Art's Hobbies - DIY Acrylic Cases.

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  • rtdzignrtdzign Joined: Posts: 5,176
    Definitely Want.

    LS-32-01?
  • kikimaru024kikimaru024 Mid-tier scrub Joined: Posts: 1,693
    Never thought I'd find a case to replace my VSHG, and yet here I am, saving my pennies :pray:
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  • ESCOBENESCOBEN Would you kindry? Joined: Posts: 1,042
    just when i think im done, you pull me right back in dont you? lol
    Mixup, Mixup, Mixup, Mixup...forget this I'm just gonna MASH jab!
  • SystemSystem Joined: Posts: 508,676 admin
    Do you have any with 8 buttons instead of 6?
  • GalacticPhantomGalacticPhantom Joined: Posts: 263
    Magnificent work Art.
    Definitely Want. LS-32-01?

    Quote for emphasis.
  • Thabounce33Thabounce33 Get down or Lay down Joined: Posts: 352
    W.O.W! Good stuff!
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  • YoshiokaYoshioka Arc Staff Member Joined: Posts: 81
    I think I just soiled myself.
  • LostcaseLostcase Capoeirista Joined: Posts: 447
    I vowed that after Voltech's case, no more cases for a while, damn you art, damn your genius to hell. This looks sick! Excellent work!!
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  • ewicewic Joined: Posts: 180
    I told myself i wouldn't be one of those guys with so many sticks.

    Why are you doing this to me??
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  • ShiyoShiyo NICE BOAT Joined: Posts: 96
    I was just thinking about buying a custom case and after looking at this I think I already decided.
  • lockonlockon nice desu Joined: Posts: 224
    :hitit:

    amazing work as always!!!
  • ESCOBENESCOBEN Would you kindry? Joined: Posts: 1,042
    I told myself i wouldn't be one of those guys with so many sticks.

    Why are you doing this to me??

    lol you and me both, i said id never own more then one stick. now i have to find a places to hide them all to not look like a hypocrite lol
    Mixup, Mixup, Mixup, Mixup...forget this I'm just gonna MASH jab!
  • OpheRealOpheReal Cuddie. Joined: Posts: 41
    Jesus Christ, these are pure amazement. Definiately getting one!
  • spenzaliispenzalii Joined: Posts: 2,017
    Yep. I want one. Don't need one, but I WANT one. Sign me up...
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  • SystemSystem Joined: Posts: 508,676 admin
    Incredible! Very nice design work! Did you get these laser cut or did you do all of the cutting yourself. Laser cutting I could see but otherwise it would be an horrendous job... WOW!
  • some_asiansome_asian Sleepy Joined: Posts: 212
    These look pretty sweet, 2 questions though

    1. Will there be anyway to increase the weight of the sticks? At almost 4 pounds I'm worried these sticks might slip n slide while playing on my lap.

    2. Will we be able to make custom "Side Decors"?
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  • ed1371ed1371 Yogahh Joined: Posts: 1,525
    will definitely get one... maybe 2!
    why crimp when you can solder??

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  • TenshoTensho Joined: Posts: 2,866
    WOW that's freaking sweet!
  • 8ighty6ix8ighty6ix Joined: Posts: 101
    Amazing work Art!

    I think I know what I'm building my brothers for their 21st birthday.
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  • ESCOBENESCOBEN Would you kindry? Joined: Posts: 1,042
    any way there will be a cable compartment made? thats what i loved about the TE, i always hate when people borrow my back up TE and just wrap the cable around the stick.
    Mixup, Mixup, Mixup, Mixup...forget this I'm just gonna MASH jab!
  • TheWooWooKidTheWooWooKid Joined: Posts: 232
    please make a hole for home/guide standard
  • cue16cue16 Impulse Buyer Joined: Posts: 683
    This is bananas.
  • masturfadermasturfader Fr:Russia with glove Joined: Posts: 1,425
    These are cool!
  • deadfrogdeadfrog Joined: Joined: Posts: 6,787
    WHy are you always so pimps dude
  • SystemSystem Joined: Posts: 508,676 admin
    They are really nice and clean, sexy looking.

