Could You Print A Game Controller That's Better For Your Hands?
| by Andrew
Happy Monday, Makers. In case you haven’t seen this fully functional Nintendo Controller coffee table, please take this opportunity to look at this fully functional Nintendo Controller coffee table.
I won’t say too much about this maple/mahogany/walnut beauty, as it speaks for itself. It’s on sale at Etsy and currently being raffled at Dude! I want that.
It just so happens we were recently discussing game controller hacks in the office, prompted by a user on Thingiverse. Along the lines of the table above (okay, not really at all), is it possible to mold the basic scheme of a particular controller into something more custom?
First we wondered about reprinting the casing of a broken controller, or doing a quick sketchup and print of a joystick that broke off. But what if you wanted the joystick on the right, not the left, and what if your hand is so large or small that you want the D-button on the top, not the front. I’m making these examples up, but the question is: given the electronics of a controller designed for a particular console, could you 3D print a better shape to fit your hands and style of play? Or is style of play already so strongly determined by the familiar shapes of existing controllers? (,asked the non-gamer.)
Now, I’m basically talking about ergonomics, not aesthetic mods and not entirely new ways of interfacing with a game. As for the latter, these guys have some pretty sweet ideas: