a little background. i make boxes from wood and mdf, but this one shot box i had made for my brothers birthday from some industrial plastics place in town.
i designed it pretty big for his hand size and for how i wanted everything mounted.
the acrylic is 1/4" all around and top. the only pieces that are 1/8" are the top plexi and the bottom plexi.
the original image is actually nothing more than a tiny spot with the wording and the chains were not as long. i had to properly crop out the main image, recreate the lettering, glow, expand the chains, and recreate the background. i think i could only have done better if i had actually drawn the image myself.
the buttons on the left do not interfere with gameplay at all. there is no mounting plate, instead i choose to mount the actually casing inside without the metal mounting plate. it’s a jlf but i had cut the holes for an LS32 so until i get some plastic welding glue it’s attached with super strong double sided tape i literally have to hit it with a mallet a few times to get it to detach from the case.
the NAUSB port in the back is to close to the buttons. poor planning on my part. so i had to make a custom usb a connector that is about 1/4" in length from a piece of breadboard. no pics of it sorry, i’ll post it if someone wants.
overall i’m kind of satisfied with the box. it’s sturdy and heavy but the people that i had make it for me really rushed it. the dimensions are way off from what i wanted, including radius on the corners. the cpanel (not the art cover) does not line up with the box properly. can’t be fixed because it’s plastic welded together. this was really a test for them since i had planned on getting my other designs mass produced for affordable blank boxes. needless to say i won’t be going back to them.
the bottom is attached with brass inserts.
after testing with a few scraps of poly carb and acrylic at home, i was able to produce a mini version of this box using coffee cans hot glued to a table as the form. heated the acrylic and bent it around the cans. put a cover on the form and ran it with a trim bit. 20 minutes and i had something that was 200% times better than this.
my brother was glad but im not. i might just redo it from scratch myself.
artwork is printed on vinyl.
this was a one shot design for my brothers birthday that i will not reproduce in these dimensions. besides, the one i wanted to mass produce is way slicker