3D design and printing were instrumental in letting some game buffs take a small spin down memory lane. GamesYouLoved, a website and web community dedicated to preserving knowledge about — and passion for — games of the past, teamed up with Extreme Consoles, a UK-based company, to create an extreme PS One controller. 3D printing played a central role in converting a PS One (PlayStation) console into a small-scale, retro DJ’s turntable, complete with a tiny vinyl record for spinning and scratching.
The GamesYouLoved website features sections based on the style of game their members are interested in, from contemporary RPGs, arcade games, and tabletop electronics to outdoor games, board games, and good, old-fashioned cards. The site explores games in depth and provides links to instructional videos, so you can learn to play games your grandparents enjoyed — or your grandparents can learn to play the ones you like. The site seems to be fairly new and they are evidently adding content regularly as well as asking members to contribute.
Extreme Consoles customizes and modifies game consoles and controllers so they are still completely functional but in one way or another speak to their users’ particular preferences and idiosyncrasies. Their website provides photos of some of the consoles and controllers they’ve altered and they range broadly, although all are seriously creative.
When Extreme Consoles took GamesYouLoved up on their challenge to modify a PS One console, they knew they’d be using 3D design and printing as much as possible because, in short, they love the technology.
As for the console itself, the designers at Extreme Consoles weren’t quite sure what to do as it is pretty compact. They decided to make it look “larger than life” and that the customized console would harken back to the early, glory days of the PS One. That’s when they came up with the idea of the turntable design.
“Straight from the onset,” said the creative team at Extreme Consoles, “the design just popped out at us, from an age when DJ vinyl turntables were all the rage…”
They began with some basic sketches and moved on to create a 3D CAD model of the modified console. Once the 3D model was finalized, the parts were printed in white ABS on Extreme Consoles’ XYZ 3D printer. After sanding, priming, and painting the 3D printed parts, details were added using an airbrush so that the console looked like a miniature DJ’s set-up.
The finishing touch was a custom-made record, scaled down to fit the tiny turntable. The turntable actually moves, so you can place the mini-vinyl on it and spin like a real DJ. If you aren’t into retro-fitting (in a manner of speaking) there’s still little doubt that Extreme Consoles can accommodate your particular style and preferences — I’m partial to the Mad Max- or Steampunk-style console.
Let us know what you think of this fun design idea over at the 3D Printed PS One Turntable forum thread at 3DPB.com.