3D Printed Raspberry Pi Powered Game Boy

On December 2, 2014 by jw

This is my first 3D printed project. I borrowed a Makerbot Replicator 2 and I have to say it worked flawlessly out of the box. Pretty impressive stuff.

I followed this guide on Adafruit.com.

Assembly was fairly straight forward. I ran into a few challenges. First GPIO#17 on the Pi was dead. I probably shorted it while building Movie Box. I tested the pin with a simple Python script that set the pin high and then low every other second. I monitored the pin level with a multimeter and confirmed the pin was stuck at around 1.2v. Swapping out the damaged Pi for a new one fixed the problem. The second issue was the D-Pad button register. I ended up re-soldering all the D-Pad wires so their contact was on the edge of the button PCB. It was only a few mm difference, but it helped all the D-Pad presses to register. That’s about it. Not only is it my first 3D printed project, it’s also my first battery operated project.

You can load ROMs on the Pi’s SD card simply with a card reader. You can also use a USB WiFi adapter and transfer ROMs wirelessly with WinSCP.

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Here is the first print in black PLA. The final case was printed with grey PLA.02 04 05 06 07

 

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