Conversion of an old pinball playfield to an Arduino-driven, fully working pinball machine.
Project showcase by Frogger1108
A standard sized pinball machine made using parts from the home store and pinball supply houses. The game play is controlled by an Arduino.
Project tutorial by Bob Blomquist
Build a fully functional pinball machine with 4 networked Arduinos: Control, Audio, Lights, Score, with this code and my free E-book.
Project showcase by grahamasker
A previous project of an Arduino controlled pinball machine is augmented with sound and music using a WAV Trigger board.
You're right, usually they're pretty durable. I just had the bad luck of 3 of them giving out a week after I installed them so I had to resolder them one by one. Price is always a factor with pinball machines, it still seems to be a niche hobby which in turn rises the prices of existing hardware. It's therefore great to see people actually working with the machines and building new ones.
I have a project page here including a video. The main difference is that I used an old pinball playfield from an electromechanical machine and used that as my board. This saved me the trouble of designing the art and geometry of the field.
My problem with the LEDs is that I also used standard 5mm LEDs, but there are no real sockets for them so you have to "hardwire" them by soldering the connections (and a resistor) to them. How do you exchange defective LEDs ? My solution is cheap since they basically don't cost anything, it's just a pain to replace them when they go bad...
I just found your project and I like it very much. I built a pinball machine myself recently, your coding, wiring and component organisation however is way better and cleaner than mine. What I didn't find in your documentation is the kind of lighting you used, I just saw the 5 mm LED and the led stripe in your ebook. Did you use single, 5mm LEDs for the playfield ? If so, how did you secure them or did you use some kind of socket ?
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