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which system would you like to get empty cart shells for?
NES 33%  33%  [ 13 ]
SNES 31%  31%  [ 12 ]
Genesis 23%  23%  [ 9 ]
N64 8%  8%  [ 3 ]
Other (Comment) 5%  5%  [ 2 ]
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 Post subject: Re: Empty cart shells
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 4:54 pm 
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Myask wrote:
You know what'd be really nice? A cart with a door for socketed ROMs.
I'm of the opinion that you either want a ZIF, or in-place reprogrammable things here. Anything else will just mechanically fail after far too few cycles.


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 Post subject: Re: Empty cart shells
PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 5:10 pm 
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Personally, I just dremel a hole in the shell when I'm using a socketed board.


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 Post subject: Re: Empty cart shells
PostPosted: Sun May 31, 2015 12:19 am 
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Famicom shells for me too. (Of course I also need a circuit board, but I could try to make that myself; I know how that much works at least.)

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 Post subject: Re: Empty cart shells
PostPosted: Wed Sep 23, 2015 7:34 pm 
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I would love to see a custom shell for SNES, with the esthetics of the Pal/SFC carts but allowing for a label that covers the front and top like the American SNES cart.


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 Post subject: Re: Empty cart shells
PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2015 1:05 am 
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Most of these are already available, the exception being n64 which is arguably moot until the n64 CIC is cracked and replicated. 3d printed cases are cool but not practical especially in significant qty. It took me a few hundred lost hours of tinkering with a homemade 3d printer before I learned to accept this fact.. Even if the printer is awesome enough for sufficiently durable cases the cost is prohibitive especially when molds are already available for these. Not to mention the fact that 9 out of 10 people consuming cases prefer donors for some crazy reason..

I'm aware of 3 NES case molds actively in use plus the one retro zone retired.

There's one snes mold out there with the snaps and fake front screws I've used for awhile. Retro zone doesn't use their pal looking NTSC compatible snes mold much anymore apparently. But I found a new one recently and have my first batch from them.

There are a few versions of genesis and master system available on alibaba.

Famicom is far from standardized specifically on the pcb outline. Ever drive cases have been available although pricey and coming with ever drive branding and memory slots. I recently found a new source though and am working on a small trial batch of homebrew releases using them. They're the smaller form factor.

Someone in Canada (apesh*tmods IIRC) had a mold for game boy but wasn't interested in selling bare cases when I asked years ago. Perhaps that's changed now, I heard word of another mold being made available but haven't spent much time figuring out details. Perhaps it's the same mold..

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 Post subject: Re: Empty cart shells
PostPosted: Thu Oct 15, 2015 2:37 pm 
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I've been gravitating towards sega genesis dev lately. I've only downloaded one usable .stl file and haven't tried it out. I'd rather leave the cart manufacturing to someone else yet not pay for bundles of 800.


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 Post subject: Re: Empty cart shells
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 8:38 pm 
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infiniteneslives wrote:
Famicom is far from standardized specifically on the pcb outline. Ever drive cases have been available although pricey and coming with ever drive branding and memory slots. I recently found a new source though and am working on a small trial batch of homebrew releases using them. They're the smaller form factor.

Did anything come of this, or the GB thing?


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 Post subject: Re: Empty cart shells
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 9:44 pm 
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Taking me a bit longer than I hoped to overhaul all my board designs and migrate to from discontinued Xilinx CPLDs to Lattice CPLDs which are actually recommended for new designs. I made life a little challenging for the pcb layout by designing a board layout which is interchangable between NES and Famicom cases. So once the NES board design layed out, the only thing necessary to complete the famicom version is swap out the cart connector and board outline. This also simplifies pcb assembly as the same solder stencil can be used for both NES/FC and components are all in identical locations. Things are moving along though.. Should have the NES production line primarily converted to Lattice by the end of this summer. At that point the design will be finalized and I can start converting my designs to 60pin.

Gameboy is still on my project list along with most popular cartridge consoles/handhelds. Can't really give an accurate time estimate.. I made a successful gameboy cartridge prototype board 3years ago but haven't touched it since.. :/

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 Post subject: Re: Empty cart shells
PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2016 11:30 pm 
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There are some Gameboy cart shells on AliExpress now, something like $67 for 100 of them. I don't have the link but you can look up "Guangzhou Shunzhi Electronic Trading Company".


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 Post subject: Re: Empty cart shells
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 2:40 am 
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infiniteneslives wrote:
3d printed cases are cool but not practical especially in significant qty. It took me a few hundred lost hours of tinkering with a homemade 3d printer before I learned to accept this fact.. Even if the printer is awesome enough for sufficiently durable cases the cost is prohibitive especially when molds are already available for these. Not to mention the fact that 9 out of 10 people consuming cases prefer donors for some crazy reason..


What kind of printer did you try? By material alone, I calculated it'd be 2-5$ per shell.


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 Post subject: Re: Empty cart shells
PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 10:27 am 
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Memblers wrote:
There are some Gameboy cart shells on AliExpress now, something like $67 for 100 of them. I don't have the link but you can look up "Guangzhou Shunzhi Electronic Trading Company".


Those aren't gameboy cartridges! They're "Game" cartridges ;)

Btw there's also a bunch of GBA cartridge shells on sale.


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