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On 12/22/2021 at 11:37 AM, Ffin72 said:

Lee has created a new case, this time for the MiSTer Multisystem:

 

 

I must have said, "oh, that's smart!", six times while watching this video. The switch was a solution after my own heart. Mostly though it really sold me on the capabilities of hobby sized 3D printers - you really CAN make something large out of a bunch of smaller pieces and not have it look weird/gross. Still not going to buy one, but I see the potential now! 🙂 

This two tone design is nice looking and it's cool how it naturally works with the way the printer lays down plastic in "slices". Personally I am not a fan of having that many cuts/lines, because it looks... uncomfortable, but it does have a certain charm. If I made this case I would totally use a red, a green, and a blue button and I'd use one of those SD card slot extension cables to make it available on the right side. Add a power LED and nameplate on the left, just because... maybe a fake cartridge slot to hold my Colecovision Donkey Kong cart...

Heh... I bet you 3D printer owners have the itch to use it for everything. I know I would! lol...

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On 12/23/2021 at 2:18 AM, Tatwi said:

I must have said, "oh, that's smart!", six times while watching this video. The switch was a solution after my own heart. Mostly though it really sold me on the capabilities of hobby sized 3D printers - you really CAN make something large out of a bunch of smaller pieces and not have it look weird/gross. Still not going to buy one, but I see the potential now! 🙂

As I have said before, in this thread or another, I truly believe that this is the future of "retro"/vintage/custom computers. Make your own FPGA core, then design your own case. You can even make your own keyboard. I love the design, but not the colours, but hopefully this is just the start 🙂!

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On 12/23/2021 at 2:18 AM, Tatwi said:

This two tone design is nice looking and it's cool how it naturally works with the way the printer lays down plastic in "slices". Personally I am not a fan of having that many cuts/lines, because it looks... uncomfortable, but it does have a certain charm. If I made this case I would totally use a red, a green, and a blue button and I'd use one of those SD card slot extension cables to make it available on the right side. Add a power LED and nameplate on the left, just because... maybe a fake cartridge slot to hold my Colecovision Donkey Kong cart...

Got an Idea? Go for it! You don't even need to make a prototype, just design and put it into the public domain! Get feedback from the users, learn as you go, everyone is a winner!

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On 12/22/2021 at 5:37 PM, Ffin72 said:

Lee has created a new case, this time for the MiSTer Multisystem:

I believe the MiSTer Multisystem would fit into my case, too. It's 170x170mm (mini-ITX), you just would have to decide which connectors would fact backwards... and then extend the the other connectors. I'm tempted...

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@Perifractic: I' ve watched the latest Retroshow where you featured my case - thanks for that 😀, nearly fell off the couch! And you got my name pronounced almost the right way, very, very close 👍.

I still think the phase-2 board will fit in (mini-ITX, X16c or X16e, never remember which one that is?). If that is ever going to happen - maybe it'll be skipped. In the meantime it hosts a Mister and a Pi.

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On 1/30/2022 at 8:24 AM, AndyMt said:

@Perifractic: I' ve watched the latest Retroshow where you featured my case - thanks for that 😀, nearly fell off the couch! And you got my name pronounced almost the right way, very, very close 👍.

I still think the phase-2 board will fit in (mini-ITX, X16c or X16e, never remember which one that is?). If that is ever going to happen - maybe it'll be skipped. In the meantime it hosts a Mister and a Pi.

The mini-ITX one is the X16c (informally the "c" is for "compact").

Though the mooted All-FPGA one, the X16e {Note+} would be even MORE compact.

{Note: I would go for a full compatible memory model using two of the Vera FPGA's, one implementing Vera, the other implementing the 65c02 core, etc. with 128KB SPRAM core allocated to 40K LowRAM, two of the 16KB "ROM" segments and 7 of the 8KB HighRAM segments. That would hopefully leave the logic and I/O lines to include VIA cores and a UserPort.}

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On 1/30/2022 at 5:24 AM, AndyMt said:

@Perifractic: I' ve watched the latest Retroshow where you featured my case - thanks for that 😀, nearly fell off the couch! And you got my name pronounced almost the right way, very, very close 👍.

I still think the phase-2 board will fit in (mini-ITX, X16c or X16e, never remember which one that is?). If that is ever going to happen - maybe it'll be skipped. In the meantime it hosts a Mister and a Pi.

You’re welcome! Glad you didn’t actually fall off the couch. 

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