Ouya and MakerBot team up to let you 3D print Ouya cases

first_imgThe launch of the Ouya console has been confirmed as June 4, with the only way to get one earlier than that being dependent on whether you backed the original Kickstarter or not.At $99, it is a tempting proposition for gamers who want to indulge in some Android gaming on the big screen. But for anyone with access to a 3D printer, it’s also going to provide an opportunity to design and 3D print your own case for the tiny games console.Ouya has announced it is teaming up with MakerBot to allow for customization of the Ouya casing through 3D printing. This will see design files created and shared using MakerBot’s Thingiverse website so owners can print their own. It’s also likely associated services will start offering pre-printed version of the new case for the console for those of us who don’t have a 3D printer yet.The initial design files are based on the original Ouya case and include a lid and spring-loaded button. It has been designed to be printed using the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, but it’s sure to work with other makes and model of 3D printer. As the Ouya components are designed to just slide out of the original casing, it should be an easy task to transfer them to a new case.With the design file available to download, it’s not going to take long for people to start modifying it using their 3D design software of choice. Different colors, shapes, and probably lots of cases based on popular game characters are probably going to appear. Yes, an Angry Birds Ouya case will happen, of that I have no doubt.last_img


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