Project Updates

Posted: 05/21/2017 in Current Project

What seems like very slow progress on the two commissions I’ve been working on for about a month now really isn’t the case. Considering the fact that everything I would normally do to make one of these portables now has to be down twice, I’m pretty happy with where I’m standing. What I’ve noticed though is when you’re working on two projects at once there is a remarkable amount of time saved when it comes to set-up and production. Running parts in batches rather then 1 at a time also speeds up the process.

Anyway, this is just a quick update to show the progress on both systems. Case work is complete and all parts are mounted in both and are now just waiting to be wired which is something I can pick away at daily whereas casework had to be done mostly on the weekends due to the noise and smells associated with it…(I’d either wake the kids with the sander or fume up the whole house with the paints and bondo if I couldn’t do that work outside).

So I’ll hopefully be posting more updates in the near future and get this shipped off hopefully within the next 4 weeks or so!

 

Yeah, so I thought with my insanely busy life it would be a good idea to not only have one portable project in the works, but add another into the mix! That said, I’m now currently working on two portable N64’s at the same time, which has it’s benefits in terms of set-up time and being able to work on things in batches but again is a whole new project. This one is being done for someone state side though and on the east coast, so it’s good to have a local project in the works again.

Essentially this is going to be identical to the one I’m working on now, very basic and single player only system but a nice metallic blue finish which is why I went with the white PLA this time for the main portion of the casing.

Not much new to report on this one though so really this is just and FYI but I’m looking forward to seeing how everything lays out! More to come shortly!

Today I took on a new N64p commission for a fellow located in Belarus. Admittedly I had to look it up, but I found it’s sandwiched between the Ukraine and Lithuanian and is a first as far as geographic regions go. But I’m looking forward to this one as it goes back to a simpler version of the the N64p, but adds the benefits of the Form 2 printer for the finer details.

So this is a more basic system which does not include a breakout box which means this will be a strictly portable, single player system. It will include an expansion pak and built in memory card, but will be a much easier build on the whole not having to worry about the those additional features.

All the rough 3D printed parts are done, so the case work can begin as soon as I have a few free minutes. All the parts that I didn’t have in house have been ordered so this one is in full motion! There probably is not going to be a big build log with this one as its all been seen, but there will be a few posts about the new features and techniques that have been used on it so there will be a few updates down the road.

I would like to thank Max and his video though, as this project was a direct result of it! Anyway, more to come in the next few weeks and we’ll see what kind of issues pop up with this one! hehe

So a little over a week ago, I was fortunate enough to receive probably the greatest testimonial for a project that could ever be received! My latest project “The Mithzan 64” was received by my customer Max, and the video that he did and posted to his channel left me speechless! It’s also received more views in a little over a week than most of my videos get in…well…ever.

So I want to thank Max for being an amazing customer not only during the process of building this (which was somewhat of a nightmare in many respects) but also for showing the love after the fact and pushing both my channel and blog to new heights with his comments and video!

Thank You Max!

It’s been nearly 5 months since this project began, but finally my next generation portable Nintendo 64 has been completed and is ready to ship to my customer! That said, this project is a very special one for many reasons, but mainly for who this was built for. Max Mithzan is a Social Media personality and his presence is well felt in the gaming arenas like Minecraft and several others. He’s been a very cool guy to work with and very understanding as events in my personal life have drastically affected the time I’ve had to work on projects like this.

It’s also been the first project I’ve used my new Form Labs Form 2 SLA 3D Printer which has given me capabilities I never imagined I’d have.

Yes, it was a huge learning curve and my first attempt yielded many failures I will not repeat with future builds, but even then this has become the best system I’ve built to date.

I know the video above isn’t as descriptive as my video’s normally are as far as the technical side of the build, but in this case I really just wanted to show off the unit itself. I’m feeling pretty good about this one and am excited to see what Max has to say about it when it get’s to him next week!

But here are a few pics of the process as it went. I didn’t have the time I normally do to make a build log with full details, but I did take some pics of the case work.

The precision SLA provided made me think of case design in a whole new light. But its limitations soon made themselves apparent.

 

But the detail I was able to achieve is far beyond what I could have hoped for.

 

Combined with FDM 3D printing for the large front and back plates as well as the cart cover, I was able to make a very highly detailed and structural enclosure for this system.

 

It still required a lot of filling, sanding and priming to make it look like a single piece, so the time saving was marginal at best, but again, the detail was far above the standard.

Primed with the C-Button Decal

Painted and ready for the next step

But once the SLA decals were in place, it became clear how much of an asset this printer was going to be.

 

Things really got driven home though when the custom 3D printed buttons and D-Pad were put into the mix and functionality met with aesthetics on a new level for me.

and the Mithzan 64 was born!

So I hope you enjoy this video as it’s defiantly been a landmark project for me and it’ll be interesting in the next few weeks to see where this will go after he gets it! I love it so much I hate to see it ship out, but I’ll be just as happy to see it in its new owner’s hands!

 

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Rhea Grace Downing, 3-3-2017, 6Lbs 14oz, 19″ Long

So Friday was a hellofaday as my wife and I welcomed our second child into this world, little baby Rhea! (Ray-Ah) Yes, I’d known she was on the way for quite some time now, but you’re never prepared for the phone call that today is that day. I went into work early on Friday, March 3rd around 6:45 AM to help with a big job and at 8:10 the call came that it was time to go to the hospital and as it turned out, it wasn’t a moment too soon. We arrived at the hospital (which is an hour away from where we live) and were officially admitted at 10:07 AM. At 10:41 AM she was in my wife’s arms on the bed….a window of 31 minutes. I mean god damn…this baby girl wasn’t fuckin’ around.

All things considered, this was as good as anyone could have hoped for and we are again blessed with another beautiful and healthy baby which makes all these hobby creations seem the pale in comparison.

That said…yes, what’s going on with the projects? Well for the last several months now I’ve been working on an N64p commission which is finally finishing up. This took way longer and had more problems than any other I’ve done to date because I tried utilizing my new Form 2 to test it’s limits. I’ll never again do a 3D printed portable the way I did this one, but the learning curve was worth it and once this project is closed up and completed, it’ll still be one of my finer works and for good reason.

But more on that when it comes time and on the subject of time…suddenly now I’m realizing I’m going to have next to none with two kids and a full time job. Simply put, once these couple of projects finish up, I’m not going to have the time to do any full-blown, from-the-ground-up portables anymore…not that I’ve done anything new in quite some time anyway. But I’ll be changing the commissions page a bit to gear toward the N64 almost exclusively as I’ve got pretty much everything already down to turn them around fairly quickly now which for awhile will be the only thing I have time to really work with.

So yes, I’ve got a couple fun projects that will be released soon and hopefully another started before the end of the month. Lotsa work to do between then but at least I can say I’m not bored!