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Artwork Print and Cut for Qanba Crystal/Q2 Glow

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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 customers: If you purchased an AllFightSticks enclosure with a plexi top from allfightsticks.com, you do not need to purchase a custom plexi top.

    Qanba Q2 Fightstick
    The artwork and plexi services are for Qanba Crystal for PS4/3 and Qanba Q2 Glow.  The Qanba Q2 features a non-Vewlix layout, which is not compatible with the plexi and artwork offered here.

    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, whether submitted as RGB or CMYK.

    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.

    Sized for Qanba Crystal and Q2 Pro Glow. Install Notes

    Qanba Q2 Glow (PS3/PC) Qanba Q2 Crystal (PS4/PS3)
    Crystal, Q2 Pro Glow (Not Q2 Original) Panel Template (1.7Mb zip)

    The Qanba Crystal PS4/PS3/PC Fightstick for PS3/PS4 is a modern derivative of the earlier Qanba Q2 Glow.  The plexi is designed specifically to fit model, closely matching the thickness of the original panel.  Some important notes while installing and replacing your pushbuttons:

    Crystal Artwork Plexi Install Step 1 Crystal Artwork Plexi Install Step 2
    The original panel has artwork permanently attached to it. To replace the original panel, you must first remove the 6 black stickers and epoxy glue below those stickers across the top and bottom area of the panel. The top panel's conical screws are reused for the replacement plexi, so please do not discard them.  Instead, clean them of any epoxy and set aside. To access the Crystal's internals, you must remove the bottom metal panel.  Use a Phillips head screwdriver to loosen the screws that hole the metal panel in place.  The screw at top right is hidden by a tamper warranty sticker.  
    Crystal Artwork Plexi Install Step 3 Crystal Artwork Plexi Install Step 4
    The internal wiring for button inputs or LED lighting is not color-coded.  Before disconnecting the wire from each button, it is recommended that you label each wire according to the console's button input. Remove each of the quick disconnects using a needle nose plier and pinching the tiny tabs in each QCD, then pull up. The same pliers can be used to remove the LED connectors.  Pinch onto the white connector, then pull up.
    Crystal Artwork Plexi Install Step 5 Crystal Artwork Plexi Install Step 6
    Unlike most Fightsticks, the snapbuttons do not attach to the metal panel. Instead they snap to the acrylic panel, and are held down by the plexi panel's screws.  Because of the unique hole construction on the Crystal's metal panel, you must install snapbuttons into the panel with same orientation as the original snapbuttons that came with the Obsidian.  The tabs fit into grooves that jut from the top and bottom of each button hole on the metal panel. The underlying panel requires this orientation or the snapbutton tabs may break upon trying install or remove the buttons. The replacement plexi panel holes are made slightly wider to provide a better fit. Please note: Artwork is specifically cut with the tabs; otherwise, the plastic tabs from snapbuton will push against the artwork, warping it.

    A tip for lining up artwork into clear buttons: Because the buttons must be installed specifically into the Crystal's button hole tabs, you cannot rotate the button to line up with installed artwork.  Instead, follow these steps to line up the button artwork:

    1. First, take apart the button via plunger and rim.
    2. Place the button rim at the correct orientation to drop into the button hole.
    3. Next, insert your artwork into the clear button cap, then position the cap and plunger at the correct orientation to drop into the pushbutton's housing.  This is commonly where the left and right tabs holes appear in the button rim.  If the artwork doesn't line up, remove the plunger, and rotate the artwork with your finger.
    4. Keep rotating until it properly lines up with the artwork on the control panel, then assemble the button together for drop in.

     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.

