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Amstrad Controller STL files


Created on: 22-04-2019  By Gee
I mentioned a while back that I was going to share the STL files so you can make the Amstrad controllers at home (if you have a 3d printer). So here they are!
I wanted to make sure I had the correct files as I had made several versions. This was due to testing several things then forgetting to write down which ones were the ones that worked best.
These files MUST NOT be used for making and selling the controllers under any circumstances. The designs are all my own work and belong to me. I am releasing them in good will to help the Amstrad community make their own controllers as they helped me and continue to do so with several things.... Read More!


Amstrad Splitter Cable PCBs


Created on: 17-04-2019  By Gee
Ever since I realised that I could use 2 controllers or joysticks on the Amstrad CPC series, I had to try make some splitters.
A couple of weeks ago I drew up the schematics and then the PCB layout on CAD. Once I was happy with them I had the same company that produced my Controller PCBs make them.
Yesterday I took delivery of them and, they look great. Exactly what I was after, if not better!
Last night, when the little one was finally in bed, I set about soldering up the ports, diodes and the connecting cable that goes to the CPC. I soldered up one side and noticed that I was getting some odd results. The only button that was working when using the splitter was the fire 1 button. Then I found out that If I held down t... Read More!


Amstrad Controller


Created on: 16-04-2019  By Gee
After using my completed controller, I realised pretty soon that it wasn't very comfortable to use.
It worked great, but not very ergonomic. Now rather than redesign the whole thing, I made a surround for it to fall into. I drew it up pretty quick and then printed out a draft to see where I had made any errors. Thankfully, the errors I did make were quite simple and easy to fix. So I set about making another one with the corrections.
After this was all done, I had a great controller! Even if I do say so myself. I realise that it's a bit small, but it works well and is super easy to use.
The first night after it was all put together, the wife sat and had a game of Tetris with me.
I'm looking forward to sitting chi... Read More!


First complete Controller


Created on: 08-04-2019  By Gee
I've not had as much time as i'd like to play about with making this controller, but I finally managed to squeeze in getting the case made. I made the buttons a bit bigger so that it feels a bit more comfortable and a bit more natural. They're now 10mm instead of 8. I'm not sure why I went with 8mm to begin with. There must've been some reason for it.
After posting in a facebook group asking for thoughts on the original case, I had a comment that I should think about changing the colour of the buttons. Maybe one green and one blue. I agreed that the grey for everything was a bit dull and I ordered some blue fillament for the printer.
When the filament arrived I changed it over from the grey and set about printing my controller... Read More!


3d printed case


Created on: 25-03-2019  By Gee
I bought my 3d printer recently, as can be seen in a previous post, to make my controller cases.
Over the last couple of days I have been making bits here and there to try out. Then last night I printed all the buttons (a few times), the d-pad and then the back of the case. It's looking okay, but not excellent. I think the buttons need to be larger, the d-pad needs to be a bit better thought out and slightly re-designed. The way the two halves of the case go together will also need to be changed slightly, as currently you could press a button and the case will split. BUT! this is the whole point in prototyping. Test, test and test again until you get it correct!
Anyway, I've att... Read More!


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