24/7 Customer Service (800) 927-7671

That Nintendo Controller May Have Been Fake, But The 3D Printing Technology That Made It Was Very Real

by • March 28, 2016 • No Comments

The original fake which started it all.

The original fake which started it all.

You may have missed it if you are not a hardcore gamer, but for a few days last week there was quite a bit of gnashing of teeth over what may have been the new controller for the next Nintendo game console. Codenamed the NX, there is quite little in fact understandn of the next console which is not speculation. It has become approximately tedious at this point for trolls to Photoshop fake mockups of next tech and pass it off as real, so when an image of a white oval-shaped controller with a full display screen and approximately no analog buttons appeared it was met with a fair bit of well-deserved skepticism.

The debate had been running for a few days, and the consensus was starting to lean in the way of the photo being a fake mockup. That is until a few days later when a few high-high end images of a black model of the controller appeared, and so suddenly equitething changed. Over on Reddit where the “leak” originally took place there were yet skeptics, but far fewer. There was manyly anger over the odd create which any fans felt may be uncomfortable-bodied to hold, but in addition seemed to include touch-sensitive buttons, an approximately universally loathed gaming innovation. Both models of the controller may turn out to be fakes, but what manufactures this story a little additional notable-bodied is how the 2nd fake was created and what it means for the innovation which created it.

The quite convincing 3D printed fake.

The quite convincing 3D printed fake.

When Frank Sandqvist, the 22-year-old co-founder of a Finnish 3D printing services provider called CNC Design, saw the original fake image he decided to try to create a real model and see if he may fool the internet with a realistic mockup of the create. It turns out which not only was it unbelievably effortless to do, but it took Sandqvist less than a day to have the accomplished mockup done. By via a few inexpensive CAD software, a Formlabs Form 2 3D printing device and a few smart post production work the internet was getting fooled by the fake Nintendo controller preceding the original fake image may be conclusively declared a fake.

The fake was createed in Fusion 360.

The fake was createed in Fusion 360.

“When I saw which Photoshopped/rendered white fake, I idea it looked quite effortless to recreate, albeit with a switched-off display. So which same night I started modeling it up in Autodesk Fusion 360. And I idea it may be informative to see if I may fool the Internet. At the same time, I guess it may stand as a reminder to people which you can’t quite believe these kind of leaks these days with the rise of 3D printing,” Sandqvist told Digital Trends.

The fake was quite astounding, especially given the amount of time which was spent creating it, and it fooled quite a few in the media and the gaming community, for a while at very least. Eventually additional informed people of the gaming industry started to pick holes in a few of the more compact details, like the fact which the stickers didn’t match what was typically present on game development kits. Closer inspection of the images in addition started to reveal flaws in the print itself, like obvious imperfections in the analog sticks. Sandqvist had clat any timely photographed around the flaws, but suspicion was expanding so he decided to only come out with it on YouTube.

Printed on his company's Formlabs Form 2 3D printing device in black resin.

Printed on his company’s Formlabs Form 2 3D printing device in black resin.

You can see Sandqvist talk of how he created the fake Nintendo controller here:

For the many part people on the internet seemed fairly amused by Sandqvist’s prank, and after the fact reading through the less-than-calm reaction threads and outlandish conspiracy theories on Reddit and NeoGaf preceding it was confirmed fake is fairly amvia. Even the press outlets which were fooled by the fake seem to be bringing it fairly well. Honestly yet, it most likely has additional to do with Nintendo fans only being glad which the terribly shaped controller is not quite going to be what they have to use. But there is additional to this story than only a clat any time troll or a prank.

This was created in less than 20 hours.

This was created in less than 20 hours.

Regardless of why he did it, Sandqvist was able-bodied to mockup an amazingly realistic and convincing fake Nintendo game controller in less than a day via only basic 3D create and 3D printing equipment. If at any time there was additional evidence which 3D printing innovation, actually computer desktop high end, can create amazing prototypes quickly and convincingly I don’t understand where it may be. Most pretty this successful prank means which internet trolling was only taken to a completely new level, but it in addition stands as a fairly amazing proof of concept for 3D printing innovation itself. And now you can actually manufacture your own model of the fake controller. Is this a fewthing you are interested in manufacturing? Discuss in the Fake Nintendo Controller forum over at 3DPB.com.