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Intermediate Laser Cut Mini Nes

  • Machine Type:
    Laser / Plasma
    Adobe Illustrator, Lightburn
    Other Controller
    3mm Maple, 3mm Walnut, 3mm Wenge, 3mm MDF, 12mm x 2mm magnets, Super Glue (Cyanoacrylate), NCF Reader, USB Hub, Micro push buttons, USB Female ports, female micro USB port, and a few beers.
    For a while now I've had this idea clunking around in my head and I finally decided to make it. Here she is, my laser cut NES, alive and fully functional. I wanted to capture as many details and to stay true as much as I could.


    I collect most things Nintendo but I mostly collect NES games. I also back up my own roms from my own games using a Retron 5 (aftermarket console). The whole idea behind the project was for me to have a way to play my own backups of my own games, but with style. My plan is to make a cartridge of every game I own, and as my collection of real games grow, so will my wooden collection... in theory. I have well over 200 nes games at the moment and so far only have made 3 different carts so that might be a short-lived dream but we shall see.



    In reality, the nes is just an over-glorified USB hub. A USB cable goes from the computer to the nes and that splits the signal to 3 different ports. 2 ports go to the front of the console for controllers, and I use the third port is used to power the NFC reader. When a game is scanned it just reads the tag, the tag says “open battletoads.nes” or whatever game it is and then the computer executes that command. The roms and emulator are all on the computer, the nes is just a physical shortcut to execute a program on my computer.


    I made the whole thing out of 3mm wood, maple, walnut, and wenge. The loading tray is cut out of 3mm mdf painted black. I have a magnet placed on the tray, and if you look at the above pictures, inside of the cartridges I also have a hidden magnet. When you insert the game into the tray, it gets pulled in and held in place by the magnet.



    Here are a few more pictures of the console and the build in progress.




    Comparing the wood nes with the original nes


    This was me test cutting out of MDF to make sure that everything would work together.







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  1. MFCarew
    What a cool concept, and it works!!! A truly outstanding project. Thank you for sharing.
  2. Streb06
    My local library has a laser cutter/etcher machine. Would you be willing to send me the diagram file so I can attempt at getting it cut and put it together? I like wood working but I do not have the programming skills to design something like this and have it come out correctly.
      MaryD likes this.
  3. RoosterTX
    Amazing work!
  4. GrayUK
    Excellent job! :thumbsup::thumbsup:
    Have you had a look on the net for Art Deco and Art Nouveau Lasered Computer cases?
    There are some beautiful ones out there as examples. :)
  5. Rob Mitchell
    It appears you are using different types of wood product. I don't believe it's all Baltic Birch correct? Which wood stock are you using.
    1. CChico
      Hey Rob, all the wood that I used was 3mm(1/8") thick. For the top I used Maple, for the bottom I used Walnut, and the dark areas like where the USB ports are I used Wenge. I also used 3mm mdf to make the loading tray

      I have two craft wood stores near-ish to me where I find all these woods. They sell online too. One is called WoodCraft, and the other one is called Rockler.
      CChico, Oct 31, 2019
  6. Matthew Bates
    Awesome project!
  7. Mark Carew
    This is so cool man! Straight up classy project. I really like the way this turned out. If your willing to share the files I am sure some there are others that would love to make one.
      Giarc likes this.
  8. MaryD
    Outstanding! :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
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