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3D printed Nintendo NES case for Raspberry Pi – 3D Printing Industry

by • July 31, 2016 • No Comments

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Do you remember the great old Nintendo NES?
Original NES console advert
It came out in Australia the year I was born, and my initially 6 years of life were filled with Atari and Sega, so I nat any time owned one personally. My initially Nintendo experience was with the SNES (and I’ve been a Nintendo junkie at any time since), but I always regretted nat any time owning Nintendo’s quite initially widely distributed console. With the announcement of the Classic Mini, I idea I may have to wait until November to get my hands on one.
Blogger daftmike has brought my dream of being a NES owner a little nearer. The hardware hacker has managed to incorporate his Raspberry Pi with a 3D printed NES case. At 40% the original’s dimensions, the whole console took around 6.5 hours to print (including the alter in filaments for colors). He has actually printed a small controller and functional game cartridges!!jn8tnno7xvt753aokei4
“It was inevitable… I have a Raspberry Pi, I have a 3D printing device, I’m a massive nerd… At a few point I was going to print a case for it in the shape of the old Nintendo Entertainment System.” he writes on his blog.
Raspberry Pi NES controller by daftmike
Whilst there are many 3D printable editions of the console on the market on sites like Thingiverse, daftmike decided he wanted to create one of scratch that may go above and beyond what had come preceding. He incorporated his Raspberry Pi with RetroPi, measured his original NES for scale, but many likely the many astounding thing of daftmike’s process is that unlike the official Nintendo November release edition, it comes with game cartridges. The official console can be pre-loaded with 30 games of the original NES, and the cartridge slot can not open (sad face). Daftmike’s cartridges are 3D printed and can be inserted into the machine, that has a functional slot (happy face!). Not just that, but they are equipped with NFC tags, meaning he has loaded the games onto the cartridges (kind of), and they are read on an NFC reader inserted into the machine. In the demo video at a lower place, he demonstrates how he loads and alters the games on the NFC tags.

The Nintendo nostalgia I am feeling right now is palpable, and I cannot wait to put my own 3D printed NES together. Daftmike has left surprisingly detailed instructions on at any timey step on his blog, so head over and find out how to manufacture your own.
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Raspberry Pi NES case by daftmike
A side by side comparison of original and 3D printed mini edition. Image courtesy daftmike.
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