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Artwork Print and Cut for HitBox™ Smash Box

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$14.95 (USD)
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CUSTOM-HITBOX-SMASHBOX-ART-TOP
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  • Product Description

    Important: Custom Orders Do Not Ship Separately

    If you place an order for a personalized product along with non-custom products, such as arcade part or merchandise, please note that all products will ship together.  We ask for a minimum of 7-10 business days to process custom orders and prepare for shipping, as we often have a large queue, and personalized orders require additional processing work.  If you desire to receive your non-custom products earlier, then please place two separate orders.  This will allow the non-custom orders to ship within our normal 1-2 business days.


    Plexi Requirements
    Please note that artwork for this Fightstick requires a plexiglass replacement. The original Fightstick panel contains artwork that is permanently attached to it, the panel was not originally designed to accomodate custom artwork, or did not come with a plexi panel. After adding custom artwork to your cart, look for the Fightstick Plexi that matches your Fighstick model.

    Existing AllFightSticks or Junkfood Custom Arcade customers: If you already purchased an enclosure with a plexi top from these respective sites, you do not need to purchase a custom plexi top.

    Control panel artwork represents one of the most convenient means to personalize your fightstick, giving it a new look almost immediately. 

    High Resolution, Color Fidelity

    Artwork prints are developed using a top-of-the-line commercial printer, offering vivid, professional-quality artwork replication. The printer is capable of resolution of 1200dpi (dots per inch), and 6 color ink system (Cyan Magenta Yellow K(Black) + Light Cyan, Light Magenta and White) reproduces artwork over a wide color range.

    Artwork is printed on 10 mil cardstock sheet.  It carries 95% brightness and tensile strength of 100 pounds per inch.  

    Each print is laser cut to your specifications, as presented by available options.  You will receive the print with insert cutouts designed to fit your chosen brand. Gently press downward to remove the cutouts.

    Important Notes about Color Fidelity, Brightness

    • Please do not change the RGB color space of our templates to CYMK when submitting your artwork. Our templates are intentionally designed in the RGB color space to best match most customer's screen expectations. We will not reprint artwork whose template is changed to CYMK color space.
    • Unless properly calibrated to your printer and viewing environment, your monitor does not accurately represent the brightness of paper. Artwork submissions may need adjustment to ensure prints are not too dark. Please read this helpful support article for more information

    Designed for HitBox™ Smash Box

    HitBox Smash Box Template (GameCube, Wii, WiiU, Switch, PC, 2.3Mb zip)

    The Smash Box is one of the first all button layouts that replicates the digital and analog functionality of a Gamecube controller specifically for Super Smash Bros for Gamecube, Wii and Switch. Legal: HitBox™ Arcade is not affiliated with this third-party customization in any way shape or form. It is not officially endorsed by HitBox™ Arcade.

    Install Notes

    Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 1 Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 1a
    Smashbox consists of twenty-four Sanwa arcade buttons that are 24mm in size.  Unlike the Cross|Up or original HitBox, there are no 30mm buttons used in this layout. We begin by removing six screws underneath the case.  These hold the bottom metal and foam panel to the case, and will removing it will expose the internals. 
    Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 2
    With the bottom panel removed, the Smashbox internals presents multiple sets of wires for signal and ground, each attached to an 8-pin connector, which installs onto the custom board. Please use the diagram to identify each signal wire by their position and color indicated in the numbers next to connector row. (ie S1-3 is Signal Row 1, pin 3, a white wire.)
    Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 3  Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 3b
    There are ten rivets used to secure the Smashbox top panel. Rivets work by pushing the top pin into the base, which spreads outwards as the pin displaces the base's structure. One method to remove the rivets from the panel is to use a flathead screwdriver or finger/thumbnail to push the pin upward and outward. 
    Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 3b Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 4
    One rivet is positioned underneath the custom PCB. You will likely need to move the PCB by unscrewing it from its post using a small Phillips screwdriver.  Lay the printed and cut artwork atop the metal panel. You will then place a clear plexi panel atop the artwork and reinstall the rivets.

    Often we find that some customers find the artwork or plexi is offset when they try to install buttons. The reason why this occurs is that the screw holes on both original and our plexi are slightly larger than the original metal panel. This allows for a bit of space when positioning. Before installing the rivets, use your fingers to pinch the artwork and plexi between the button holes to align them with the button holes in the metal panel.
    Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 5 Smashbox Custom Panel Install - Step 6
    The rivet snaps displace the small stands in the bottom once the top cap is inserted. This expands the area around the rivet, locking it in place. Rather than attempting to insert both top cap and rivet button at the same time, try installing the rivet bottom first, then the top cap. This allows the bottom to remain compressed when inserting into the screw hole. Follow up by inserting the top cap, pushing downwards until it seats directly on top of the panel. With the rivets installed, begin re-installing your buttons. Given the amount of wires and buttons, it is a good idea to properly test your controls to confirm that the wiring is reinstalled correctly before closing up the bottom. Use the screws taken from Step 2 to fit the foam padded bottom panel back into place. Congrats!

     Options

    You have several options to personalize your control panel, such as button layout, removal of control panel or screws in some models, button label etching, and text etching.

