3D Printer Add-On Creates Playable Video Game Controllers [Video]


The Rabbit Proto can print electronic circuitry within plastic.

Tiffany Nesbit
  • 29 april 2014

It seems like each passing day brings about some innovative and exciting news regarding advancements in 3D printing capabilities. The technology is accelerating at a rapid rate, and thanks to a group of students at Stanford University, 3D printing has made its way into the gaming world.

The Rabbit Proto is a 3D printer attachment that adds conductive circuitry within plastic molding in one process. This print head was designed to fit into several models of the RepRap printers, and works by embedding conductive material into the plastic as the controller is printed. This allows both designers and makers to speed up the prototyping and ideation processes.


The Rabbit Proto is a syringe with a nozzle that dishes out as much as 10cc of conductive ink at a time. It uses silver-filled silicone which can be a bit pricey, but the team is in talks to gain access to conductive inks made out of graphite paste, which would make the controllers much more affordable.

Though the Rabbit Proto is only a prototype and an open source product, the creators are eagerly awaiting developers to add functionality as the technology advances. Interested parties can pre-order the Rabbit Proto now, with prices for the attachment ranging from $350- $450. Shipping will begin the end of this summer.

Rabbit Proto
[h/t] Kotaku, Computerworld


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