Encasing

Table of contents

  1. Encasing options
  2. Andrew Davie's 3D print shell
  3. bah's tutorial
  4. Labeling the PlusCart cartridge
  5. Additional hacks

Encasing options

For encasing the PlusCart PCB there are two possibilities:

Andrew Davie's 3D print shell

Andrew Davie has done a very nice 3D print shell for the PlusCart at thingiverse

bah's tutorial

Thanks to AtariAge user bah for this nice tutorial.

Tools:

  • pair of sharp side cutters
  • hobby knife
  • and a donor atari game

Open up a donor game. You don't need the screw or old game board.

After cleaning up the cases, take the back case

Cut off the screw post.

Next take the front case

Remove both locking tabs

Cut out the upper side walls. Both sides.

You are not done yet, undercut those side walls. Both sides.

Cut off the 2 small walls at the top of the case, some cases don't have these.

Test fit your board and see if the notches fit, maybe more undercutting is needed

If it fits nice with minimal force, remove the board, assemble the dust cover and reinstall the board.

Snap on the back shell and see if both sides come together. Test it in your Atari.

If everything fits good and operates, install your labels, DONE.

BAH 2-15-20

Labeling the PlusCart cartridge

There is an interesting video about labeling Atari cartridges in the AtariAge forum: Cleaning and Relabeling Atari Cartridges

Additional hacks

If you are using a 'red label' Atari cartridge for encasing the board. You might encounter some space between the notches and the board. A tie-wrap will prevent the board from wiggling sideways (see picture).

Thanks to AtariAge user Dionoid for this hack.