Flash Cart Shells

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mixiekins
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Flash Cart Shells

Postby mixiekins » December 4th, 2018, 04:58

Heya, guys!
I'm super excited for the new version of the Flash Cards and am designing a case to hold the console and carts; I want to have a separate cart for Breeder and development, so my husband whipped up a couple of prototypes for custom shells, that way we won't have to cannibalize any OEM carts' shells. :D

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He took measurements last night of all the critical dimensions of the model MIN-002 for this initial draft as a test fit, and I'm happy to say that it fits perfectly and even engages the lock latch!

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The inside is solid for now because we need a 3D model of the new board (hopefully in .STEP or .IGES, though we can make do with good head-on photos of the top/back/side with a ruler for scale), or we'll sit tight and wait for a physical copy. :D

Anyway, the idea with this prototype was to have a live hinge on the crown so it could be cast in one piece, then folded over with the card sandwiched inside. There aren't any spaces for the screws, nor the data cable, as of yet.

Neat stuff we found:

We discovered that the plastic shelf on the MIN-002 wasn't actually necessary; we suspect it was primarily meant to give a flat space for the label, and/or covering the pins because this was likely marketed at a demographic younger than that of the gameboy. Kid grime, amirite?
That said, we're trying a design which exposes the contacts, just like the DS family of carts does, which is extra appealing because it allows ease of access for cleaning said contacts.
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The MIN-002 carts have a surprisingly complex interlocking structure that that is prohibitive for casting in the small homebrew quantities we're doing, albeit incredibly clever. :) We also suspect that, while being manufactured in Japan, the design may have been developed in Redmond because all of the critical measurements are in imperial rather than metric. :shock:

What's next:

Tonight he's developing a version that is made in two parts to test that out:
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scyther
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Re: Flash Cart Shells

Postby scyther » December 4th, 2018, 15:41

Really cool, and great to no kill all the party mini carts :D

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RazorLeafAttack
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Re: Flash Cart Shells

Postby RazorLeafAttack » December 4th, 2018, 18:45

Wow, this is great work. I will just say that the flash cart will hopefully be shipping with label stickers the same dimensions as the standard ones, which would most likely not work with your custom design. Would you consider doing a curved bottom design as well?

I'm really excited as it shouldn't be long before Zoranc can reveal the stickers, branding etc...

When you talk about the hinge, do you mean at the very top of the cartridge? I can see potential issues if it's in the center as I believe that's where the flasher plug will be (for those that want to make a hole for easy access to quickly re-flash).

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mixiekins
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Re: Flash Cart Shells

Postby mixiekins » December 5th, 2018, 10:14

RazorLeafAttack wrote:...the flash cart will hopefully be shipping with label stickers...


Oh, good to know! We'll see what we can do, but worst case secnario we can put a recessed pocket in the backs that'll fit the stickers. The current iteration has holes for screws on the back, and I just measured it and found that there's juuuuuust enough space for it there without interfering with the holes.

RazorLeafAttack wrote:...about the hinge, do you mean at the very top of the cartridge?...

Yup, good point! We're ditching the live hinge and trying a two-piece with screws, though we've thought about doing clips so it'll snap together, but it might prove too troublesome to cast, so screws look like the way to go.


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