Pinball Pictures

Finally the pinball machine can be considered finished 🙂 although I’m sure there will still be things to do every now and then. Here are some visual updates.

Pinball Progress

Another week of working on the Pinball machine! Heres some (mostly visual) updates. Enjoy! Nothing really changed here recently but since so far I didn’t really show this, here some pictures of the various solenoids that are driving the playing field action. (Including a rather creative solution for a missing pop bumper switch plastic) Here … Read more

Some More Pinball Pictures

The display module started out as a pretty messy wire contraption with individual transistors. Boy, fixing short circuits with these things was no fun I tell you. At some point then I discovered TLC5940, groked the basics of KiCad, spent a bit of money and out came my first real PCB: Actually a bit proud … Read more

Some Pinball Pictures

Lots has happened in the last time, among other things, I got a new Job and moved to Berlin. Unfortunately I can not house my pinball project here, so it will stay at my fathers place and I’ll hope we will manage to continue it from time to time. There was some progress on the … Read more

SPI Debugging / Oscilloscopes rule!

So I had this problem with my SPI communication: When using a “long” cable (not longer than 2m), SPI communication (between raspberry pi and switches board), would drop bits. And I’m not talking a bit flip here or there, I’m talking about a bit getting lost in the sense that all following bits where received … Read more

Building a Pinball Machine from Scratch

First a quick update: Yes I’m (kinda) still using this site to blog, obviously, my beloved adventure game engine hasn’t gotten much of the love it deserves in the past time, though. The reason for this is twofold: First, I finally made my PhD (yes, you may call me doctor now) the other one is, … Read more