Virtual Pinball Machine

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Blog series by milbert updated 04-30-2012 06:03 PM 4 parts 24891 reads 8 comments total

Part 1: Concept (the beginning)

12-22-2011 08:18 AM by milbert | 0 comments »

I’m working on a pretty cool design project for school… bringing back classic pinball, but in a virtual form. Instead of the usual “mechanical” machine, the game is run with a computer and an abundance of other electronics (the purpose of the project). Our project is replicating a full size cabinet, with a 46” LCD tv as the playfield. Since I am the only person in our group, I have been assigned to building the cabinet. Here’s a preview of it in Sketchup...

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Part 2: The Lower Cabinet Build

01-25-2012 08:39 PM by milbert | 4 comments »

The build of the virtual pinball machine is coming right around. The lower part of the machine is mostly done with the exception of some button and ventilation holes will need to be added. Here are some pictures of the assembly… The hardest part of this cabinet for me was the miter cuts where the sides meet the front. I did it this way for aesthetic purposes since the cabinet would have no trim I don’t want to see the plywood edges. Here is a picture of the final...

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Part 3: Video of Build

01-30-2012 08:42 PM by milbert | 2 comments »

Required a video of the build to go along with the project. Put together a pretty neat time lapse video.. Thanks for looking!

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Part 4: The Finished Product

04-30-2012 06:03 PM by milbert | 2 comments »

I thought it would be cool to follow up and post the finished product of my Virtual Pinball Experience. It actually turned out so good that I got asked multiple times whether we gutted an actual pinball machine to build this. There’s also a short video so you can see it in action. Thanks for looking!

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