MakerBot and OUYA join forces to let you print your own console enclosure

Brian Heater
B. Heater|03.27.13

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How to pass the time as the first OUYA consoles start shipping to backers? Well, if you've got a 3D printer at home, you can spend the hours printing your very own enclosure for the Android-based console. The gaming company has joined forces with MakerBot on a 3D printing development kit that'll let you customize your case at home. The plans, which were apparently optimized for the second generation Replicator, let you go crazy with custom designs and patterns, because while the rest of the world will get their chance to pick up a console this summer, yours can still be a special snowflake. You can check the plans out on Thingiverse in the source link below.

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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, 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 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 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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