Atari 2600 Fridge Magnet

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About: My name is Jeff and I've been a Maker all my life. I will be posting Instructables of my projects covering woodworking, woodcarving, electronics, 3D Scanning & Printing and 3D Modelling. Since 2001, I have...

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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.

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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.

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    JNewhookJmsDwh

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks JmsDwh. I have more project ideas for vintage video games on my todo list.

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    makeosaurus

    3 years ago

    These are pretty cool!! I was scared that you were going to use the actual console! XD

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    JNewhookmakeosaurus

    Reply 3 years ago

    Thanks makeosaurus. There wouldn't be enough room on our fridge door to fit magnet made from an actual atari :)