How to 3D Print a Working Video Game Controller & Other Electronics Using Play-Doh for Circuits

I truly believe that there will come a time where we will all be 3D printing intricate electronic devices from the comfort of our own homes. A company called Inventery Inc. is combining 3D printing with Play-Doh to enable some pretty cool new applications for the technology.

For those of you who were unaware, Play-Doh is not only incredibly fun to roll around in your hands and mold into things, but it’s actually conductive as well. This means it can be used to complete a circuit. When the team behind Morphi realized this, they knew that they could come up with a fun, easy, and cool new design using their mobile app, 3D printing, Play-Doh, and an electronics kit called MaKey MaKey.

“MaKey MaKey contains a small circuit board (which attaches to a computer through a USB cable) and alligator clips (with each end attaching to the circuit board and each other end to conductive material),” explained the Inventery team to “MaKey Makey can be used with any online websites or other programs using arrow keys as well as with Scratch, a free programming language and online community developed at MIT with a large library of pre-existing MaKey MaKey projects.” … (read more)