One of the more interesting things about the Ouya game console is that its completely open source, including its design. To help things along, 3D printer owners will soon be able to print their own console cases.
At the Game Developers Conference, Ouya announced that it has partnered with MakerBot to provide custom 3D printable Ouya cases via Thingiverse. Ouya will be showing off the 3D printed Ouya game console this week as part of the console's official unveiling.
“We are pretty excited to be able to provide a 3D Printing Development Kit on Thingiverse.com 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.”
Future Ouya owners that have access to a 3D printer can download the files necessary to print the console case today. MakerBot has also made the .3dm file as well for those who want to create their own custom designs based on the initial design provided by MakerBot.
MakerBot notes that the custom Ouya cases were made with its PLA filament, but says that ABS plastic should work just as well. Likewise, the cases were printed using MakerBot's Replicator 2, but any 3D printer with a suitable build volume should work.