Today on our weekly live 3D Hangouts we are celebrating the many ways that 3D printing intersects with the worlds of games, gaming, gamers, and gamer fandom. (And we tackled a challenging Halo cosplay project!) Here’s a quick roundup of a few other 3DxGames projects that caught our interest to whet your appetite!
While using a 3D printer for desktop warfare might have been an inevitable development of affordable desktop 3D printers arriving in offices of creative agencies all over the world, the SEEJ game created by Jim Rodda (who typically goes by “zheng3” for this project) is not only a step above in gameplay, it might also be the only open source tabletop warfare games to become a favorite go-to project for integrating 3D printing into STEM curriculum.
Created as a game designed to be played with a desktop 3D printer in mind, rather than one that might be, SEEJ has been drawing in fans alike from children and adults (with a particularly high possibility of contagion among mechanical engineers).
Here’s a fun piece from hackaday last year documenting what happens when a dozen 3D printer engineers and designers find a private room at the Maker Faire after party, and a set of SEEJ engines:
Going to the World Maker Faire isn’t all fun and games; sometimes you have to suck it up, pay $130 in cab fare, buy $7 Heinekens, and crash the super not-so-secret after party. While the company was fantastic, one of the more exciting interactions was [Jim Rodda]‘s Seej, a tower-defense-ish game constructed entirely of 3D printed weapons, flags, and blocks.
The goal of the game is simple: Each player gets a Seej engine, some blocks, a few pennies, and three flags. The first person to topple all three flags with ballistic pennies is declared the winner. The Seej engines aren’t just limited to the red and black catapults shown above; there are plans for a ballista available, and we’re sure someone will add a 3D printed trebuchet the the arsenal at some point. We’ve seen at least one example floating around the web.
In all honesty, this game is really fun and well worth the frustration experienced by a pitiable bartender who I hope was tipped well for the night.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!