(Topic ID: 185205)

3D Printed Pinball Machine

By pinlink

2 years ago

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  • Latest reply 1 year ago by toyotaboy
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    #1 2 years ago

    "In a display of colorful creativity, a man who goes by "Tony the Pinball Wizard" [ ] lived up to his nickname by building this pinball machine using almost entirely 3D-printed parts."

    "Tony put in over 200 hours in OpenSCAD, creating 181 unique items. After the design stage was finished, the actual 3D printing took 1,200 hours, approximately fifty days."

    If you watch the video, the right ramp has a cool return to the left flipper.


    #2 2 years ago

    I love that return ramp to the flipper. Very cool work but i must admit..the game looks extremely boring to play lol

    #3 2 years ago

    Wow, that's cool!!

    I love the use of the conductive PLA to detect the ball on the pops.

    #4 2 years ago
    Quoted from SUPERBEE:

    I love that return ramp to the flipper. Very cool work but i must admit..the game looks extremely boring to play lol

    It does look a little slow, wonder if it just needs more incline? I would guess that the objective of the project was not to make the most badass playing pin in the world, but to show that it could be done.

    #5 2 years ago

    Gives it a cool look, the "art", if you will, has a very matte flat cartoony texture to it. Very cool. Didn't watch the whole thing but what's up with the thing on the ramp, meant to be a gate or just something cool they wanted to add (that may or may not act like a gate?) Surely printing a 3D gate/spinner would be easy enough, so I'm assuming it's just for something new and cool like they were going for. Ahh, I see, it's like bowling pins, very interesting and cool!

    #6 2 years ago
    Quoted from pinlink:

    I would guess that the objective of the project was not to make the most badass playing pin in the world, but to show that it could be done.

    I agree !

    3 months later
    #7 1 year ago

    Hi All, Just found this thread by searching " 3d printed pinball " and as the creator of the machine, would like to give an update following my story article 8 months ago.

    Since completing it almost a year ago, I have made some changes. Please see photos.

    The flippers have been upgraded with much more powerful coils ( copied from Williams and wound on printed bobbins). The flipper spacing has also been corrected.

    With more flipper power, the playfield angle has been increased from 3 degrees to 5 degrees and probably could go more.

    The left hand bumper has been replaced by a second ramp, returning to the RH flipper.

    To the left of the new ramp, there is now a spinner ,replacing 2 targets. A ball through the spinner ,returns to the top. The spinner action progresively illuminates the 'runway' above and when full, illuminates the Easy jet A320 and makes takeoff sound.

    Remaining are 4 bumpers , 2 kickouts, 7 targets, 2 slingshots. ramp to bowling lane.

    The RH kickout operates the door of the box at rear right to expose a ghost.

    There is a lot more lighting.

    The machine now plays much faster is more fun with the new features

    All features are based on a seaside resort at Southend on Sea, Essex.

    Future improvements are some drop targets, mechanical chimes for sounds e.g. bumpers and spinner, more features relating to the targets.

    A new video of the machine in action will follow later.



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    #8 1 year ago

    What a fantastic machine! I'd love to see more pics and video.

    #9 1 year ago

    Don't know if anyone has been following the Creality Cr-10 3d printer.. For $430 you get a 300mmx300mmx400mm build volume:

    They also offer a version called CR-10 max which can build 500mmx500mmx500mm.. effectively you could nearly build a playfield in 2 pieces:
    amazon.com link »

    Positive reviews of the CR-10:

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