes together

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