Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cables...cables everywhere.

Sometimes I really annoy myself, or rather become annoyed by my "I can do this myself"-attitude.
Like the light board for instance - why, oh why, didn't I just order this pre-made on the internet?

1) Satan's lightboard. This is a painful reminder why the invention of circuit boards came to be.
What you see on the picture is a gazillion solder points and A QUARTER of the cables needed to complete it. After that, some serious testing and hopefully at least some of them function... Right now I don't remember if I have any light slots to spare, so hopefully they'll all work. I hope.

I thought about both remaking it using a matrix instead or simply design it in CAD and have it manufactured instead. Both things cost money thou, but at the moment I don't really care...
No matter how hard I try, all I see when I look at the board is this...

Source: http://www.wired.com/beyond_the_beyond/2008/03/ 


  1. I feel your pain on all the wiring. Know that you are not alone!

    Great job on the pinball machine. You have inspired me to attempt a pinball machine. I'm only in research mode at this time and will be for many months to come.

    Good luck and keep up the great work!


  2. mosfets for lights? I plan to just run via led driver chips. I guess flashers will run via mosfet.. hmm I had not planned needing to do a mosfet driver board for the leds..

  3. LED's should be fine...
    But I'm using bulbs on most of the playfield (6V, but looks alright with 5V) and the flashers require 12-24V to look bright enough. The bulbs barely light up when using regular batteries so they need quite a bit of juice to run.
    The MOSFET's I'm using are sinking current, so I can apply any voltage required on each of the lighting ports.
    In theory, at least. ;)