I was inspired by a vintage video game system on display at the National Museum of Toys and Miniatures. Using Tinkered, I 3D modeled the Atari 2600 and printed it on a 3D printer to make one of a kind custom fridge magnets.
Step 1: Design
From photos or an actual machine, sketch out the details. I record basic shapes and colors. Using Tinkered I 3D model the console, joysticks and cartridges.
Step 2: 3D Print
I use a Makerbot 3D printer, that is available for free at my community library maker space. The filament color doesn't mater as I will be painting the prints.
Step 3: Clean & Prime Prints
I use a small file, hobby knife and stiff brush, to clean up the 3D prints. Then I spay the prints with a grey primer.
Step 4: Cartridge Art
Google search for cartridge art. I choose Space Invaders, Astroids and Pacman. Scale the image to the game cartridge size you 3D printed. Print the images on a color printer and cut out. Glue onto the face of the 3D printed game cartridge.
Step 5: Paint
Use acrylic craft paint (black, orange, red & white) to paint the 3D prints like the vintage game system. Use thin coats. Drying time can be sped up using a hair dryer.
I dry brush white to bring out details and give it a worn look.
Spay with a clear coat to protect the paint job.
Step 6: Attach Magnet
Cut magnetic strips to length.
5 minute Epoxy glue is used to attach the magnets to the back of the 3D prints.