DMD Day Custom Pinball Machine
My dad and I had been learning the inner workings of pinball machines for several years. A couple of years ago we decided to build one from scratch. I was in charge of 3D printing all of the pieces that are now on the playfield. There are at least 16 vital pieces on that machine that I designed and 3D-printed. One of my favorite things to CAD was the entire playfield because I got to use all the individual parts I previously made and put them together to create a clear image of what the pinball machine would look like when it’s complete. This image also helped us to determine where to drill the holes for parts that need to be attached to the machine.
I also designed a mechanism for a solenoid that would allow the rod to stay in the up position without continuously drawing power from the solenoid. My solution was based off the clicking mechanism inside a pen. I figured out how to create this part by CAD-ing and printing numerous designs until I finally created a successful working prototype.
This is a 1970 Ringer horseshoe throwing machine. It had been left in a shed about 30 years and, based off the damage, probably endured multiple floods. The bottom was worn out and the relays were super rusty. I had to replace every single relay on the bottom board, unsoldering the wires and move them over to a new base and soldering them back in place.
3D printer projects
These are a bunch of various projects I’ve 3D printed over the years. Captions on each picture for information.
This is an old 1910’s telephone that has been partially gutted to work on a modern day landline using a “modern” 1990’s phone and some pinball parts. More details in the video.
This is one of my first projects dating back to my middle school days. It’s relatively simple but it’s always fun to mess around with from time to time. This box was designed to unsuspectingly just turn itself off.
A couple of other things I’ve worked on that deserve a shout out.