Posts Tagged control panel

Cutting a Large Radius

I just finished a job building a few control panels for a customer.  In the design phase he wanted a large radius along the front of the panel.  I drew the panel up in AutoCAD and the result was exactly what he wanted.

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The Control Panel Template

In order to determine where all of the controls go, I can look around online and check what everyone else did.  That’s great and all, but I want to make sure it feels right before i start cutting into my $50 sheets of plywood.

I know that each player will have a joystick and 6 buttons.  You need the 6 buttons if you ever plan on playing the fighting games.  I was never good at them back in the 90’s, but I guess I can at least be bad at them for free now.
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Covering a mistake

When routing the plexiglass on the machine i got a little carried away.  I had forgotten that I had drilled out the area on the backside of the power switch hole.  That led to this:

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I-PAC Programming

Here’s my set of screens from WinIPAC.  It’s a wonderful program that’s given away free from Ultimarc.  It makes programming the I-PAC extremely simple.  Everything is drag and drop.  Select the button you want to program and then hit the appropriate key on the keyboard.

No need to put the trackball, trackball buttons or spinners on here since they’re all connected via usb to the computer and don’t need mapping done.

Key Assignments:
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Joystick Mounting with Inserts

As I had posted once before, I was going to use inserts when installing the joysticks instead of just using wood screws.  This works extremely well when screws may be removed, and tightened several times.  Without an insert, it’s possible that you’ll strip out the wood, leaving a hole that needs to be filled.  Another reason is the thing wood that we have to work with on a control panel.  Typically you’ll only have 3/4″ or less to insert a screw in the control panel.  This doesn’t give much thread engagement with typical wood screws. With the insert you can tighten the screw as much as you like, within reason, without worry of stripping.

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Building the Power Switch

Now that I’ve got the plans all laid out for wiring up the switch, it’s time to get my hands dirty and actually do it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Easy and Cheap Joystick Mounting

It’s nice to have an easy solution for mounting screws to wood, especially if you are using MDF.  Regular screw can make a mess of MDF if over tightened.  Your best bet is to use threaded inserts which are embedded into the wood.  I had seen Ultimarc.com offering mounting kits for joysticks.  Threaded inserts, screws, washers and lock washers.  For $8 + shipping!!! Read the rest of this entry »

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