The SHNYAPS 64 Complete

Posted: 07/07/2017 in Uncategorized

Hey guys,

So the first of two commissions that I’ve been working on is now complete. It was a process to find the time to work on it but it’s finally done and will soon be ready to ship overseas. I’m very happy with how these have been turning out in the end, especially now that I have the ability to turn out HD case work with the Form 2.

Again these are very basic portable systems as far as modern standards go, but are still packed with very modern components aside from the actual mother board. I hope the reliability I’ve tried to build in stands true for many years after the buyer get’s the system, but as it stands now, the system is solid and I’m happy with the end result!

I’ll have more updates soon when the next commission is complete which shouldn’t be too long as all that’s left is a bit of troubleshooting with a bit of the wiring, but keep an eye out for another completion video when the time comes!

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!