    Do they come with lens cloth? man my hands get hot when i use Bison :D
  • butterojbutteroj You Are Luminous Joined: Posts: 1,578
    Do want!

     

  • Ragnorok64Ragnorok64 My muscles have no memory. Joined: Posts: 4,947
    I think I'm definitely getting one of these. I also echo the desire for LS-32 support though.
  • pootnanniespootnannies mr. negative Joined: Posts: 3,134
    fucking amazing... i'm definitely getting one once they're available!


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  • brighennebrighenne Joined: Posts: 799
    I also echo the desire for LS-32 support though.

    Agreed. I will get one of these if I can put an ls-32 in it.

  • EVAWINGZEROEVAWINGZERO Slacktivismist Extraordinaire Joined: Posts: 2,229
    DEFINITELY getting one of these day one.
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  • ViciousXUSMCViciousXUSMC Joined: Posts: 165
    Also looking for LS-32 support (hopefully with a nice acrylic mount just like the JLF)

    May need to add weight but can probably do that myself with a metal plate on the bottom, cover it with artwork as the picture where you had art on the bottom was nice looking.

    Maybe thicker top/bottom pieces optional (for a cost) to reduce flex if there is any or add weight.

    Would like to maybe see a hinge system optional so that the top can open up to allow for easy access to the inside, lots of reasons for this most common maybe to change stick from 8 to 4 way mode. Maybe mount PCB to the back wall and hinge the bottom instead so that there are no wires being moved.
  • sswizzbbeatsssswizzbbeatss Joined: Posts: 687
    oh man. Whos not gonna get one
  • SystemSystem Joined: Posts: 508,676 admin
    Looks great, might look into getting one.
  • shichishichi srk fadc sleep Joined: Posts: 131
    Do you have any with 8 buttons instead of 6?

    He has top plexi with various button layouts so I'm sure he'll offer the option to select what you want.
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  • SNK FanSNK Fan Joined: Posts: 396
    Good lord those are great looking cases.

    Hell, I'd pay for a custom made stick with one of those cases.
  • tinytop69tinytop69 Joined: Posts: 75
    amazing work art, i love how you can just tack on pieces of plexi to make it look completley original.

    very impressed, may have to snag one of these when they are released =]
  • toshinutoshinu Flashy Fool w/ LEDs Joined: Posts: 243
    omg! i am so down to get a couple of these cases and super mod them with LEDs!!! oh man the possibilities are now endless indeed!
  • luepacluepac Joined: Posts: 43
    so beautiful...
    *drools
  • onganjuonganju Joined: Posts: 62
    Now that's fekkin sexy! Put me down as another person who's interested. I'm definitely subscribing to this topic to see what comes next.
  • arthongarthong Art's Hobbies - Plexi Dude Joined: Posts: 800
    Thank you Everyone! I greatly appreciate the kind words and your support always makes the efforts worthwhile. I'm glad these have met your approval =).

    Was in and out for the day (had to get some rest from lack of sleep getting pics and placing this post), and I come back with so many comments. I will try to address all the questions and as much as I can. I apologize to those I do not personally address, but believe me that all your comments are heart warmingly felt.

    Wow, these look AMAZING. I can tell you've put a lot of thought into the design and function of these cases. I'll def be keeping an eye on this thread and the flatpack will hopefully mean international shipping isn't too bad.

    Thanks man. The flat pack will meant that I can fit more into a box, but 3lbs overseas is still likely to start off at $30+. However, I can fit a few of these in a Flat Rate for $42 to pretty much any country, so perhaps combining with others may work out better?
    Good stuff Art Hong, I'm glad that the contributions have help made it possible for you to make something amazing like this. :D

    Couldn't have done it without this community =)
    Art, you have outdone yourself again. This is insane. Good stuff.

