uChip Simple VGA Console (uSVC)

by ITACA Innovation

Portable, DIY, open hardware retro-gaming console

View all updates Nov 17, 2020

More Details About Our 3D-Printed Enclosure

by Antonio Rizzo

Hi uSVC enthusiasts,

Great news on the 3D-case for uSVC. Stefano has been working hard to optimize and improve the design of the stylish 3D case specifically designed for uSVC while adding both functional and aesthetic features… But first things first, here is a very cool rendering of the new case:

Let’s recap all the key-points of Stefano’s design up to now:

  • Two-part (top/bottom), easy to mount, straightforward box design in white PETG with tactile click on-closure.
  • Heat dissipation vents on top. (These vent holes are not entirely necessary, since uSVC has such low power consumption, but they make uSVC look very "cool!" while providing an extra measure of thermal protection.)
  • See-through aperture right on top of uChip, just to remind you how small yet powerful a development board can be
  • Reset push-button for reset/re-programming the console without opening the case
  • Embedded stand-off on the bottom side of the case that holds the uSVC firmly using the provided screws. The uSVC won't slip from the case's grip.
  • Connector openings perfectly aligned to the board input/output for smooth connections
  • Stylish LEDs slots, to keep track of current operations at lightning speed

But could Stefano just stop here? Obviously not…he’s a real DIY’er after all, besides being an engineer. So he’s refined the design, sharpening a bit here and smoothing a bit there. Here is a complete list of his additions and improvements:

  • Improvement to the LED’s area for a better yield of the 3D printing process;

  • The junction between the two parts of the case is now smoother and nearly invisible. Closing the case now relies on internal indentations along the case border which create color continuity along the external outline. This gives the case the appearance of a single block. See the picture below for a clear comparison of the new look.

  • Pass-through screws ensure that the case stays closed permanently (unless unscrewed, of course). While the previous version assured correct closure of the case by properly designing the interface between the two parts, the improved design uses two (out of four) pass-through screws to firmly join top to bottom of the 3D-case. The below rendering shows the changes to the current version to give you an idea of the pass-through improvements.

  • Poka-yoke optimization to prevent incorrect alignment when closing and/or 180° positioning errors

Do you think ALL these features are not enough? Please tell us what you would like to add and/or improve. If you didn’t order a case initially, but you think that Stefano outdid himself since the case is even cooler than before? What are you waiting for, get a case by adding a few bucks. The case will be a limited edition since Stefano will print them himself.

The case step files will be fully open source by the end of the campaign once we have the definitive final design. Stay tuned for future updates!

Cheers!
Antonio Rizzo
Itaca Innovation

PS: Stefano promised he won’t sleep at night if you order more than he can handle in daylight, let’s see how far he can go! :P


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uChip Simple VGA Console (uSVC) Kit

One DIY uSVC kit containing all of the components you will need to build your uSVC. The uChip is pre-programmed and MicroSD card slot is pre-soldered. All other parts are easy-to-solder, through-hole components.


$12

3D-Printed Enclosure for uSVC

A stylish, 3D-printed case, designed and printed by Stefano Rubini to the precise specifications of uSVC.


$5

Power & Data Cables

A (male) USB Type-B to (male) USB Type-A power cable and a (female) USB Type-A to (male) Micro-USB OTG cable

Credits

ITACA Innovation

ITACA INNOVATION is a project started by four young researchers from Padova with the aim of applying academic knowledge of electronics to practical applications. ITACA supports your ideas by providing all of the technical and engineering knowledge you will need to implement them.


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