Open-Source Laser cut and 3D Printed Frame

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    Hey guys,

    I’m building a generic arcade project box that anyone can modify and start their RetroPi builds from. There aren’t many ways to build an arcade project box without a wood shop, so everything was designed to not need one. The panels are laser cut and mounting brackets and corners 3D printed.

    My goal is to make easy to reproduce arcade frame blueprints. Everything out there requires cutting tools and a place to make a mess. This combination of laser cut and 3D printed components allows one to replicate what they can and outsource the rest. In addition, since it’s digital we can edit or improve the original plans as we go. All that’s hopefully needed to replicate one is a screwdriver.

    It’s still early in the design process but I figured I’d learn something from you guys or this could be helpful for someone else. The costs of reproducing it yourself so far are roughly $60 ($20 corners, $35 frame, and $5 fasteners).

    14.5 x 9.75 x 3.375-inch (external)
    14 x 9.25 x 2.75-inch (internal)

    Here’s the CAD file you can edit and use yourself right now:

    WIP build photos:

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    The structure of the box is made from these laser cut and bonded wood corners which can be used for any box shaped construction. The 2D corner blueprint to make your own rectangular structures are here:

    The corners use brass inserts for strength that I purchase from heere.
    #10-32 threaded inserts (corner blueprints above use inserts for drill size 9/32”)

    Or, have 8 corners made for you and make your own sized box:

    I’ll be finishing up this project box over the next few days but would love to hear any feedback to guide the rest of the design. I do a lot of digital design so feel free to PM me if you have specific questions. If you need some parts I can group together with this order and get some group discounts.



    Oh man, the cuddleburito. I have a laser cut project of my own waiting on a few parts. Your website was an inspiration when I was researching designs. I hope to be able to post picks of mine soon, I handled the corners in what I feel is a unique way so that there are minimal screws and they are rounded.



    @redhalo I’m looking forward to it! I’ve spent so much time minimizing screw count. I love seeing how different people solve the same problem. So many ways to make a box 🙂



    Everything has been updated and new versions uploaded here:

    I’ve put links to all suppliers for fasteners and hardware too.

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