    Thanks, Markman! A visit from you is a great indicator that I'm going in the right direction =)
    Took the words right out of my mouth. I assume these are quite sturdy?

    Definitely. Just to drive the point I actually stood my entire 155lb weight on one of these. Although I need to take the feets off so the weight was evenly distributed and supported, but it took my weight pretty well. The Border/support structure was designed with sturdiness in mind. I should take a pic of that some time, lol
    Seriously. The modular scheme you came up with is genius! Bravo, sir!
    -ud

    Thanks! A lot of heart and thought went into it =)
    Holy crap...

    I assume the parts are Japanese only?

    Once I finish my current project and decide what parts I want to stick with if I choose Jap parts I will be buying one for certain.

    As an aside, I hope your still planning to do the laminate prints for SEs and such. Got some people asking me for a source because I hate dealing with that.

    While this first version is designed for JLF/LS-32, I do have plans for a HAPP version if these case runs do well. It will have to be a larger design so it's gonna be some time on the drawing board first.

    As for SE Lamination, I'm still working on it. The guy I've been talking to about procuring Lamination stock is being a moron. I've told him hundreds of times I need laminate and mounting (adhesive) material that is not vinyl based because laser cutting that stuff is toxic. However, him and/or the vendors he's talking with are being airheads about it. They sent me samples claiming they are all vinyl free. Well good thing i double checked and googled the material they sent me cuz they were indeed vinyl based and I could've damaged my machinery as well as hurt myself had I cut those samples. Needless to say I wasn't very happy with them. So I'm currently still looking. Sorry for the wait.
    My other half has a question but he's not on here so I'll ask for him.

    Are you able to get UV reactive acrylic? (Most Acrylics are UV reactive anyway but some do it better than others so you might be surprised that some of yours might XD)

    I'd also put out a little care leaflet with it since acrylic (You probably know this because you're working with it) can get sundamaged so a little note to keep it out of the light. You know it'll probably happen where someone'll buy it, leave it out then bitch at you for it.

    I will definitely be buying one of these from you, they're gorgeous!

    Thanks, I will double check the UV reaction ratings for the acrylic I carry and for future stock. However, Acrylic does not yellow over time. It's polycarbonates that do that =)
    Friggin Incredible Dude!!! Jaw is on the floor!
    I can imagine the amount of excess acrylic you must have lying around. You might want to invest in a acrylic melter/molder.

    Few Questions:

    How's the durability in these cases?

    Say you have children who like to touch stuff when daddy isn't around and they drop it from like 3 ft height, will these things take a beating and keep on ticking?

    What about scratch resistance and longevity in terms of long hours of play and pounding on the buttons, etc?

    Finally, how do they hold up with weather conditions? Places like the south where it is warmer for the most part of the year and other areas where it gets ridiculously cold? Will they react well under these conditions or will they be in danger of cracking and stuff due to these conditions?

    Lol, you know... an acrylic recyling unit of some sort isn't a bad idea. I'd have to look into that. But yeah... uh... garage full of extra acrylic.

    Durability is quite good when everything's put together. As I mentioned above, I can stand on one of these things. However, I will leave the testers to chime in on that when they get their cases =). But vs kids? Eh... what is truly kid proof? I can tell you that dropping it 3 ft to a carpet floor has not damaged my case. But dropping it on a hard floor... yeah, damage is likely unavoidable. It can take a fair amount of beating, imo... but these cases should not be considered something to throw around. But that's where the ease of replacing a part comes in.

    As far as longevity, the top panel is the same concept and thickness as my plexi replacement panels. And I'm still using my Venom replacement panel since I came up with the product. Given that I've lent that stick to my friend's gf on many occasions and it's still handling quite nicely... really does say something lol. But once you build the stick altogether you will feel just how durable it is. Again, I'll let others attest to that.

    As for weather conditions, the 1/8" thickness is a lot more resistant to warping than the 1/16" material.. obviously. But I will still say to try and keep it in average room temperature whenever possible. Like many plastics, they will be affected when exposed to heat for too long. But short of putting these things in an oven, I don't really have the weather environment to fully test all the possible effects.

