Quoted from Aurich:
my personal dream kit would be all the electronics to get you going, with clear and easy instructions for how to connect them all. A CNC'd playfield that at the very least included the bottom 3rd. If you want to do something custom down there then fine, but most people will be fine with a standard setup at least for their first attempts.
This is something we've discussed doing for ages, but we keep deciding not to offer a 'custom machine dev kit' because:
- Many people want to do some of the things on their own (electronics, woodworking, etc) so they wouldn't want a full kit. Partial kits are available today. Obviously we offer a mature and feature-rich control system (P-ROC + PDBs).
- Cost - it won't be cheap.
- Market will be quite small. Maybe 30 (?) people will buy it, all said and done, unless you can make it cheap enough for impulse buys (and for educational purchases for schools/kids). Making it that cheap (< $200?) is practically impossible, especially given the need for extremely detailed documentation for the educational markets.
I love the idea and would like to see it happen, but the economics make it tough to justify the effort. It might work better just as a set of plans (cut your own p/f, make your own cables, etc), but that's essentially a plan for building a generic custom machine. Since most would rather build their own idea of a custom machine, we're back to where we are now... the pieces are available.
Lots of people are discussing their custom projects on the forums at http://www.pinballcontrollers.com/forum/index.php?board=17.0. It might be worth discussing the idea with them to see if a custom-pinball dev/tinker kit would have interested them when they started their projects.
When we first designed the P-ROC, we wanted to come out with a peg-board style (not exactly, but that's kind of the idea) dev kit for custom machine developers. We talked about it with JPop, who (now years later) might still be planning to move forward with the idea. I still question the size of the potential market vs the dev effort and cost to make it happen. Perhaps some of you will prove me wrong. If you want to package it with a mature and easy to use control system, contact me privately and we can work it out.