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Repairing a VCS with a 3D printer!!!


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It's interesting how 3D printers can do so much for everybody. They're like the replicators from Star Trek, just not as advanced. Those machines could create things from nothing. The 3D printers need something as a base for what they're creating. Still, it's impressive and fascinating technology, and thanks for sharing about it. :O)

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4 hours ago, CrossBow said:

I believe the plastic switch portion is different on the Reset and Select switches as they have a spring inside that attached to that plastic in some way. Also on the original H6 units those two switches were a tad wider than the others so I'm not sure if the internal portion being shown here is the same.

 

yeah the reset & game start switch have a wider base with a spring inside, I just happened to have a 4 switch board loose ( I forget why)

anyways there is prolly a seperate file someone already made for that

the foil is some kind of shielding and duct work silver tape would prolly do the job

And yeah they the same switches on a heavy sixerIMG_2190.JPG.aacce3061df406b3dd4c30087ca3af42.JPG

imma put a 3d printer on my birthday wish list 'cause I NEED atleast one more thing in my apartment 😉

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Now, I wish I had a 3D printer to fix my Atari accessories. I have an A2600 Jr. "Short Rainbow" system that needs some TLC. It has a damaged plastic case. Other than that, it works fine. My brother dropped it one time. The plastic shattered in a few places. I tried to fix the case with epoxy, but the repairs are off. So, a 3D printer would come in nicely to fill in the gaps where the plastic broke off. Then, maybe I can correct my errors. But, for me, 3D printers are expensive. So, I can't afford it now. But, I can dream. :O)

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The foil was put into place to help prevent ESD when touching the switches to operate the Atari. Since the replacement part is all plastic, I'm not sure it is as much of an issue since I could still see that you had the neoprene rubber surround on the switch which, further isolates you from the switch metal housing. 

Foil tape will work, but you have to cut a small tab of it out to fold down and make sure it is touching on the underside where the tape sticks down to get a good connection. Can also just solder some short jumper wires from housing to housing and then solder down one side to the ground plane on the board.

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