    Regardless, acrylic products should always be handled with more care. They can't be compared to it's wooden or metal counterparts.
    WOW! I've tried making an all plexi case and have come up with only a decent outcome.These cases take the cake!!! I can just imagine the work that was put into it. Very impressive, i may be lining up to purchase one of these...

    Heh, the amount of work put into it... eh, lets say it's been a non-stop thought in my head for the past 10 months, lol.


    Amazing Art, I can't say anything else about those. Well it seems like you have solved the what stick should i buy next problem. It just seems though you always find a way into my wallet lol. Do you think there is going to be any love for the LS-32-01?
    Definitely Want.

    LS-32-01?
    Magnificent work Art.

    Quote for emphasis.
    I think I'm definitely getting one of these. I also echo the desire for LS-32 support though.
    Agreed. I will get one of these if I can put an ls-32 in it.
    Also looking for LS-32 support (hopefully with a nice acrylic mount just like the JLF)

    The screw hole positioning for the JLF mount actually fits a LS-32 metal mounting plate. It takes a little more effort for alignment because of the way the corner screw areas are made. I have some pictures of my LS-32 on a panel.

    http://www.tek-innovations.com/arthobbies/images/show/ls32-1.jpg
    http://www.tek-innovations.com/arthobbies/images/show/ls32-2.jpg
    http://www.tek-innovations.com/arthobbies/images/show/ls32-3.jpg

    As for plexi mounts for the LS-32, I'll have to look into it. I would need to know the screw size and threading on the LS-32 to provide the right screws for the plexi since I won't be counter sinking the mount.

    As for the LS-32-01, I will look into it.
    I will buy one. May you make universal mounting plates so I can put in Seimitsu, IL, and Korean sticks if I want?

    Universal Mounting plate... I will have to look into that.
    I wonder who the Testers are. :wink:
    Are they cute? :blush:
    Laugh.
    Yeah, I wonder who the testers are. :P

    LOL. I doubt you guys know them ;)
    Art you are the man! After I made my first order with you and been playing with my fightstick I was thinking what could be the next step....well you definitely helped me find that step.

    It really sucks that we have to wait until august, but you make such high quality products its totally worth the wait.

    Gives us all time to think what kind of colors we want to use and so forth!

    Lol, thanks man. Sorry to make you guys wait till after EVO. But because I'm going to EVO and Comic Con, amongst other priorities within the next couple months, it's difficult to push these out anytime sooner than that. I'd hate to take someone's money and ask them to wait a month to get their product because I'm not properly setup.
    1. Are the screw holes pre-tapped?
    2. What material are the diamond joints made of?
    3. Are the screw holes prone to stripping due to repeated unscrewing and screwing?
    4. How sturdy is the top panel? That is, does it bow due to the 1/8" thickness?
    5. Have you stress tested the case and check for cracks around the screw holes?

    1) Yes, holes are pre-tapped.
    2) 1/4" Acrylic
    3) In the long run, yes this can be an issue if some care is not taken with repeated screwing. As in, forcing it in too much, using power tools, over screwing, etc. The same precautions I placed on the Plexi Replacement Panels and Top Loaders will be mentioned on these cases. At least with my experience, screwing and unscrewing these cases like mad in all my testing, I haven't encountered stripping yet. But to prepare for that possibility and to provide customers with a peace of mind, I do plan to include an extra one or two more diamond joints per case. Additionally, they are easy to replace if something unfortunate happens to them and you use up the extra ones.
    4) The top panel is essentially the same concept behind the Plexi Replacements for the TE and HRAP. Thus far I have had no reports of issues with this thickness being used as a top panel. Furthermore, one of my testers have suggested to me that he feels the overall construction, when everything is put together, is quite sturdy.
    5) Indeed. This goes back to the same concept as the Plexi Replacement Panels and is in relation to the stress tests I've placed upon those. Of the many that I've sold, I have not received any negative feedback.

