A 3D-Printed Xbox One Controller, Made Of Wood

A 3D-Printed Xbox One Controller, Made Of Wood

I did not know you could 3D print with wood. Now I do, and given my fetish for the stuff when it comes to video games, I am very interested in mods like this.

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BobsYurUncle made the controller by taking some replacement Xbox One controller shell models from Thingiverse and running wood through a 3D printer. Turns out that, while plastic is the material of choice for most 3D printing, you can also use powdered wood filaments, which is how he's achieved the very rustic look here.

A 3D-Printed Xbox One Controller, Made Of Wood

From this... The end result actually comes out quite smooth once you sand down the printing lines, but in order to stain the controller he roughed it up a bit.

A 3D-Printed Xbox One Controller, Made Of Wood

...to this...

A 3D-Printed Xbox One Controller, Made Of Wood

...to this! Gorgeous. Now for everyone who ever comes over to carve their names in it...


Comments

    Gorgeous?
    From a certain point of view.
    My point of view says this thing looks hideous! Oh god!

    It's technically wood, in the same way that mdf is. I wouldn't have a raw mdf table, it would be fugly, like this controller is.

    Now if only you could have the controller made of bone.......................
    https://youtu.be/cISYzA36-ZY?t=1m26s

    I think you'd get a far, far, faaaaar better result from a computer controlled router. "printing" isn't for everything it seems.
    Though I think this would be good for making sculptures and props.

      Yep, that's what I thought this would have been. Routing (/milling) from a block of wood, would come out a lot nicer.

        Exactly.
        I can see where this would come in handy though- A while ago I needed to modify the wooden grip of a sabre handle. It was a lot of work to carve it down and keep in mind the tolerances of the metal pieces that would fit around it, not to mention the leather and wire.
        Now if you could "print" something like that to exact specifications that would be a lot easier. And since it gets covered in leather and wire at the end you don't have to worry how bad the wood looks.
        I have an old antique sabre hit that has a section broken out of it- It would be great if I could precisely "print" a piece to fit that, before covering it in leather... As it is carving it by hand will be a big challenge.

          "A while ago I needed to modify the wooden grip of a sabre handle"

          The sign of a boss right there :)

          But it's essentially mdf. Why bother with wood at all them. Different types of woods have different properties. If you going to use powdered wood and glue I don't see the point of using wood at all.

    More time should have been put into it. Maybe a varnish or polyurethane. If those would take, not to fimiler with powdered wood.

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