Category Archives: Carbon Fiber

Fiber reinforced plastics (FRP). Topics and products using plastics reinforced by carbon and other types of fibers.

The Finished Stick

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The stick is finished! A good amount of time was spent sourcing tools and waiting to use the lab or work shop. The final stick sports: Case: ★ Carbon and glass fibre sandwich construction. ★ Exterior is clear coated carbon fibre with 3 red and […]

Button Layout

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I wired the buttons to the PCBs to mirror the MadCatz SF IV sticks: ★Layout 360: X Y RB LB A B RT LT ★Layout PS3/PS2/PS1: [] /\ R1 L1 X O R2 L2 ★Gamecube/Wii: Y X L B A R Start = Start Select […]

Painting the Case II

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Decided to paint the interior glossy black. The exterior received a first layer of clear coat. On top of it the case received 3 pin stripes in red and gold. When discussing the colors we decided for black, red and gold as their our national […]

Painting the Case I

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Preparing the case for the paint job. Initially the interior was not intended to be painted. But it also received a special treatment to increase its roughness to be able to mount parts on the inside. Trying to decide on a color, black is the […]

Igor, Bring Me the Brain

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Finished the soldering job on the PCB interconnection. We started with the MadCatz 360 PCB. But then we couldn’t resist to go dual PCB and I ordered a Cthulhu from Toodles along with an Imp electronic switch. The Imp board (the small black PCB in […]

Drilling the Holes

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The carbide plated hole saws finally arrived and were put to their use. The top right corner served as a guinea pig. Smooth sailing.

Building the Case

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Preparations for actually building the case were finished and we could start working with the actual carbon and glass fibres and the resin. Friendly company cs.federleicht let us use their work shop to build the case and the rest of the stick from here.

Emperor’s New Clothes

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More parts arrived: Glass fibre in white and black (pictured) and resin (not pictured) for the case. Got embarassed that they didn’t send a coil but packaged the fabrics into plastic bags. What you want is a surface as smooth as possibe and not a […]

Wired Up

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Today I soldered the PCB together with a friend. Wired the buttons as well – until I ran out of cable. So the last 7 connections are missing. The cables run from the PCB to a terminal strip and from there to the buttons. Quick […]

Arcade Stick Button Layout

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Now where to put all the fancy buttons? Before finalizing the case design I wanted to try button layouts. slagcoin.com is a treasure chest for all things arcade stick and he has got a large number of layouts complete with detailed measurements. The Sega Astro […]