    Basically, these cases are the outcome of the positive results from the Plexi Replacement Panels and Top Loaders products =).

    Regardless, You will have initial feedback from my testers in the coming weeks and I'd rather you take their word for it.
    just when i think im done, you pull me right back in dont you? lol

    How can you be done with modding? Never! I will not let you!
    Do you have any with 8 buttons instead of 6?

    These 6 button versions are merely samples. 8 Button version are definitely an option.
    I vowed that after Voltech's case, no more cases for a while, damn you art, damn your genius to hell. This looks sick! Excellent work!!
    I told myself i wouldn't be one of those guys with so many sticks.

    Why are you doing this to me??

    I am a bad person =(
    Incredible! Very nice design work! Did you get these laser cut or did you do all of the cutting yourself. Laser cutting I could see but otherwise it would be an horrendous job... WOW!

    All my products are laser cut by my laser cutter. No way I can do this by hand... I would have a stroke, lol.
    These look pretty sweet, 2 questions though

    1. Will there be anyway to increase the weight of the sticks? At almost 4 pounds I'm worried these sticks might slip n slide while playing on my lap.

    2. Will we be able to make custom "Side Decors"?

    I'm afraid I won't have much of an option to increase the weight. Acrylic is relatively light weight and it would take a lot of acrylic to add an extra pound. Well, I guess I can look at possibly adding more 1/4" acrylic blocks... but it could take up a lot of room in the case, and take away from the look. I will keep it in mind though.

    Custom side Decors are a possibility, but won't be an option for a little while. I'll have to consider if I can set aside time to do that on a custom level, and whether the overall time/cost is worthwhile for people.
    any way there will be a cable compartment made? thats what i loved about the TE, i always hate when people borrow my back up TE and just wrap the cable around the stick.

    Not for this version. I will keep it in mind for future versions.
    please make a hole for home/guide standard

    I'm not exactly sure what the "Standard" is for the home/guide button. But if it's an extra hole for a 24mm or 30mm button placement, there will be options on adding button holes to the sides of the case. For a glimpse on that, the front panel can support up to Two 24mm button holes on either the far right or far left sides. Or, one 30mm on each side. The left and right side panels can support up to 4 24mm button holes, or 3 30mm button holes .
    WHy are you always so pimps dude

    It's in the blood =P
    They are really nice and clean, sexy looking.

    Do they come with lens cloth? man my hands get hot when i use Bison :D

    Heh, sorry they do not come with cloths. But Microfiber cloths are quite cheap at walmart.



    May need to add weight but can probably do that myself with a metal plate on the bottom, cover it with artwork as the picture where you had art on the bottom was nice looking.

    Maybe thicker top/bottom pieces optional (for a cost) to reduce flex if there is any or add weight.

    Would like to maybe see a hinge system optional so that the top can open up to allow for easy access to the inside, lots of reasons for this most common maybe to change stick from 8 to 4 way mode. Maybe mount PCB to the back wall and hinge the bottom instead so that there are no wires being moved.

    With the current design I can't say there is really any noticeable flex. Assuming you mean potential flexing when pushing down on the buttons and applying pressure during play. The design of the borders and mid support plates (Name Plate & PCB Plate) addresses this potential issue. My testers can give you their opinions on that. Either case, I will take into consideration on the thicker top/bottom for potentially adding weight. But probably not for the first release.

    I can understand the Hinge method, but one thing about that is with a hinge there needs to be a locking mechanism. The concept of this case is to be a simple DIY production. To add a locking mechanism may require addition adhesives or other bonding methods which takes away from the simplicity of the build. Nonetheless, I will take your suggestions into consideration and keep an eye out for a good method to apply everything in a future design.
    omg! i am so down to get a couple of these cases and super mod them with LEDs!!! oh man the possibilities are now endless indeed!

    Would love to see what LED designs you can come up with =)
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