I am making a retro 8bit inspired case for my MiSTer what do you think ?

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I am making a retro 8bit inspired case for my MiSTer what do you think ?

Postby leejsmith » Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:25 pm

This is something I have worked on for the past few weeks. I was going to look at either modding a old computer (that was not possible to fix) or using the project Julia 3d printed case, but it still needed changing to fir the MiSTer, but I brought the model and the Ajazz Ak33 keyboard to make it anyway. After two weeks of printing I ended up with a decent enough case, but I didn't like all the joins and it was going to need a lot of work to make it look decent. So I decided to work on this case design that is super simple and hides the joins from the front view as much as possible. You can print in sections on most printers like ender 3 or prusa mk2-3 and I even have a module for the PI 3 and also a wider keyboard option for that will size amiga feel.

It's still a work in progress, but I am close to having it good enough for me to use and when I am happy I will share the files for anyone to print.
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Postby Chris23235 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:46 pm

This looks great, I thought about the possibility to built something using the official Raspberry Pi keyboard. My ideas went into a similar direction, but I don't have a 3D printer and I am not good at building physical stuff in general. Yours looks even better then the one I imagined, because the keyboard is much more appropriate for an 8 Bit Homecomputer hommage than the Raspi keyboard.

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Postby leejsmith » Fri Jan 31, 2020 5:50 pm

I have one design for the Logitech wireless keyboard with pad and another for the logitech carbon full size. The back parts are the same and I just add a spacer in the middle.
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Postby NML32 » Fri Jan 31, 2020 6:01 pm

Looks great!! :cheers:

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Postby Nat » Fri Jan 31, 2020 7:56 pm

Very impressed, you really have a good looking case! :D
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Postby leejsmith » Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:00 pm

Nat wrote:Very impressed, you really have a good looking case! :D


Thanks, I hope the remaining details will make it look a bit more polished.

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Postby bazza12 » Sat Feb 01, 2020 5:01 pm

looks great Lee.. its got a real ST/Amiga look to it as well.. :cheers:

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Re: I am making a retro 8bit inspired case for my MiSTer what do you think ?

Postby nightshadowpt » Tue Feb 04, 2020 1:15 am

That case looks amazing...

With a bit more work, it will be perfect.

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Postby leejsmith » Fri Feb 14, 2020 11:22 am

I am still working on it and printed a new version this week along with some options for a full sized keyboard with num pad.

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Postby Nat » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:33 pm

Looking forward to seeing the latest version of your case, please do post some more pictures.
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Postby leejsmith » Fri Feb 14, 2020 5:52 pm

Nat wrote:Looking forward to seeing the latest version of your case, please do post some more pictures.
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Postby Nat » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:17 pm

Looks really good, I do get a bit of an Atari 800XL vibe from this version, it's probably the black keyboard and case shape.

I do like the idea of insetting the Neodymium magnets to hold the case together, very neat solution.
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Postby leejsmith » Fri Feb 14, 2020 8:29 pm

Nat wrote:Looks really good, I do get a bit of an Atari 800XL vibe from this version, it's probably the black keyboard and case shape.

I do like the idea of insetting the Neodymium magnets to hold the case together, very neat solution.


The magnets worked very well for the top, but I also tried to hold everything else together and it was not strong enough. So back to screws or glue for the base and I will use magnets for the top.

This Yellow - Gold filament needs brightening lol.

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Re: I am making a retro 8bit inspired case for my MiSTer what do you think ?

Postby dshadoff » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:13 pm

I was kind of hoping to see faux 3.5" floppy faces in the vertical riser right behind the keyboard...

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Postby Lightwave » Fri Feb 14, 2020 9:35 pm

That case could use a good retrobrite :)

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Postby djmartins » Fri Feb 14, 2020 10:31 pm

Lightwave wrote:That case could use a good retrobrite :)


Lol!
He's just saving 30 years of UV damage.
Anyhow, looks great!
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Postby leejsmith » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:15 pm

dshadoff wrote:I was kind of hoping to see faux 3.5" floppy faces in the vertical riser right behind the keyboard...


I am still thinking about that part, but anything is possible and I did think about something like that.

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Postby leejsmith » Sat Feb 15, 2020 1:16 pm

djmartins wrote:
Lightwave wrote:That case could use a good retrobrite :)


Lol!
He's just saving 30 years of UV damage.
Anyhow, looks great!
:cheers:


30 years of heavy smoking too lol.

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Re: I am making a retro 8bit inspired case for my MiSTer what do you think ?

Postby gljubojevic » Fri Feb 28, 2020 9:08 pm

Hi, are you going to share design?
I'm interested to fiddle with version with logitech wireless K400 keyboard, case would look really great if it is slimmer.
You have great idea here to make case that looks like retro machine, combination with touchpad keyboard is great.

Keep up good work :D

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Postby redsteakraw » Sat Feb 29, 2020 1:41 am

Looks good! Just wondering why you chose to put the display / power coming out the right side instead of the back? I would be concerned that the wires coming out of the side will look messier.

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Postby leejsmith » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:28 pm

latest revision.
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Postby leejsmith » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:29 pm

gljubojevic wrote:Hi, are you going to share design?
I'm interested to fiddle with version with logitech wireless K400 keyboard, case would look really great if it is slimmer.
You have great idea here to make case that looks like retro machine, combination with touchpad keyboard is great.

Keep up good work :D


I have that same keyboard and was planning to make a keyboard section for it as well as my Logitech Carbon

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Postby leejsmith » Mon Mar 02, 2020 8:39 pm

redsteakraw wrote:Looks good! Just wondering why you chose to put the display / power coming out the right side instead of the back? I would be concerned that the wires coming out of the side will look messier.


I do agree that it's not the best The other option is to turn it -90 and put on the left. I just like how compact it is this way.

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Postby redsteakraw » Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:11 pm

leejsmith wrote:
redsteakraw wrote:Looks good! Just wondering why you chose to put the display / power coming out the right side instead of the back? I would be concerned that the wires coming out of the side will look messier.


I do agree that it's not the best The other option is to turn it -90 and put on the left. I just like how compact it is this way.


I was thinking of that, however computers routinely had monitors on top so in theory If it is a bit deeper you can have a base to rest a monitor on top.

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Postby leejsmith » Mon Mar 02, 2020 9:33 pm

redsteakraw wrote:
leejsmith wrote:
redsteakraw wrote:Looks good! Just wondering why you chose to put the display / power coming out the right side instead of the back? I would be concerned that the wires coming out of the side will look messier.


I do agree that it's not the best The other option is to turn it -90 and put on the left. I just like how compact it is this way.


I was thinking of that, however computers routinely had monitors on top so in theory If it is a bit deeper you can have a base to rest a monitor on top.


I can work on a version of the back section rotated once I am happy with this one.


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