    CUT BUTTON INSERTS

    Cut Button Inserts

    Plexworks Diagram: Button Artwork Cut Size Comparison

    Pushbutton manufacturers such as Sanwa, Seimitsu, Crown and GamerFinger have each produced specific models with a clear or translucent plastic cap and flat plunger.  These are often used to display a graphical insert, allowing you to enhance the button's appearance.  That said, each button manufacturer has designed the artwork cap with a different diameter than their competitors. For example, GamerFinger's artwork cap has a diameter that is slightly larger than Seimitsu or Sanwa.  An insert cut for a Sanwa artwork cap will fit loosely when inserted into the GamerFinger artwork cap.  This is an undesirable result that can produce a white or colored ring around the insert. 

    Now, you can choose the button insert cut to match the pushbutton you intend to use.  This allows the insert to fit snugly within the cap.

    Brands and Model with Artwork Caps


    In some instances, a button brand or model does not have a 24mm equivalent with art cap.  In this case, we will cut to the default size of Sanwa 24mm insert.

    Please note that if you later intend to purchase a different button, you may need to get new button inserts or new artwork. If you are uncertain which button you may choose, Sanwa is chosen by default.

    24 vs 30mm

    When processing orders, a frequent mistake we found among new players is choosing the wrong size for action buttons, such as punch and kick.

    Within the fighting game genre, Japanese arcade buttons commonly consist of two diameter sizes: 24 millimeter and 30 milllimeter (mm). In most configurations, 30mm represents your action button.  These are front facing, appearing most prominent on your Fightstick control panel.  Option button, such as "Start", "Select", or more recently "Option", "Touch", or "Share" are usually 24mm.

    UPDATE: Owners of Neo Geo AES Joysticks will need 24mm pushbuttons instead of 30mm (Thanks SRK's DEZALB)

    Below is a visual representation of a common Fightstick control panel.  Throughout this article, we will mark 24mm in green, and 30mm in Orange.

    Common joystick configuration

    Checking the Proper Size

    button-30mm.pngAnother way that players can misinterpret the pushbutton size is by measuring the pushbutton plunger.  Have a look at the diagram at right.

    The plunger - the part that you press down to represent an input - is 25mm or a bit smaller in most 30mm pushbuttons.  Often this leads to the conclusion that one needs a 24mm button and not 30mm.

    Similarly measuring the button rim can lead to confusion, as it is intentionally larger than the button hole it is placed in.  You don't want to use these measurements.  Instead, review the button housing diameter, or the hole the button will be placed in.  You can do this with a caliper - a digital caliper is often quite helpful for this and other arcade-related projects.

    Control Panel Configuration

    Most Fightsticks from MadCatz, Hori, Qanba, and similar will use these two sizes.  How the buttons are used will depend on the model joystick that you own. Over time, we'll provide example configurations for specific popular Fightstick models and arcade cabinets using the color key for 24mm (green) and 30mm (orange).  We'll also expand the key for future models if another size is introduced, and we offer for sale.

     

    24vs30mm Hitbox Example
    HRAP and Qanba Model Configuration
    MadCatz Model Configuration
    Qanba Q1 and Mayflash/Venom Model Configuration

    Image Edit

    If you would like to use a free, online Photoshop-like app to check out whether your artwork will work with a layout we offer, I highly recommend Photopea new-window-icon.png This amazing app works with our PSD templates and is a great way to preview your artwork or create new art files. It also exports to PSD, which is the format we recommend for submitting artwork.

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    Support

    New to FA Plexworks?

    Click the "Options" tab for a detailed explanation of each customization option available to you. Using a mobile device?  Click here to scroll to the descriptions.

    Artwork templates

    We offer a photoshop template for each custom artwork or custom plexi etch. Click the "Description" tab (or scroll up if on mobile device) to display the template and download. You can also click here to access our repository and download artwork and etch templates (in Photoshop PSD format) for your desired model and others.

    Important: Using templates outside of the ones we provide may produce unwanted output.  We are not responsible for output generated from unsupported templates.  More information here.

    Warranty and Support for FA Plexworks Custom Order

    Custom orders cannot be returned for refund, or exchanged for another custom order. Orders damaged upon arrival are subject to special terms within our return policy. Please see our FA Plexworks FAQ for more information about our Plexworks return policy and related Q&A.

    If you have not used our Plexworks custom services before, we recommend that you visit our support section for updated information, helpful tips, and resources to get the best output.

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    • FA Plexworks Custom Fightstick Artwork Services
      This video explains the many options available to you when cho...

    FA Plexworks Custom Fightstick Artwork Services

    This video explains the many options available to you when choosing custom FA Plexworks services at focusattack.com. We also cover important tips and references for properly uploading artwork when placing an order. Visit https://www.focusattack.com/customize/ to place an order for custom Fightstick artwork, a replacement acrylic top, or even laser etched design on acrylic. For additional information about FA Plexworks, download templates, and additional tips on how to submit artwork, visit our support portal http://bit.ly/fa-plexworks-support Big thanks to Naota for his pro-tier production! ** Artwork pictures are sample illustrations. All printed artwork is submitted by the user, and not sold directly on the website.
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