|Brian S. Stephan 36231248b9|
The Buildable Stick System
Files for 3D printing an arcade stick.
[OpenSCAD-based illustration of how the components for an overhang panel-based stick fit together.]
[Photo of a completed inset panel-based stick.]
Originally an attempt to make a couple customized STL files for the OpenStickCommunity Fightstick Case, the changes ballooned to fit my design and became incompatible with that project's components. This should be considered a different project with some similar DNA, but to stress again, it could not have been done without that project as a guide star. See Attribution.
No particular arcade stick design is prescribed by this project, instead, SCAD files are provided to choose desired component objects or create new ones. The OpenSCAD language is essentially a functional programming language, making it it easy to reuse, alter, and compose objects. If you do not see the object you would like, you can likely create it by starting with an existing object and constructing what you'd like with new or existing components.
These items all fit on a 256mm^2 print bed; I use a Bambu Lab P1P based on what I've learned from the OpenStickCommunity. Standard settings seem sufficiently sturdy for my purposes, though the slicer has done a couple weird things, in my experience.
What you'll need beyond these objects:
- An arcade stick board (I recommend TheTrain's RP2040 Advanced Breakout
- 4 M3 8mm hex bolts to secure the PCB to a panel
- Per frame and plate combo:
- 4 45mm M4 hex brass standoffs (or equivalent)
- 8 M4 countersunk hex bolts
- Overhang plates should use 12-16mm length bolts since they are taller
- Inset plates should probably use 8-12mm bolts --- some standoffs aren't threaded the whole way, making 16mm too long to go flush
- If making the 45mm standoffs from multiple smaller ones, make sure they have enough length to take your bolts!
- Per frame connection point:
- 8 16mm M4 bolts
- 8 M4 flange nuts
- For a lever:
- 4 12-16mm M4 countersunk hex bolts
- 4 M4 flange nuts
- For Neutrik D connections:
- 2 10mm M3 hex bolts
- 2 M3 flange nuts
- Buttons and levers as desired
- Wiring as required
This is a rough estimate of the cost to produce one of these sticks, assuming a usual 2-frame design and layout. Filament masses from Bambu Studio estimates, using Bambu PLA Basic.
- Left and right frame: $7.08 USD (141.84g each, as of 2023-09-12)
- Left and right (overhang) top panels: ~$6.74 USD (~135g each, as of 2023-09-12)
- Left and right (overhang) bottom panels: $5.90 USD (118.16g each, as of 2023-09-12)
- Miscellaneous mounting plates, decorative plates, etc.: ~$1.00 USD (~40g, as of 2023-09-12)
- 8 16mm M4 bolts to connect the frames: $0.72 USD (you can get a pack of 100 on Amazon for $9, as of 2023-09-12)
- 8 M4 flange nuts to connect the frames: $0.68 USD (you can get a pack of 100 on Amazon for $8.50, as of 2023-09-12)
- 4 10mm M3 bolts to connect Neutrik D plates to frames: $0.40 USD (you can get a pack of 100 on Amazon for $10, as of 2023-09-12)
- 4 M3 flange nuts to connect Neutrik D plates to frames: $0.34 USD (you can get a pack of 100 on Amazon for $8.50, as of 2023-09-12)
- 8 45mm M4 spacers to connect panels to frames: $2.40 USD (you can get a pack of 10 on AliExpress for $3, as of
- You could 3D print these too, but you're probably better off with brass ones as they give some weight to the stick anyway
- You can also use a shorter length with longer bolts, or combine multiple spacers, if either of those yield better prices
- 8 16mm M4 bolts to connect top plates to frames: $0.72 USD (you can get a pack of 100 on Amazon for $9, as of
- 8 12mm M4 bolts to connect bottom plates to frames: $0.72 USD (you can get a pack of 100 on Amazon for $9, as of 2023-09-12)
With an enclosure coming in around $26, depending on your choices --- say, ~$30 for TheTrain's RP2040 Advanced Breakout Board, ~$60 for Sanwa buttons and a lever, and ~$20 for miscellaneous connectors and wiring --- you can put a full-featured controller with an open source foundation together for around $135.
/docs/ directory for more thoughts too scattered for this document.
Issues and Limitations
This is a living repository, and as such, there are likely issues with the objects, known or otherwise.
These issues may be fixed in the future; see
TODO.md for details.
Development and Contributing
Improvements, variants, new layouts, novel ideas, and etc. are all welcome.
These files are suitable for previewing and rendering in OpenSCAD. They may also work in FreeCAD and perhaps other software, but they are developed in OpenSCAD, so YMMV otherwise.
Inspired by the incredible work of TheTrain on the OpenStickCommunity Fightstick Case, itself based on the incredible work by Dash n'Mash. Original work Copyright 2023 TheTrain, licensed under CC BY 4.0.
Made possible by the amazing efforts of slagcoin.
Author and Licensing
Written by and copyright Brian S. Stephan (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Buildable Stick System is free software: you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation, either version 3 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.
The Buildable Stick System is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.
You should have received a copy of the GNU General Public License along with the Buildable Stick System. If not, see https://www.gnu.org/licenses/.