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Colored Molded Cases
Posted on: 11/20 3:07
VUE(xpert)
Joined 2016/12/15
USA
337 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
Got quotes for molds for cases and theyíre priced just about right.

Hereís the dilemma. Iíd like cases available for VB carts in general. HyperFlash32 has notches for USB and an SD card. Itís also looking like HyperFlash32 will be slightly longer than the standard cart, meaning its housing is longer. So no sharing of molded cases designs. I may not even go molded on HyperFlash32 if a new idea Iím working on pans out.

Would people use colored cases for existing carts and reproductions? Thinking about red, black, and possibly semi transparent clear. All ABS.

Thoughts?
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#2
Re: Colored Molded Cases
Posted on: 11/20 6:10
PVB Elite
Joined 2011/3/10
USA
917 Posts
Top10 PosterLong Time User (8 Years) 30+ Game Ratings
I would swap out a few of my 1-off carts for new cases if the quality and price were right.
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#3
Re: Colored Molded Cases
Posted on: 11/20 18:16
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Joined 2016/12/15
USA
337 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
First mold ordered. Testing the top cover first. If all goes well then Iíll order the bottom. Iíve wanted to get parts injection molded on a lot of projects. This will be a great test case to go through the process.
Edited by mellott124 on 2019/11/20 21:49
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#4
Re: Colored Molded Cases
Posted on: 11/20 21:04
VB Gamer
Joined 10/13
29 Posts
Definitely personal preference. For something like the flash carts and homebrews, different colored molded cases sound awesome. But for a repro of something I personally prefer the original casing, but thatís just me. Like Lester Knight said if the pricing and stability were great, then Iíd love to see some repros/homebrews in some unique cases.
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#5
Re: Colored Molded Cases
Posted on: 11/23 15:10
VB Gamer
Joined 7/21
Sweden
35 Posts
I'd also be interested for homebrew and flash carts.
Thanks for keeping us updated!
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#6
Re: Colored Molded Cases
Posted on: 11/27 0:42
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Joined 2016/12/15
USA
337 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
Decided my new injection molded cases will need a new PCB to go with them. :-)

32Mbit Flash and 8kx8 nvSRAM with an option of 32kx8 nvSRAM as well.

Also ordered red ABS pellets to test with the new molds, in addition to black.

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#7
Re: Colored Molded Cases
Posted on: 12/11 17:25
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Joined 2016/12/15
USA
337 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
Case mold machining has started!

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#8
Re: Colored Molded Cases
Posted on: 12/12 3:30
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Joined 2016/12/15
USA
337 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
Think I found a way to get connectors made as well. Even found pins that will work. Issue is how to stuff 60 pins into a connector housing. Anyone want to volunteer? LOL. This kind of thing really needs to be machine automated and that costs money.

Also the math for new cases and connectors is coming out to about $35 to break even. Thatís what the cost of a donor would need to rise to to make it worth making new cases and connectors for VB carts. Thatís at VB like volumes. It easy to compare to higher volumes of other systems but VB doesnít have those kinds of volumes. This is assuming a thousand connectors, which would supply enough VB carts for about 3 to 4 years.

With that all being said Iíll probably build one or two to show it can be done.
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#9
Re: Colored Molded Cases
Posted on: 12/12 4:24
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Joined 12/5
USA
5 Posts
very nice work !
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#10
Re: Colored Molded Cases
Posted on: 12/12 8:28
PVB Elite
Joined 2013/6/17
Canada
1176 Posts
Top10 Poster10+ Game RatingsLong Time User (6 Years)
Connectors....sweet sweet connectors!
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