Vectrex Cartridge Case
by CNK, published
Been sitting on this for a while, but now it's finally out:
A printable cartridge case for the Vectrex video game console.
The standard "Bottom" model is based on the design of the cartridge case used for the game "Rip Off" (ie. the black case in the images). The "Big Board Pins" version is based on the case of Richard Hutchinson's VecMulti flash cart (PCB shown in the last image). Note the "Rip Off" cartridge <i>does</i> fit in the "Big Board Pins" case.
I don't know if all original games are in "Rip Off" like cases or what other designs are out there. Also, this is very much a printable version of the cartridge case, not a very true representation of the original.
The text file is the measurements I made (mainly using a small ruler). The fact that the case works is little indication of the accuracy of these figures and in any case I doubt my strange terminology will make any sense to most sane people. Still it's up there just in case it's helpful.
I designed the models in an old program called Pro/Desktop that was a cut down version of Pro/Engineer (which is now called Creo, I think). The ".des" files are my design files in this program's custom format.
The prints pictured were made with a Makerbot Cupcake CNC. Yep, not everyone's moved on.
Oh, and sorry about the pictures, my digital camera is terrible.
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Depending on what you want the case to house, choose between the standard bottom and the "Big Board Pins" version. Then do whatever witchcraft you do to turn 3D models into funnily shaped lumps of plastic. I can <i>just</i> manage it without a raft (using a heated build platform, though that's probably a given nowadays).
After your usual print clean up routine, the two halves should fit together. Now I drill out the screw hole with a suitable drill bit, though if your printer is more precise, you might have a good enough hole already (I've broken cases with the screw when I didn't pre-drill though, so be warned). Then plop in your cartridge PCB (again, you might need to reshape some of the lugs if your printer isn't all that precise) and screw the case together, I use 20mm long 4G (=~3mm, I think) Wood Screws but other sizes might be better.
Wack the cart in the side of your Vectrex and revel in the wonder of vector video gaming. You might find the case is a bit tighter in the cartridge slot than the originals, but it should work fine (I always thought the originals were a bit loose anyway).