You may all have read at some places I was looking into engineering a custom GBZ case from scratch; well that time has finally come! Furthermore I didn't want to share my progress yet in case I couldn't fulfil my promise as this project started out as looking into 3D CAD. Actually I'm an experienced 2D Autocad engineer and over the past few years I've drawn simple adapters and custom tools in both Autocad and sketches which I both don't like for 3D for varies reasons. The choice was between Solidworks and Inventor; after some testing Inventor was the clear winner with for me a lower learning curve to boot. Right now it might not look like something but the next image(s) is the progress; these will be updated once there's new progress.
So what is this project? (and what it is not!)
- 1. First place this is my personal case study into 3D cad, so nothing will be promised.
2. This case will be optimised for a Raspberry Pi Zero setup with as much room for mods and as many features as to do further mods or mount raspi dedicated hardware and expansion boards.
3. This won't be an 1:1 case with the Gameboy DMG for varies reasons. Mainly because it gets optimised internally but also we don't rely any longer on the original hardware. This case will be true to the original dimensions and outer features. Also for legal reasons I want to make enough changes so I actually have the option of selling it, Nintendos' legal team is notorious on these matters.
4. At some point in time if I succeed I will look into how to make this available in some form or another. This may be as a set of 3D printing files although I don't like the surface finish from 3D printers. It may also be an actual product, either 3D printed or preferably even ABS injection molding!
5. Because I want to make this case available at some point I will provide some polls during the process of this case on certain features. I will use these polls as guidelines on what to do but keep in mind in the end it's up to me or my skills!
6. Due to the nature of the project there's no ETA on when it might be finished, could be any amount of time. Sometimes I have lots of time and sometimes I'm 2 weeks away from home and currently don't have a laptop which can handle Inventor well.
7. I will promise any AIO boards made by Helder will fit, however I can't promise the Kyte true AIO might fit; it might rely to heavy on the original case design. Then there's the thing I'm against true AIO but that's another matter. Maybe I'll buy the board just to see if I can make it fit in any way. Right now there's no telling.
8. About the Cartridge reader; I want to see if I can come up with any alternative to the one being used by Wermy which has become rare due to the demand. I'm not sure if these still get produced or were NOS; in case they were NOS we surely want to change it. Actually if I can help it I want to make sure not to use any original Nintendo parts at all if possible... see point 3.
9. Right now I've only planned to add mounts for the Raspberry Pi Zero; eventually a faster one which will do N64/PSX will be released for sure and the Raspi3 is just to big to fit really nicely. Have looked into other boards over the past few weeks but nothing else is really good.
10. Will I add back buttons? Sure I'll add 2 and I make it really easy to add another 2 with a premade mark as to where to put your drill.
So far everything looks good; I've experimented with some features like the indentations near the buttons on how to do these right and I'm confident now I can do this case. I have the option at the university to use a 3D printer for prototyping which might come in handy but can take a real long time depending on the queue. Already I've got into my mind how I want to make this case but if you have any good ideas please provide them. I know Kitsch Bent is looking into a case but who knows how long it's taking and I don't think he has made great progress yet. Also I find his current case to bricky; I want to stick closer to the original for comfort reasons and just the overal look.
This is it for now, updates soon!
Hardware I already have or is on order:
- 1. Translucent Gameboy DMG case
2. Helder AIO 2.0 board
3. 640x480 3,5" screen
4. Gameboy cartridges
5. Gorilla Glass surround
6. Cartridge reader
- 1. Raspi Zero (dimensions are widely known so I don't need it yet)
2. Safe shutdown board
3. Adafruit 1000c board
@Helder for providing me an autocad drawing to check against his AIO boards
@kite for providing me an autocad drawing to check against his full AIO board