Homemade pinball: how to make one of these entertainment machines

Homemade pinball

Now that it is time to be at home, to confine yourself, you can make yourself a machine of Homemade pinball and so we can hang out. You have several options to achieve this, as I will now tell you and making use of everyday development boards such as Arduino or the Raspberry Pi. Maybe you still have certain devices at home for it and enough material to get down to it as a good maker.

If you don't have the ingredients for this recipe, you can buy them online without a problem. These services will remain active during these weeks of coronavirus lockdown. Therefore, the material will be guaranteed so that you can distract yourself and isolate yourself from what is happening in these difficult times. And once the project is complete, play some games with your loved ones ...

Remember that there are also emulators for Raspberry Pi that can turn this SBC into a retro arcade machine.

Pinball and its history

bagatelle pinball story

It was, and still is, a type of very popular arcade machine. There are many fans who still enjoy them in arcades where they still remain, but there are also those who have them in their own games room at home. With the flourishing of the maker community and DIY projects, you can also create one of these Pinballs cheaply.

You have various names, such as pinball, flipper, but it is also known as petacos, pimbola, etc. Whatever you call it, the operation and juice procedure is the same in all. Although the elements it has, the difficulty, and the theme of the decoration vary.

It's based on a ball that is propelled by a spring at the beginning and that will go through the entire circuit or board with different designs and ornaments. The ball will bounce or change direction in the presence of these elements, and will fall towards the lower zone due to the inclination of this machine.

The idea is that it does not slip through the hole, or you will lose said ball (like a life). To do this, you have at your disposal some controls that will move two paddles or flippers. With them you will be able to throw the ball upwards again, and according to the route and elements of the decoration with which it interferes, a score will be added.

It seems weird to explain how such a popular machine works, but surely there will be some younger who may not have seen any Pinball machine… It became popular in the 60s and 70s, where it was very popular in taverns, clubs, ice cream parlors, bars, casinos and arcades.

I'm remembering now Jeri Ellsworth (Tilt Five), who I was lucky enough to interview recently, and who loves these parlor games. And by the way, unlike many other similar games, this one was not born in the United States.

El origin of Pinball was in Europe. It dates back to the XNUMXth century, in France. There, very rudimentary games called Bagatelle began to be commercialized and which became famous in all European countries. It consisted of a horizontal board on a table and with a series of holes and wooden stops in which you had to aim for the ball to travel the circuit.

Little by little that evolved until in the 30s - 40s, engineers Arthur Paulin Whiffle and David Gottlieb of Automatic Industries began to integrate more modern elements into the game. And Harry Williams would invent a coil electromagnet system called Tilt (missing) to avoid cheating.

Then, a few decades later, they continued to evolve, until the popularization of American Pinball Machines Williams Manufacturing Company. They would flood the youth arcades of the late 70s and early 80s.

Have a Pinball machine at home


HR options are severalFrom buying a machine to creating it yourself. Here I will try to explain both ways so that you can choose the one that interests you the most in each case. In addition, I will put purchase links so that you can access all the material you need from home ...

Buy your Pinball machine

Es the most comfortable option, and with which you can obtain the best result by having a finished product with guarantees. For this, you can buy both some that are for the smallest toy type, even more professional options and similar to those you have in recreational areas, but in your own home. For example:

Create your own homemade Pinball machine

The other option, the favorite of makers, is a DIY project to create your own Homemade pinball, without having to buy it already made. For that there are several projects on the net that you can follow. Some of them very interesting. In order not to repeat content, or to cut corners, I prefer to show you other interesting projects already developed that are tested so that you can choose the one that interests you the most.

I have selected The most interesting so you don't have to bother ...

  • Leroy marlin has a wood mechanical proposal. It is similar to the video that I have left you in this cardboard section. It can be a good initiative for the little ones, if you have children at home.
  • DIY electronic pinball de Instructables. The fellow Instructables community has one of the best projects to make an electronic Pinball similar to the ones you can buy. You just have to use Arduino for it.

I recommend that so that they are not exactly the same as the originals, you give them a much more touch personalized. Instead of using wood, if you have one printer 3D, what you can do is use printed pieces to make it even better. Or you can combine a wooden frame and 3D printed details.

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