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Creating the housing

A project log for Recreating the Jupiter Ace

Recreation of the 'Fastest computer in the Universe' that runs FORTH.

Cees MeijerCees Meijer 05/28/2019 at 09:182 Comments

Since I have not been able to find a decent 3D drawing of the Jupiter ACE housing I created this myself in Designspark Mechanical.

I do not own one to take measurements from, so I collected as much photos as possible, preferably from the sides and top. The only fixed measures I had were those of the PCB, which I used as the basis. Then I placed the photos on different layers and scaled the 3D model until it fits the images.

What I overlooked in the first place was that the housing of the ACE is significantly larger than that of a ZX-80, which I previously printed successfully. So I had to split the model into printable parts.

And once assembled, the top section looks a lot like the original.

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danjovic wrote 10/25/2020 at 12:08 point

I am happy to see the recent progress in your Ace!

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Cees Meijer wrote 10/26/2020 at 07:26 point

So am I ! ;-)

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