In 2016 I was one of the thousands who bought a 3D printer and had absolutely no idea what to do with it. However, that all changed when I stumbled across the mini NES and what über geek ‘Daft Mike‘ had done to replicate one.
Naturally, I set about printing one of his cases (which was designed to perfection) and ordered a D.I.Y. electronics kit but sadly it never arrived, so I started trying to achieve the same goal with ‘off the shelf’ parts from Ebay and Amazon and surprisingly the results were almost identical to Mike’s version. The main difference being that I modified the case slightly to make more room to fit the components in as I found the original so cramped that there was a high risk of damaging the internals if/when the case was opened.
Obviously, in modding the case I lost the precise NES geometry that Mike had managed to preserve but not enough to worry about. After printing a few different cases and messing around with the dimensions, colours e.t.c. it dawned on me that what I had created was similar in proportion to the original Atari VCS 2600 and that’s where this particular journey started….