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Lenticular/3D Apron Cards

By ralphwiggum

1 year ago


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#1 1 year ago

I have posted these in a few of the Club Owners threads, but wanted to share a fun/cool project I have been working on- Lenticular Apron Cards. I know iterations of these have been around for awhile, but you don't run across them too often- The reason being that they aren't the cheapest thing to make, and they really can be a huge pain creating and assembling. Also add to the fact that a lot of them look really blurry, because resolutions have to be very specific, and small font simply doesn't work on media this size.

I am always perplexed how manufacturers (looking at you Stern) spend all of their time with presentation/artwork, and then when they get to the apron, they slap in Yellow Cards on the cheapest material possible. I get that these cards have a specific purpose, but these cards are the closest thing visually that the player sees.

Anyways, I have completed Star Wars, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ninja Turtles, and am currently working on a few other titles at the moment- Deadpool will be completed soon.

These can be printed on high resolution clear material, and it will lose some effect, but it will allow for backlighting if you choose to. These are also made to order since they take quite a bit of time, but if you have a simple request- like removing the Stern Logo, or the text "Free Play" I can most likely make these changes before creating the card.

I will be posting in club threads as I create new ones, only to find someone to give a free set to in exchange for pictures/videos on their machine.

Any questions/feedback, are always appreciated.

Putting this here for posterity, lots of people have asked me how to get a set.....
https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1289-youbentmywookie

#6 1 year ago

This was made for me years ago. I have a Lord of the Rings one too.

LTG : )

#7 1 year ago

These are awesome. What a brilliant way to bling up a games apron. Any around for Monster Bash? I know some of them are 3d but the effect is lost in a 2d video.

#8 1 year ago
Quoted from LTG:

This was made for me years ago. I have a Lord of the Rings one too.
LTG : )

Looks very cool.... Besides the amount of work it takes to create them, finding a balance between Clarity and illusion/effect is the biggest challenge. On anything this size, the more movement/depth you use, the less clarity you get in the image.

#9 1 year ago
Quoted from Pinstein:

These are awesome. What a brilliant way to bling up a games apron. Any around for Monster Bash?

I have specifically stayed away from Williams at this time, simply because I haven't spoken with Rick as far as what licensing would look like. To be honest with you, the Williams era stuff would be a bit easier to design than the Stern era stuff, because the artwork I have available to me from years of restoring projects, plus the artwork is simpler, more linear with sharper edges. The Stern era stuff has TONS of complex layers needed to make it all work.

Also, yep, it is impossible to capture the 3d effect properly with any camera, at least that I have tried... I have one simulator I can give a try, I will work on it. I will say in person, the 3d effect makes you double take because it looks flat until it doesn't. That is the balance I am trying to find. I can make things look REALLY 3D, but then the quality is lost in the picture itself.

One way to "sort of" see the 3d effect from a computer is to pick an object and only look at it and nothing else during play back. Use Star Wars as an example- Look at just the large Tie Fighter and the explosion behind it.

#10 1 year ago
Quoted from ralphwiggum:

I have specifically stayed away from Williams at this time, simply because I haven't spoken with Rick as far as what licensing would look like. To be honest with you, the Williams era stuff would be a bit easier to design than the Stern era stuff, because the artwork I have available to me from years of restoring projects, plus the artwork is simpler, more linear with sharper edges. The Stern era stuff has TONS of complex layers needed to make it all work.

I can't blame you there. Here's a crappy picture of a one (actually two) - off I had custom made years ago before they did the 3D backglasses. I found someone that did the printing in Washington or Portland and then had to find a digital artist in Germany that did the 3D rendering or whatever you call it so I could have them printed. Obviously with it just being for personal use and not selling it I didn't worry about licensing or anything. I saw your post about having 5V EL panel now, that would be awesome as what I used is HV and I had to use some in-line resistors to the switching supply to get the brightness down and minimize the squealing from that supply. This looks a world better in person (and I no longer have those crappy pricing cards), I'll be ordering a set of your for GOTG.

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#11 1 year ago
Quoted from bobukcat:

I saw your post about having 5V EL panel now, that would be awesome as what I used is HV and I had to use some in-line resistors to the switching supply to get the brightness down and minimize the squealing from that supply

I sourced USB 5 volt panels a few years ago and have been using them in a few of my machines (Joker Poker, Simpsons, Sinbad). ZERO squeal and I soldered them directly to GI. If I can find where I sourced them, I will post a link.

EDIT- Just looked up my order.... Seller doesn't supply them anymore, but this seller has them, and they are identical to what I bought a few years ago-
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/32307442690.html

They take some cutting and soldering to make them fit nice, but they aren't overpowering and are available in different colors too. Again, the biggest bonus here is that they draw from 5v supply, which is available everywhere.

#12 1 year ago

I have a Sega Star Wars Trilogy with the 3-d translight. I'd be interested in at least the free play card. I think they're almost the same size.

#13 1 year ago
Quoted from cabuford:

I have a Sega Star Wars Trilogy with the 3-d translight. I'd be interested in at least the free play card. I think they're almost the same size.

I can make you both sides with the proper instructions for Trilogy as long as you don't mind the background images on the flip (left) being the same as what is there now. The flip side (left) only takes me about an hour to get the text working properly. I will verify dimensions with some old Sega templates I have.

