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Our new injection mold for VB shells is complete and tested! Can see the images and attached video.

The mold is professionally made for automation, long-life, part injection pins, cooling lines, and shut-off valve between four cavities. Two cavities for regular shells, the other two for a new shell that is part of a new Vintex 64 product line that coming soon!

Right now, we’re finalizing Plastic-type, which is not easy. As the official VB shells use a special high-grade ABS that surprised our molding shop and ABS supplier. They normally don’t deal with that high of a quality ABS.

The Regular Shell side of mold are very similar to the OEM shell, but with some changes. No Patent info on the back, bigger/heavier VB Logo at the grip, and more space inside the shell for bigger chips and PCB (something we really needed at our end).

The first production run will be grey in color but also look at clear shells. Let us know if have any thoughts on other colors or would like the clear shell option.

The Plan is to use up our existing OEM shells this year. Then make an official announcement when the change to new injection-molded shells. So, we’re still using regular OEM shells for time being.

Many thanks to all our past, current, & future customers who orders/support made this a reality!

All the best,

The Vintex 64 team

  • This topic was modified 1 month, 4 weeks ago by Vintex 64.
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Hi Vintex 64 Team, what a great idea with the clear shells.
Since my first Virtual Boy, I’ve always thought how would look like a VB with a transparent case where you can see the fantastic technology inside the case.
As with some original limited Gamboy and N64 types.
I’m looking forward to it!
Thank you Vintex 64 Team!

very awesome! would be in for a clear case

I think clear cartridge shells would look cool. With that in mind, I don’t suppose a clear red and clear black shell would be possible? You could take that a step further and have let’s say the front shell clear red and back shell in a clear black. I think that would look super cool as it would match the VB colour scheme (notice that front/top part of the VB is red while the bottom/back is black). Not sure how good solid red/black shells would look but I have seen clear red shells and clear black shells in other homebrew communities for consoles like the Vectrex and Atari Jaguar.

i can’t believe it, impressive!!!

I know the cost of design and build this kind of plastic mold, plus four cavities, around 30.000usd? is it profitable in 2022? or just for fun.

really impressive…

 

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