Not-pinball project

Well, stuff has been happening this weekend. I forced myself to work on the not-pinball project, even though other things demanded my attention. I worked on the wood-side of the project, which is my least favorite part of making a not-pinball machine (or pinball machine). I try to keep a neat tech-like office, so I like there to be MOSFETs and caps, PCBs, lab power supplies and programming. I do not care for burned wood smell, wood dust etc. No matter, it went fine, and I can now proceed to the next step. I will need to redo the playfield artwork, since I have changed placement of playfield items since the ‘whitewood’.

Stay Tuned!

/N

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I have almost finished the artwork for the playfield-side of the game. Simple and colorful is the goal. I consider this almost done, but I may add more wording etc. There are only few references to where posts etc. is going to be. I expect to get a test print made within the next couple of days.

I expect to be done with the ‘hard’ work before the end of August – leaving the video side and code. Which is more stable and quiet work.

/Nicholas

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I have started to work on the playfield artwork. It should be noted that I am not good at artwork by any stretch of the imagination. But in the end, the main point is just to have some colors thrown down on the playfield, right? At least I won’t have to think about inserts etc. (since this is not a pinball machine)

I might be able to show a small part soon!

/Nicholas

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This drop target bank was just donated to one of my many on-life-support pinball projects. Thanks to the legendary Fonzy from www.fonzy.dk

As I have stated many times, I hate leaf switches with a passion. Thus, I have dug out some microswitches and I will attempt to modify the drop target bank with them. This should make a good prototype for the possible implementation of drop targets to a pinball machine.

/Nicholas

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First look at the driver I/O board for projects like pinball and mechanical games. It works like Master Blaster from Mad Max. You connect your controller, either by piggybacking or by dupont leads. The controller is the Master, the AVON is the Blaster.

If you choose piggybacking, this board is designed to use the Ultimarc U-HID, which will fit the two sockets.

What does the board do:

  • General board, will drive coils, lamps etc.
  • Voltages from 5-50V.
  • 19 MOSFET outputs (up to 20A per channel)
  • 27 inputs (only for piggybacking, otherwise redundant)
  • LED for each channel to see if the controller is outputting signal.
  • Back-voltage protection*
  • Pull-down for floating pins on the controller
  • Only 3.96mm (0.156″) connectors
    *Protection is never 100%!

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/Nicholas

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