Replacement Membranes for Creativision controllers

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Re: Replacement Membranes for Creativision controllers

Post by Scouter3d » Fri Aug 12, 2022 7:03 am

:D :D :D
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Re: Replacement Membranes for Creativision controllers

Post by cheshirenoir » Wed Aug 17, 2022 1:39 pm

Getting there. Just need to cleanup all the silkscreen mess...
Already redone the other PCBs.
CRVisionControllerPCB.jpg
No chance it'll be done this week I'm afraid. I need to buy some of the components and give them test fittings...

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Re: Replacement Membranes for Creativision controllers

Post by Scouter3d » Wed Aug 17, 2022 1:42 pm

looking good! :0)
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Re: Replacement Membranes for Creativision controllers

Post by cheshirenoir » Fri Aug 19, 2022 6:13 am

Just an update of where I have got to.
I've now finished my revision of the controller. It's only the Left controller at this point. If it all works, I'll also do a Right controller.
I've made the following changes:
  • Contacts for joystick rotated clockwise so they work as expected
  • Solder point for the "disk" contact moved to the edge of the disk for better clearance
  • Connection for fire buttons moved from keyboard PCB to joystick PCB. Should make routing easier
  • Fire button PCB made larger for better fit. I plan to combine two fire buttons on a single PCB to make things cheaper. I might even merge with the keyboard to drop the costs even more. EDIT: Done! We're down from 4 PCBs to 2 now.
  • Connection points for the connection between the joystick and the keyboard PCBs split into two, and shrunk from 2.54mm pitch to 1.27mm pitch. This makes connecting with ribbon cable much easier. I still need to align the connectors between the joystick PCB and the keyboard PCB. EDIT: I checked and they're aligned almost perfectly.
  • Moved everything on the keyboard PCB to the top of the board.
  • Fitted all components on the keyboard PCB except the connection points to fit inside the "visible area".
  • Added silkscreen annotations for all buttons. These came out quite nicely.
  • Moved to larger diodes and buttons. I still need to verify the buttons work as promised by the technical schematics. They don't look quite right so I want to complete this before ordering PCBs. EDIT: Actually they're correct! I got the buttons and checked them myself.
So still some work to go before I order, and I'll need to wait on delivery of the PCBs. Plenty of time to Composite mod my new arrivals :-D
EDIT: Ready to order!

Cheers!

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Re: Replacement Membranes for Creativision controllers

Post by cheshirenoir » Tue Aug 23, 2022 11:25 am

So I've rejiggered it so there are Left Hand and Right Hand PCBs.
CRVisionControllerPCB.jpg
The fire buttons are also "break off" components.

I'll get these ordered up next pay cycle, so in just over a week :-)

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Re: Replacement Membranes for Creativision controllers

Post by Scouter3d » Tue Aug 23, 2022 11:41 am

Sweet! Cheers, TOM:0)
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Re: Replacement Membranes for Creativision controllers

Post by Mobsie » Tue Aug 23, 2022 11:42 am

Amazing 👍👍👍
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Re: Replacement Membranes for Creativision controllers

Post by cheshirenoir » Fri Aug 26, 2022 1:11 am

Hmm. Looks like my last post got lost.
I may be "showing off" here a little, but I merged the top and bottom boards of the joysticks onto one PCB and then doubled them!
You can now get both controllers out of 3 PCBs.

Bring on payday and I'll order these.
CRVisionControllerPCBMerged.jpg
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Re: Replacement Membranes for Creativision controllers

Post by Scouter3d » Fri Aug 26, 2022 4:52 am

gorgeous! :0)
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Re: Replacement Membranes for Creativision controllers

Post by Mamejay » Fri Aug 26, 2022 4:54 am

Excellent. Will you be updating your Github page with the new PCB and gerbers etc?
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