Pico8 Console(tm(tm)) part 2

Idea Generation

What is this project about?

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This project is me finishing my Pico8 Console from the last project. I will be doing things like making a case and polishing everything together.

What do you want to get out of this project?

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I hope to make my 3d printing and 3d modeling skills better and to understand how to fit electronics together as best as possible.

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Guiding Question

Turn your idea above into a guiding question.

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What is the best way to encase electronics in a good looking and efficient way.

Production

What will it take for you to complete this project?

Use the table below to set your own timeline for deliverables, keep in mind when your final work product is due at the end of the cycle.

Keep in mind that this project cycle runs six weeks in total, as opposed to the typical four weeks.

Work Product Deliverables

MilestoneDateDone
Have a full case for the controller
April 24, 2021
Have a full case for the screenbox
April 26, 2021
Put all the electronics in and wire it up
April 28, 2021
Final Work Product + Notion Page Due
May 21, 2021
Last Day of Project Cycle
May 28, 2021

Exploration

Use this space to take notes, keep track of your sources, or conversations you have with people about this project.

I've been 3d printing casings for everything in the console and I'm almost done with that part.

We ordered some ethernet ports so that we can just use ethernet cables as the cables

We also got a button working and mapped it to "x"

The ethernet ports are working so I'm modeling a case to hold them in place on the box and the controller

Fully finished modeling all physical parts so all that's left to do is fit the electronics into the main box and assemble the controllers. Here are two images of the base and the controller:

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Here is a link to where my dad and I collectively put our notes together: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GDu1plXDJ1HQlgIbqHneHbGUHUxTVNkivVXFD3R4WKk/edit?usp=sharing

Here is a final image of the controller it took about 5 prints to get everything we wanted right just for the whole thing not including the button prints. It uses two printed circuit boards and an RJ45 plug for the Ethernet cable.

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This is what the inside of the main box looks like, it uses a Raspberry PI B W that plugins in to a display in the front. The W stands for WIFI meaning we can basically airdrop files and games to it. We used the same RJ45 plug and the controller. (there is a back part that isn't shown in the image)

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Reflection

Reflect on this project cycle by answering the questions below.

The act of reflecting allows you to highlight the accomplishments and applications of your project. (questions courtesy of Powderhouse Studios)

Was your project meaningful?

Did this project matter? In what ways did it further your knowledge, force you to grow, or provide something useful?

This project helped me learn how to fit 3d printed parts to parts in real life like electronics.

Was your project ambitious?

Given what you already know, did this project challenge you in meaningful ways?

I already knew how to 3d print things but this print had to be tight and it all had to fit a lot of parts together which was something new for me that I hadn't done before.

Was your project deep?

Did your project engage with powerful ideas or tools? Additionally, did you engage with the material in a deep sense (i.e. did you develop ownership over the ideas or tools)? Can you utilize these skills independently now?

My project wasn't super deep... so no.

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