The old arcade machines are clear that they can be created and recreated thanks to Free Hardware, but What about the non-electronic ones? If machines using mechanical elements or paper panels Can this type of recreation machines be created? The truth is that yes or at least the user has done so Ryan Bates, who has created an old hook machine that uses an Arduino Mega board.
This machine works with the same operation as a 3D printer, but instead of using a computer to locate and catch a stuffed animal, we have to use a manual control that the machine has.
This recreational machine uses the coordinate system used by 3D printers but the manufacturing cost is lower since it does not need any extruder or hot bed, only stepper motors and the Arduino Mega board.
These SuperClaw machines follow the principles of 3D printers
Regrettably this project is not public, in other words, We do not have all the documentation to be able to reproduce the project, but really if we look at the machine built, Ryan Bates has not built anything very different from a whole box Prusa, a project that is documented in the Reprap project.
That is, if we are imaginative, With Internet and Free Hardware we can create a claw machine or Super Claw, no need to have Ryan Bates documentation. But this is only for the most imaginative and why not say it, for the most handyman.
Personally, it has caught my attention, because this project despite being based on 3D printer models, the truth is that it is unique, that is, There are not usually many maker users or lovers of Free Hardware who have created a Super Claw machine, maybe because of its mechanical appearance or maybe because nobody had noticed its similarity to 3D printers, I don't know, but it is still curious Do not you think?