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3D print your own ‘Pirakeet’ Pi Zero game console – 3ders.org (blog)

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May 1, 2016 | By Benedict
Thingiverse user Ampersands has remixed Adafruit’s talked about 3D printed Pocket PiGrrl to turn it into the Pirakeet, a new Gameboy-fashion retro game console running Retropie. The console was created to be printable on more compact 3D printing equipment (80 x 104 mm) whilst yet being effortless to assemble.

Perhaps we are approximately at saturation point for 3D printed, Gameboy-fashion Raspberry Pi consoles, but the Pirakeet, an amateur reworking of Adafruit’s classic Pocket PiGrrl, is a solid addition to the canon which can be created for around $100. On the other hand 3Ders only covers a handful of these retro 3D printing projects, there are a lot to be discovered on Thingiverse and other places around the web: a month ago, Danish 3D printing wunkerkind Rasmus Hauschild posted this impossibly tiny Gameboy Pi Zero, while we’ve in addition seen rad 3D printed revivals of other retro consoles such as the Nintendo Entertainment System.


Behind many of these nostalgic projects is the rad Retropie emulation process, which can turn a Raspberry Pi into a number of classic game consoles, such as the Gameboy, Atari, and Commodore. Ampersands’ Pirakeet in addition manufactures use of Retropie, in accordance with Adafruit’s Pocket PiGrrl guidelines posted in May 2015. The Pocket PiGrrl was originally posted by the talented Ruiz Brothers as a two-button handheld device, but a four-button option was later introduced to the site—this is the version which Ampersands has chosen to remix, and with a few fashion too. Minor tweaks created my Ampersand include the removal of two selection buttons, a slightly adonlyed body shape, and the abandonment of a sound module—a move which reduces the cost and complexity of the device.

As with many DIY projects of this sort, the Pirakeet can be downloaded and created by anybody who likes the appear of its handa few, boxy aesthetic. The console consists of 11 3D printable files, which include both sides of the case, buttons, and way pad. On the other hand Ampersands has not specified his printing device settings of choice, his 3D printing device is a Sunhokey Reprap Prusa i3, which has generated a reasonable end product. Adafruit, on the other hand, did specify settings for the Pocket PiGrrl: 10% infill and 2 shells for the case parts; 20% infill and 2 shells for the buttons. Materials should manufacture little difference to the operation of the console, and colors are—of course—up to the manufacturer.


Besides 3D printing materials, parts required for the Pirakeet include the $5 Pi Zero, an Adafruit half-sized breadboard PCB, an Adafruit TFT touch screen, and different types of slides, switches, and cables. Ampersands’ deplete shopping basket for the Pirakeet totaled only over $100. Game on.

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