#14 1 year ago
Quoted from LTG:

This was made for me years ago. I have a Lord of the Rings one too.
LTG : )

Who made them Lloyd?!? I would pay up to get one of those BBB ones.

#15 1 year ago
Quoted from Isochronic_Frost:

Who made them Lloyd?!? I would pay up to get one of those BBB ones.

He doesn't make them anymore. Many years ago he made some up for the games of friends.

Sorry.

#16 1 year ago

Do you have any examples of clear vs. opaque? I’d love to make my Xenon more interesting.

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#17 1 year ago
Quoted from dothedoo:

Do you have any examples of clear vs. opaque? I’d love to make my Xenon more interesting.
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Cool Project!

I could take a picture of the GOTG clear being held up in the air for reference. Because of the DPI needed to do these accurately, The clear paper isn't perfectly clear like a transparency sheet, I would say it is more translucent to let light through.

#18 1 year ago

A couple of videos of Deadpool. I really wish there was a way I could figure out how to capture the 3D on camera. This set is going to a friend and I have Ninja Turtles going to another Pinsider for pictures. I think they will be shocked how different these look in person.


#19 1 year ago

I have had a lot of people contact me in regards to these cards, and didn't realize I didn't put a shop link to them. If you are interested in a set, the link is here- https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1289-youbentmywookie to make sure Robin gets his share.

Simpsons is next on the block.

#20 1 year ago
Quoted from ralphwiggum:

I have had a lot of people contact me in regards to these cards, and didn't realize I didn't put a shop link to them. If you are interested in a set, the link is here- https://pinside.com/pinball/market/shops/1289-youbentmywookie to make sure Robin gets his share.
Simpsons is next on the block.

Curious to see what TSPP looks like.

#21 1 year ago

mmmmmm.....lenticular donuts.....

#22 1 year ago

I lied, just finished up Iron Maiden. Still working on Simpsons


#24 1 year ago

These are really cool. Well done!!

#25 1 year ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

These are really cool. Well done!!

Thanks, it’s a long, but cathartic experience creating them

#26 1 year ago

Unless I missed it. How does one go about ordering a set from you?

Edit, I think I found it sorry.. Will be placing an order. Thanks.

#27 1 year ago

Here is a quick GIF showing the first set of 2D layers. Each layer is assigned a depth value to create the effect. So far, most cards have averaged between 18-26 layers. This Maiden card has 22 layers, 11 2D (shown in the GIF), and then 11 more 3D sized and pitched to work with the lenticular lens to create the final effect.

I have about 9 hours into the 3D card for Maiden, and probably another 2 hours into the left flip/instruction card.

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#30 1 year ago

My Deadpool cards arrived and Look Awesome. Thanks and well made!

#31 1 year ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

My Deadpool cards arrived and Look Awesome. Thanks and well made!

Awesome, good to hear, Thanks! I wish the 3D effect could somehow be shown in the photos, but I haven't figured out how to capture it yet. The flip effect is cool, but the 3D is my favorite effect in person.

#34 1 year ago

Spooky should buy a whole bunch from you and send them to the fang club members.

Let me know when you do Star Trek.

#35 1 year ago

My Deadpool ones showed up North of the boarder on Thursday! Thanks for getting them out, glad they got here quickly.

#36 1 year ago

I just ordered AC/DC and RnM!

#37 1 year ago

Elvira’s please

#38 1 year ago

Ordered Guardians, thanks for making these, they all look great.

Any plans on making a set for Tron? A lot of them came with a 3D backglass.

#39 1 year ago
Quoted from evileye:

Ordered Guardians, thanks for making these, they all look great.
Any plans on making a set for Tron? A lot of them came with a 3D backglass.

I made a non-lenticular set for Tron, but haven’t figured out how I want to approach the lenticular version. Tron is on the list to be made though.

Thanks for your order!

#40 1 year ago
Quoted from Zitt:

Spooky should buy a whole bunch from you and send them to the fang club members.
Let me know when you do Star Trek.

Which Star Trek? TNG? I might be able to do those without worrying about licensing from Williams.

#41 1 year ago
Quoted from ralphwiggum:

Which Star Trek? TNG? I might be able to do those without worrying about licensing from Williams.

You seem to be concentrating on modern Sterns... so I was suggesting Stern specifically.
That said; I own all Star Treks... so any is cool with me.

#42 1 year ago
Quoted from Zitt:

You seem to be concentrating on modern Sterns... so I was suggesting Stern specifically.
That said; I own all Star Treks... so any is cool with me.

10-4... have a few in the queue... will come back around to it.

#43 1 year ago

I have a few defect sets for sale. These are really tricky to make, and sometimes, even the slightest shift can send the effect off the deep end. All of these sets I am offering at discount have perfect 3D cards, but goofy Flip instruction cards.

Each set is $15 shipped. Please PM me which set name and number you want, I will update this thread as they are no longer available.

#46 1 year ago

Rick and Morty 3

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#48 1 year ago

Guardians 2

This one has no flip defect, but a small piece of backing managed to sneak into the lenticular material at the bottom of the card near the end of the lettering.... Basically looks like another punctuation mark.

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#49 1 year ago

Guardians 3

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#50 1 year ago

The Metallica cards look so cool. Almost impossible to capture these things in a picture or video. They just look so nice in person.

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