MakerBot teams with Ouya to let you print your own game console shell

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If you backed the wildly-successful Ouya gaming console on Kickstarter, want to tinker with the design of the console's enclosure, and happen to own a MakerBot 3D printer, you're in luck. On Wednesday, MakerBot and Ouya announced a partnership that allows anyone with a MakerBot 3D printer to print their own Ouya case in any color of their choosing. A few examples from MakerBot show the console printed in red, pink, and purple.

Of course, the case is no good without the actual components of the Ouya console, which starts shipping to Kickstarter backers on March 28. Once you get the official Ouya, you can pop out its guts and pop them into your own 3D-printed enclosure, thanks to a spring-loaded button that opens a lid on the enclosure.

From the start, the Ouya team has taken an open-source approach with a software development kit that lets just about anyone freely develop games for theconsole. “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 Ouya CEO Julie Uhrman said in a statement.

Now the company is giving us a chance to customize the console's aesthetic as well. MakerBot and Ouya are encouraging everyone to open the 3D .stl files in their favorite CAS program and modify the design of the Ouya case before printing.

To get your hands on the files needed to print the Ouya, head over to Thingiverse, MakerBot’s online repository of 3D files. You can print the Ouya in PLA (a renewable plastic used in biodegradable drink cups) on the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D printer, or in ABS (the same plastic used in Lego bricks) on a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D printer.

[MakerBot, Ouya via TechCrunch]

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