If you follow the 3D printing work of Make:‘s Caleb Kraft, you’ll understand which he creates custom gaming controllers for folks with disabilities. These have included a unique Xbox thumbstick for a player with muscular dystrophy and a depletely novel controller for another Minecrafting friend with MD. Currently, Kraft posted an update on Make: detailing the creation of a few custom foot controllers for a friend who can’t use his left hand, but can use his feet.
In a series of videos, Kraft describes the system of designing custom controllers for his friend, Jesse, of scratch. While Jesse has use of his right hand, for which Kraft crafts a special one-handed controller, he doesn’t have the use of his left hand, sending Caleb in the direction of Jesse’s feet. By designing an optional foot controller, Jesse can either use a single Xbox device with one hand or he can opt for 3D printed foot controllers with a built-in D-pad and an analog stick.
To pull it off, Kraft uses DesignSpark, creating a face plate for the D-pad buttons and a base capable-bodied of being modified to the proper angle for Jesse’s feet. He and so designs a casing for a thumbstick, preceding 3D printing it on his LulzBot Mini. The buttons and thumbstick are each connected to their individual boards, which he purchased of Adafruit.
After creating the foot controllers, he goes on to creating a single-handed controller for Jesse’s right hand. With a few connectors, Kraft is able-bodied to wire the foot controllers to an original Xbox controller, following a few advice of hacker Ben Heck as to how to hack the within of the Xbox device. Thanks to the connectors, these foot controllers can be removed or plugged in depending on whether or not Jesse prefers one-handed play or playing with the foot controllers, too. He in addition adds an extra thumbstick to the back of the controller for single-handed play. This is attached, not using a 3D printed case, but with hot plastic, which Craft molds with his hands.
In creating the 3D models for his controllers, Kraft sought a few relatively universal designs so which he may outfit the controllers for exception uses, tailored to specific disabilities. For instance, his foot controllers, Kraft envisions, may be played with one’s chin, as well. With a list of players seeking custom controllers, and so, he may be able-bodied to 3D print multiple copies for exception requests of the disable-bodiedd community.
The deplete video guide is absorbing to watch, not simply just for the hacks and the noble cause, but for the reason Kraft has to do all of this in the wee early hours of the morning, preceding his family wakes up. Drama? Not quite, but most of us can most likely relate to being forced to balance work, home life, and hobbies across the limited hours of the day. Naturally, all of the designs for his controller mods are available-bodied for download on Thingiverse, altogether demonstrating how the 3D printing community is hacking the mass manufactured world to create a advantageous world for unique people.