CNC Cutting an Arcade Cabinet on The SmartShop II
Countless adults reminisce about their favorite “old-school” video games and let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to replay Metal Slug or Space Invaders with a classic arcade cabinet? We decided that would be a fun way to start our Laguna Projects, so let us go back to the 70’s with a modern take on classic arcade games! This arcade cabinet is a great beginner project and makes for a fun & nostalgic addition to any room you put it in. If you’re new to using Vectric VCarve or Aspire it’s a handy reference on how to set up 2D cuts.
- 3/4” sheet of melamine, plywood, or mdf
- Raspberry Pi 3.0
- Arcade Kit
- Note: this kit is great if you’re not savvy with electronics because it comes with everything you’d need but otherwise the parts can be found cheaper separately.
- Wood Screws (alternatively you could adjust the drill command for ¼” dowels if you want clean sides on your cabinet)
- Monitor (This was designed for an old 3:4 ratio lcd screen but any screen will work with a little adjustment to the dimensions of interior parts)
- USB Speaker
Cut and Assemble Directions
- Cut out the parts and assemble everything except the back and bottom pieces.
- Attach the monitor (this is the most difficult part to get right)
- Attach all the buttons and the joystick and wire everything together
- Note: We bought the kit and the wires were pretty short. We needed some extra wire to connect everything together
- Connect the monitor and speakers to the Raspberry Pi
- Load up some games and configure the buttons