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MacMini Arcade machine mount

by VengTheVader, published

MacMini Arcade machine mount by VengTheVader Aug 21, 2012

Description

This is a basic mount to secure a mac mini (old style height) to the base of a cocktail cabinet arcade machine.

It features an integrated power switch trigger with printable pushswitch which can be mounted onto the side of a cabinet to reset or power on/off the mac mini via a length of piano wire.

The vertical mounts are in theory adjustable in height (using m4 bolts) by a small amount to give more clearance should you need to add padding under the mac mini or a top plate.

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Cool Idea, is that using a battery to power the solenoid or tapping off a wall wart ?
Nice. I've got a Mac mini in my cocktail cab too. I went for an over-engineered power switch solution. thingiverse.com/thing:44756
Nice cab! I'm just finishing an upright and was planning to build a cocktail next. Plus, and I have an older Mini collecting dust so this will come in very useful.

I especially like your power switch. I'm currently using the standard button wired to motherboard pins method, but this is a much more elegant solution.

Thanks!

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Instructions

print 3x base.stl and 1x baser-trigger.stl, 4x top, 1x trigger and push switch for basic mount.

Vaguely remember I used m4 10mm bolts to secure the vertical parts, and may have been m3 16 or 20mm for the trigger, which was just screwed in far enough to secure without needing a nut. In theory a self tapping screw would work here also. Base parts are simply secured to the floor of an arcade machine or box with some m4 wood screws.

Bend a piece of piano wire to required length and drill a hole in the box side for the pushbutton. The pushbutton features a slide in part to secure it in place without the need for a screw thread (so long as your box is roughly the same thickness as a standard arcade box) piano wire simple attaches like a servo wire on rc plane between the pushbutton and trigger.

I theory should be usable for mounting a macmini in a box for a server box also.

Nice. I've got a Mac mini in my cocktail cab too. I went for an over-engineered power switch solution. thingiverse.com/thing:44756
Remote Mac MAME Cabinet switch mount
Cool Idea, is that using a battery to power the solenoid or tapping off a wall wart ?
Nice cab! I'm just finishing an upright and was planning to build a cocktail next. Plus, and I have an older Mini collecting dust so this will come in very useful.

I especially like your power switch. I'm currently using the standard button wired to motherboard pins method, but this is a much more elegant solution.

Thanks!
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