I’ve been working on a great early registration incentive for the Seattle Retro Gaming Expo (SRGE2014). Folks who register early stand a chance to win one of 20 mini NES machines. I’ve never mass produced any of the minis (the most I did was two each of the Xbox One and C-64), so it was bound to be a new experience.
It was a slog – people often ask if I sell my minis, and this experience did not make me want to start. Well, it did a little I guess. But it took a very long time to make just 20 of these. Here are some photos of the journey.
And so we begin printing…
At one point I ran out of white PLA. There was this much left on the spool after ending a five hour print. If I had run out before finishing the print, all those hours would have been wasted. Phew!
And then the spraying. One advantage of this project is that I got lots of spraying practice – I’m pretty good at that now. But my lungs are probably the colour of retro computer plastic by now.
Each mini NES has 9 parts, so the batch of 20 needed printing close to 200 pieces. Here are a batch of parts sprayed and ready to assemble:
Gluing together some controllers. Doing the buttons (not pictured here) took a lot of tweezer work.
Gluing and clamping…
And then THE WALL OF NES.
Or the GREAT PYRAMID OF NESSOS
Once all done, they are ready to bag. I decided to put a little insert into the bag with the SRGE logo and some info on the machine.
Here is a baggie, ready to go.
And here are the baggies, ready to go!
And on April 30 we will pull the winners from our virtual hat! If you’d like a chance to win one of these, register for a weekend pass for SRGE2014 before April 30!