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Carbon Fiber VB Game Cases
Posted on: 8/4 8:58
Nintendoid!
Joined 2016/12/15
USA
114 Posts
Long Time User (1 Year)
I was playing around with carbon fiber 3D printed cases in addition to the link cable work. The Onyx prints didn't come out so well but the SLS HP PA12 prints are not bad. Still too expensive though at $24 per case.

The SLS prints also seem to mark up easily as well. Seems like the cart dust cover model here on PlanetVB may be too tight in dimensions. The SLS dust cover won't go on the VB connector without pushing pretty hard. The cases are a bit tight as well. The plain case less so than the fully detailed one.

The plain covers print better than the fully detailed one with Nintendo writing on the back. The current models have the text too shallow for 3D prints. Virtual Boy shows up on the back using a 75um SLS print and an 100um FDM Onyx print but the smaller text at the bottom doesn't show well with SLS and not at all with FDM Onyx.

I think the 3D models also have the screw depths too short or the screw on the back cover too deep as when you tighten the screws down they want to push through the front covers. You can see it in the pics of both the FDM Onyx and the SLS HP PA12 prints.

I'd like to try an SLA Formlabs Tough Resin print as well but they're even more expensive than SLS. Seems like at this point donor carts are still the best option.

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#2
Re: Carbon Fiber VB Game Cases
Posted on: 10/13 2:25
Nintendoid!
Joined 2016/12/15
USA
114 Posts
Long Time User (1 Year)
Not carbon fiber but Formlabs Tough Resin SLA. All the features come out and it looks quite good. Came out a bit flexible which I read is not correct and due to them over curing or washing the resin. Going to try to get another print done but this is the best I've seen in 3D print cases so far. Color is fixed in blue unfortunately. These would be too expensive to have a company print but if you have a Formlabs printer then its only $8 in material for the top and bottom case covers.

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#3
Re: Carbon Fiber VB Game Cases
Posted on: 10/13 3:33
VB Gamer
Joined 2016/5/12
USA
31 Posts
Long Time User (1 Year)
Damn, those look great. Can only imagine how slick they would look in red.
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#4
Re: Carbon Fiber VB Game Cases
Posted on: 10/13 6:30
PVB Elite
Joined 2011/3/10
USA
828 Posts
Top10 PosterLong Time User (6 Years) 30+ Game Ratings
this will have to be the future of this community. we can not use donors forever. i really like these and would like to try a few with my 1-off carts if they ever become available.
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#5
Re: Carbon Fiber VB Game Cases
Posted on: 10/13 7:31
Nintendoid!
Joined 2016/12/15
USA
114 Posts
Long Time User (1 Year)
Quote:

Lester Knight wrote:
this will have to be the future of this community. we can not use donors forever. i really like these and would like to try a few with my 1-off carts if they ever become available.


If anyone in the group has a Formlabs form2 printer, or access to one, that would help quite a bit. I need to check that I have permission to post the cart design files. Then anyone could have them printed. But like I mentioned $8 is the material cost. A vendor will add profit to that and then add labor and machine costs.

I had cart printed with dust cover and the VB connector and it was just under $100. We need access to a machine that we can use for free and just pay material costs. Then it might be worth it.
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#6
Re: Carbon Fiber VB Game Cases
Posted on: 10/13 9:37
Administrator
Joined 2000/1/8
Germany
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Highscore Top10Highscore Top ScoreCoder#1 PosterHOTY09 1stLong Time User (15 Years) App Coder90+ Game Ratings
Clear ones, huh? Looks fantastic!
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#7
Re: Carbon Fiber VB Game Cases
Posted on: 10/13 10:23
PVB Elite
Joined 2011/3/10
USA
828 Posts
Top10 PosterLong Time User (6 Years) 30+ Game Ratings
Quote:

KR155E wrote:
Clear ones, huh? Looks fantastic!


those are cool! i hope we can see other colors in the future.
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#8
Re: Carbon Fiber VB Game Cases
Posted on: 10/13 14:41
VUE(xpert)
Joined 2014/6/4
USA
309 Posts
Long Time User (3 Years)10+ Game Ratings
Wow those blue ones are fantastic looking! I love the clear look. It brings me back to the old days where Nintendo made almost everything translucent.
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#9
Re: Carbon Fiber VB Game Cases
Posted on: 10/13 20:35
Virtual Freak
Joined 2014/5/16
USA
65 Posts
Long Time User (3 Years)
Wow. Those are awesome! My FlashBoy+ is begging to be transplanted into one of these!
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#10
Re: Carbon Fiber VB Game Cases
Posted on: 10/13 21:26
Nintendoid!
Joined 2007/11/10
Austria
129 Posts
Long Time User (10 Years)
Really love that clear transparent one!
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