OUYA console allows 3D printing of case, thanks to Makerbot partnership

March 28, 2013
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    A partnership with 3D printer manufacturer Makerbot allows OUYA console users to print custom cases for their consoles.

    And since Kickstarter backers will get their consoles starting today, having a custom case makes things even more exciting. According to the press release, all you need is the SDK and the designs, which are optimized for the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer.

    If you have said 3D printer, things are simple. If you don’t, it will set you back $2,199, but money shouldn’t get in the way of happiness, should it?

    On the other hand, the designs are customizable, and you can play with colors and patterns to make the console (which is said to launch with support for NES, SNES and N64 game emulation) your own.

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    MakerBot® Partners with OUYA to Let Gaming & 3D Printing Enthusiasts Express Themselves with 3D Printed OUYA Game Consoles

    The first OUYA video game consoles are ready to ship to early backers on March 28, followed by OUYA’s full launch in June, and the excitement is building for this new open console. To embrace the customizable features of OUYA, OUYA has partnered with MakerBot®, the global leader in desktop 3D printing, and its website Thingiverse.com, to create 3D design files for the first 3D printed OUYA game console. The MakerBot 3D printed OUYA game console will debut alongside OUYA’s unveiling in San Francisco this week.

    “OUYA is one of the most exciting new developments in the gaming world, and MakerBot is thrilled to be a part of it. The custom 3D printed console cases are also really cool.”

    When you get an OUYA, you can go to Thingiverse.com and download the OUYA MakerBot 3D Printing Development Kit and create your very own 3D printed OUYA game console case.

    MakerBot has worked with OUYA to create 3D printed designs for the OUYA console case; the designs are optimized for printing on a MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer.

    The OUYA MakerBot 3D Printing Development Kit provides a 3D template and specs for printing console covers that the user can customize with patterns and colors. The console cases are printed in rugged PLA on the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, or for those 3D printing experts, in ABS on a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer.

    “We are pretty excited to be able to provide a 3D Printing Development Kit on Thingiverse.com for OUYA,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “OUYA is one of the most exciting new developments in the gaming world, and MakerBot is thrilled to be a part of it. The custom 3D printed console cases are also really cool.”

    OUYA is an innovative, new game console that introduces a new category in video game entertainment by bringing an open experience – where any gamer creator can publish a game – together with the magic of console gaming on the television.

    OUYA is the first game console to release 3D templates for its hardware that can be printed on a 3D printer. It not only allows OUYA owners to personalize their game consoles, but also brings OUYA into a whole new spectrum of innovation in the gaming category.

    “OUYA is all about being open – from allowing any game developer to make games for the TV to being able to literally open the console with a standard screwdriver,” said Julie Uhrman, CEO of OUYA. “It was a natural progression to extend our openness by partnering with MakerBot. What better way to bring OUYA’s console to life than letting anyone print and modify it.”

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