Build an Arcade Style DDR Pad


1 - materials and tools
2 - solid panels
3 - ddr pad base
4 - acrylic panes
5 - supports and switches
6 - wiring the ddr pad
7 - finished ddr pad

4 - Acrylic Panes




 
This is the East Character I used on my Dance Dance Revolution pads.
This is the North Character I used on my Dance Dance Revolution pads.
This is the South Character I used on my Dance Dance Revolution pads.
This is the West Character  I used on my Dance Dance Revolution pads.
This is the pad getting to where it actually looks like a ddr pad! Here I have cut the 10 7/8" sq acrylic panels and I'm testing their fit into the pad.

The fit should be trimmed to fit in easily. If it's tight, your arrows will stick. You'll need two pieces of acrylic for each arrow. If you look carefully, you will see markings on the plexiglass. These mark where I will cut the plexiglass to make it octagonal.  Which is covered in the next image.
This depicts an acrylic pane with a corner brace over it.  The black line across the corner is where the corner brace's edge matches up on the plexiglass. The red line symbolizes where you should cut the  plexiglass(or other acrylic). There should be an edge that sits under the corner brace, but there should also be some space before where the screws will be.
This is the corner of the acrylic panel after I marked it using the method in the previous step.

I will cut it on the line corresponding with the red line in the previous step.
Here's the acrylic with the corners cut.   It is sitting in the space for it, but I don't have the switches or anything underneath it, so it's sitting a bit low but otherwise a perfect fit.
This picture is showing that there is still an edge of acrylic that will sit under the corner brace after it is cut.
If you would like to suggest something or comment on my metal ddr pad design, please email me at riptide@wubros.com