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The making of the Nanocade ArcadeStik
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Design &

The back ground for building the ArcadeStik KIT is that I wanted to make a nice arcade joystick that looked better than the ones you can buy from X-arcade and others and at the same time is very easy to build. I think I accomplished the latter, after receiving my kit, only two hours passed before I had a working arcade joystick. I let you be the judge on how it looks. After all, looks are totally subjective.

Buy the ArcadeStik KIT here

I would like to thank Andy at and for sponsoring some of the parts for this project. I can definitely recommend both places for great support and great products. Now go buy some pushbuttons and joysticks.


Now it's ready for the bottom panel. Notice that it's ready for screws without any drilling.


Fits perfectly and the holes align too.
Here I install the Nanocade Invisible Joystick Bracket with epoxy glue. I prepared the acrylic surface with some fine sandpaper and some alcohol for removing grease from the bracket and the acrylics.

You can buy the bracket here:



Removing the protective foil show how shiny the black acrylics really is. It comes as a surprise every time.
Time to install the pushbuttons and the arcade joystick. The pushbuttons is from Seimitsu and in the colour gun smoke. This is a new colour and I just had to try it.

The joystick is an Ultimarc UltraStik 360 with build in encoder. 

I also got the harness for the UltraStik 360 and just needed to shorten the wires and put on the 2.8 mm crimps. Looks neat and tidy.
The black wire is going from pushbutton to pushbutton. it's what you call a daisy chain.

But your eye probably caught the clear acrylics. The Acrylics was supposed to be for the prototype only, but I really think it looks awesome and decided to use it for the final kit too.

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Now, let's have a look at the finished arcade joystick

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If you decide to make your own MAME cabinet using my drawings, please feel free to make a donation,  as I'm trying to raise enough money to make a new up-right cabinet, that's hard to do as a student.




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