Controlling a custom "homebrew" machine with MPF
Details for how to build custom machine hardware are covered on the PinballMakers.com Wiki. We cover some general areas here and suggest that you investigate those on your own. Contributions to the guide (and the rest of the documentation are welcome).
If you want to use MPF to power a new custom pinball machine that you build yourself, you should buy new custom driver boards. There are a few common choices:
- FAST Pinball
- CobraPin Pinball Controller
- Multimorphic P3-Roc
- Open Pinball Project (OPP)
- LISY Home (custom pinball version of LISY)
- Arduino Pinball Controller
FAST and Multimorphic are both commercial systems. OPP is an open source/open hardware project which is cheaper to buy, but barebones and requires some time and skill. CobraPin is based on OPP with the goal of making OPP more accessible and provides somewhat of an all-in-one solution.
You might also want to some more control boards for servos, steppers and light. Common choices are:
See the Hardware Section for all hardware supported by MPF.
Power and Wiring
You should invest some time into at the beginning of your custom pinball journey into your power supply and wiring.
Parts and Assemblies
MPF supports a varity of pinball mechs. You can have a look at manuals of existing machines to find numbers of mechs. For homebrew machines it is wise to buy assemblies of mechs. Mostly, because mechs consist of a lot of parts and you will likely fail to order all of them at once. Additionally, assemblies are often cheaper.
There are a few shops such as Pinballlife which offer assemblies. They also have a homebrew section which is worth checking out. Other shops such as Marcos Specialities offer more parts but are less focused on homebrew.
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