Freeplay CM3 DIY Kit

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 2 customer ratings
(2 customer reviews)

$169.99$199.99

This is the Freeplay CM3, as seen on the Freeplay Zero / Freeplay CM3 by Freeplaytech Kickstarter campaign.

This circuit board is slightly different than versions prior to 2019.  It now comes with the backlight brightness controller built in, and it has new options for how you, the builder, can implement the X/Y buttons (options detailed below).  In addition, each Freeplay CM3 DIY Kit now comes with the Freeplaytech Glass LCD Lens Screen Cover included!

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Description

We ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for this product. That campaign may provide additional details about this product, so please check out the Freeplay Zero / Freeplay CM3 Kickstarter Campaign Page to learn more.

You will need to supply several accessories to successfully assemble a working Freeplay CM3 using this kit.

The Freeplay CM3 DIY Kit Includes

  • Freeplay CM3 Circuit Board (shown in red)
  • Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 Lite (pre-attached shown in green)
  • 3.2″ LCD
  • Freeplaytech Glass LCD Lens Screen Cover (for that finishing touch)
  • Built-in Brightness Controller
  • Heatsink
  • Freeplay CM3 Keychain/Charm
  • 2 Gray X/Y Button Caps (if you are choosing a long clicky X/Y build)
  • X/Y Button Drill Guide (if you are choosing a long clicky X/Y build)

Necessary Additions

  • Micro SD Card
  • GBA-Style Shell & Rubber Button Pads (some shells include the pads)
  • Full set of Rubber Button Pads (some shells include the pads or we carry them here)
  • Battery (we carry this perfect fit 2000mAh battery)
  • Extra Set Of A/B Button Caps, if you are doing a soft-rubber X/Y build
  • Extra A/B Rubber Button Pad, if using silicone pads for X/Y buttons (we carry rubber button pad sets)

Optional Additions

Please see https://www.retromodding.com/collections/freeplaytechs-freeplay-zero-cm3/products/build-to-order-freeplay-zero-cm3 for any accessories that you may need that we don’t offer. On that page, you can also request to have Retro Modding build your Freeplay CM3 DIY Kit for you.

Freeplay CM3 DIY Kit X/Y Button Options

Freeplay CM3 Soft Button Options Video
You can choose to not install X/Y buttons. That will make the shell modification process easier. If you choose to install X/Y buttons, you have 3 main options: silicone-rubber pad, rubber-nipple buttons, or long tactile sub-PCB. Check out this Freeplay CM3 Build Video Detailing The New X/Y Button Options, if you want to see how the build will work and look.

  • The “long tactile sub-PCB” method is the most tried and true method, because it has been implemented on MANY Freeplay Zero/CM3 builds up until this point. You must make 2 holes in your shell (one above A and one above B) and you may choose to install button caps in these holes or just leave the small tactile button shaft protruding through the shell.
  • The “silicone-rubber pad” method uses a second set of the normal A/B button caps and a second A/B silicone rubber pad from your GBA-style shell to create another 2 buttons. We now carry sets of the silicone-rubber pads here. You must create new holes in the shell and cut up the rubber pads. Note that you will need extra A/B button caps to implement this option. You will also need to move the speaker away from the bottom button to implement this option.
  • The “rubber-nipple buttons” method uses a second set of the normal A/B button caps from your GBA-style shell and a set of 4 rubber-nipple buttons to create another 2 buttons. You must create new holes in the shell, modify the 2 sets of A/B button caps, and modify the existing A/B button holes in the shell. Note that you will need extra A/B button caps to implement this option. You will also need to move the speaker away from the bottom button to implement this option.
Soft-Rubber Feel X/Y Buttons
This option will come with 4 square-base rubber-nipple buttons (as shown in the photo below). If you want to build using the rubber pads instead, you will need to supply a second silicon-rubber A/B button pad (as shown in the photo below). You can choose which you would like to use for your build. The rubber-nipple buttons will need to be soldered on, if you choose to use them. If you choose to use the silicon-rubber pad, the build can be solderless.

Long Clicky Pre-Soldered X/Y Buttons
This option will be just like the pre-2019 Freeplay CM3 models. The long clicky X/Y buttons will be on a sub-PCB that sits under the main PCB. If you choose this option, the buttons will come pre-soldered to the board. Your kit will come with an X/Y button drill guide to assist you with your build and 2 gray X/Y button caps.

Additional information

Weight 5 oz
Dimensions 7 × 5 × 1.5 in

2 reviews for Freeplay CM3 DIY Kit

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Dave C (verified owner)

    Went together pretty easily, and was a lot of fun.

    Downloaded the incorrect base SD card image, but support helped me figure that out right away. And having a forum to go to, and ask questions(and get answers) is also very nice. So if your on the fence, take that into consideration.

    Also, the quality of the kit itself is very nice. Love the options you have! You can build it right out of the box, or go wild with addon boards, joysticks etc. And you don’t have to re-invent the wheel to do it. Good documentation available. Very happy I didn’t chicken out, and took the plunge.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    David Covey (verified owner)

    Fun build, great results!

    I received my CM3 kit very quickly, and was excited to start putting it together. The video documentation is great, and the build went very smooth.

    It takes a little bit of patience and the proper tools to clean out the Gameboy Advance case, but once you get it done the board / screen fits perfectly!

    I can’t be more please with the outcome, and I even used my 3D printer to make an IO Cover and Cartridge cover for my case to really complete the look. ( You can find the models on Thingiverse )

    I will definitely be purchasing a few more kits for my family!

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