Flat-Pack Arcade Cabinet SchematicsSeptember 9, 2022
For my self-directed capstone project at OCADU, I designed & developed a custom arcade cabinet, which can be built from two 48in x 96in and one 30in x 60in sheets of ½-inch material.
I’m releasing these under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) Licence. You’re free to use, edit and remix them for non-commercial purposes, provided you give credit. If you have any questions, or are interested in commercial use, send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Even if it’s not commercial, email me. I’d love to see what you’re working on.
- Vector files for use with a CNC machine (cabinet frame, the control housing, an acrylic matte for the monitor)
- Fusion 360 Files, to make edits to the design
- The final machine measures 33in/84cm wide, 28in/71cm deep and 67in/170cm tall. That is probably bigger than you are imagining. It was for me.
- The folder contains versions of the files at for ply at 0.5 and 0.47in thick. I originally designed for 0.5, but measure the actual material I had was closer to 0.47. It’s worth doing the same and adjusting the constant in the dwg file to your size.
- On my project, I used baltic birch plywood, for it’s combination of lightness and strength. However, it did experience some warping after being cut. This slight warping meant assembly was a heavy job, involving a rubber mallet, wood glue and standing on the box to hold it in place. Doable, but 2 people worked up a sweat.
- I worked with the staff at my CNC shop to add small tabs to keep the shapes attached to the board during cutting, which then had to be sawed free and sanded off. Ask your CNC shop if they can/should do the same.
- If you plan to use these, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the whole process. This video was immensely helpful for me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VZU_Jpyyc5M