If you’ve got nothing better to do as you wait around for the first batch of Ouya consoles to ship later this week and you happen to own a 3D printer, you’re in luck. The Android-based console maker has teamed up with MakerBot to allow gamers to print their own custom Ouya consoles at home.
Gamers are invited to visit Thingiverse.com and download the Ouya MakerBot 3D Printing Development Kit. The kit contains a 3D template and specifications that can be used to print console covers with a lid and a spring-loaded button in a variety of patterns and colors. Cases are printed in PLA on the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer or if you have a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer, you can use ABS.
The templates were built by the MakerBot design team but since the files will be in the hands of the consumer, you’re free to modify them any way you see fit. One is only limited by their own creativity.
Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot, said Ouya is one of the most exciting new developments in the gaming world and they are thrilled to be a part of it. Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman said the console was all about being open – from allowing any developer to make a game for Ouya to being able to open the console with a standard screwdriver. To that end, she said it was a natural progression to extend this openness by partnering with MakerBox.