first of all, let me introduce myself:
I am a 22 years old architecture student from southern Brazil. I love music and arts and love building and tweaking with things. Things I've built include guitars, effect pedals and a tube amplifier. The main reason I build things is because I believe this extremely industrialized world we live in suffocates the personality of each person - so I like things customized as to reflect the uniqueness of each individual. Well, enough about me and on to what matters on this forum!
I recently came across this forum when searching for info about how to build my own cintiq like tablet and now just finished my very own build!
I decided to do a pictorial from my build, and this is why: several people come here to the forum looking for a step-by-step guide to build their own Sim-tiqs. There are a lot of tech junkies and electronic diy'ers here but there are also a lot of people that never built anything before, but would really like to get into the Sim-tiq world.
These people had Drew's log, which has a lot of pics and is great, specially since he found such a great match of monitor plus tablet.
But now I believe I have had even more luck than Drew! My build was done, from first disassembly of tablet and monitor to end of assembly of the simtiq in only 4 days!
I have to give Lady Luck her merit, because it was just that, luck! I have a lot of electronic experience and knowledge, but really nothing that could help me here!
I could say the models I used for this build were simply made for each other, and this is why I decided to make the pictorial. This build can be pretty straightforward, no big issues to resolve making it iideal for a beginner to have his shot! Ok, on to it!Materials used:
Wacom UD1212R from eBay - 27 dollars plus 45 dollars shipping - still cheaper than a crappy tablet here in Brazil
A wacom is totally worth it. I have a Genius tablet and there is no comparison. The wacom is sturdy and precise, plus it has a great driver software. It would be hell to map this thing on the Genius driver.LG L1553S bought new - about 140 dollars in local store
This monitor was actually the only 15" 4:3 ratio I could find in my town! The stores carry only widescreen models now, except for this one, from which they had just a few left. But it still looked really promising: really thin monitor with external power source. After I bought it I found out it even runs on the same voltage as the tablet! Only one power source needed!8 inches of CCFL cable (4 inches for each polarity)
This must have at least 2kV insulation, 3kV to be sure (the voltage peak on a common CCFL can be of about 1.8kV!)12"x9" piece of clear acrylic sheet, 2mm thick
2mm is thick enough as to better distribute the pressure on the screen and still not too thick as to become a problem on parallax. But if you are not too afraid as I to damage your screen, you could go less, I think... But 2mm is the thickness so that the acrylic later leves to the rest of the tablet
And of course electrical tape, pliers, screwdrivers, knives... A soldering iron is really recommended
for the extension of the backlight cable. And a dremel really makes the job easier!
Ok, I'll gather the first pictures and be back in a bit with the first part of the pictorial!