    REMOVING DEFAULT ELEMENTS | Q2/CRYSTAL GLOW BUTTON CUT INSERT | CUT BUTTON INSERTS

    Layout Configuration

    Each Fightstick has its own characteristics, with some sharing similar elements, such as the popular Vewlix button layout. We will specify what options are available for each Fightstick. Below are the most common button layout configurations:

    8 Button Vewlix
    First 6 Buttons
    Last 6 Buttons
    7 Button Vewlix
    8 Button Vewlix
    First 6 Buttons
    Last 6 Buttons
    7 Button Vewlix

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    Removing Default Elements 

    Some Fightsticks, such as the popular MadCatz TE, offer additional personalization options by removing default elements such as control panel, start button, or screws.  Cut options are defaulted to their authentic counterpart, displayed as [YES (default)] in the options list.  For example, a MadCatz TE, the default configuration is to have the turbo/guide portion of the control panel cut, so that the control panel can fit properly.  You have the option to select [NO] to prevent cutting these areas.  

    Cut Control Panel? [NO]
    Cut Start Buttons [NO]
    Cut Middle and/or Bottom Screws? [NO]
    Cut Control Panel? [NO]
    Cut Start Button? [NO]
    Cut Middle and/or Bottom Screws? [NO]

    Cut Control Panel? [NO] - If you own a MadCatz TE, and installed a PS360+, you may no longer need the Turbo/Guide area of the control panel, located at top left.  This option allows you to remove the Turbo/Guide portion.  Please note that you MUST remove the actual control panel on the TE by unscrewing it before applying the plexi, or you risk damaging the plexi.  Also, please make certain to select this option if you are also choosing to have artwork printed, or the plexi and artwork won't match.

    Cut Start Button? [NO] - On some joysticks - such as the Qanba Q4 - the start button is directly on the panel.  You can select to have this removed.  You can also select this should you desire a panel similar to the Eightarc Fusion or Synthesis series Fightstick, as the start button is moved elsewhere.  Again, this option is available on specific joysticks.

    Cut Middle and/or Bottom Screws? [NO] - Selecting "no" on this option allows you to remove the middle top and bottom screw holes on specific joysticks, either for a cleaner appearance or to avoid rubbing your wrist against the screw.  Please reconsider this option if you intend to have a full panel etch on your plexi, as etching physically changes portions of the plexi due to heat.  In this case, it is best to leave the screw holes in place in order to keep the panel securely positioned.

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    Button Cut for Qanba Q2 Glow

    Qanba Crystal and Q2 Glow feature buttons manufactured by Qanba.  These buttons have a smaller cap diameter, and thus require a smaller artwork insert.  If you plan to keep the Qanba Crystal or Q2 Glow buttons installed when updating your artwork, please choose the option "Crystal/Q2 Glow".

    Qanba Crystal Button Example

    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

    Template

    Click here to access and download plexiglass templates (in Photoshop PSD format) for your desired model.  

    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.

    Support

    New to FA Plexworks?

    Click the "Options" tab for a detailed explanation of each laser etch and cut options available to you.  Using a mobile device?  Click here to scroll to the descriptions.

    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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    1. Great material! Fast shipping!

      My experience with focus attack was great! Shipping speed was fast! The product was very well packaged! Everything arrived safely! Artwork fit in naturally underneath! Just remember to get a clear top, to show off the new artwork! on Aug 5th 2019

    2. Better than expected

      I honestly thought this would be a normal piece of paper with the image printed on. Something you could do at home.
      It's a high quality image resolution on a thick paper that's sturdy and you dont need to be extra careful of creasing.

      Really enjoy it. Would order again.
      on Jun 12th 2019

    3. Custom artwork

      It honestly came out better than expected! on Apr 24th 2019

    4. FANTASTIC! SIMPLE FANTASTIC!

      https://twitter.com/TwonFromWakanda/status/1030211651717525505 on Aug 23rd 2018

    5. Art print out.

      Ordered a print-out cut artwork for Qanba Crystal. Looks great, size fits. The rules and standarts to draw it - are easy to do and follow.

      Satisfied with the product. Though Qanba Crystal users beware as you will also need to order the plexi panel, since on the Qanba Crystal original plexi panel there are symbols drawn on the plexi itself so it will cover up your art.

      Also thought that the print out will be printed out on some kind of thick vinyl, but it was on thick paperish material instead. Does not spoil anything though.
      on Apr 20th 2018

  • Product Videos

    • 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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