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Published on: September 5, 2013 / Comments: 2

Xbox Controller Case Mod

This may be just the hack I need to keep my kids from hogging the Xbox.  Inspired by the late ’90′s film eXistenZ our hacker friend ‘leftmusing’ came up a mod that might just make you squirm a little.

Sculpted Xbox Controller Mod Parts

After carefully opening the case she applied a little dish soap as a releasing agent.  Then she sculpted Sculpey Polymer Clay into the desired disturbing shape.  Parts of the mold were too thin so she broke it into smaller more manageable chunks and then baked it in the over at 275F for about 10 minutes.

After baking she used a little sandpaper to adjust the fit.  She used epoxy to bond the parts back together and also mixed the dust from sanding with a little epoxy to fill in the gaps. She finished it off with a bit or paint and clear coat.  See more build photos after the break.

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Published on: July 26, 2013 / Comments: None

3D printed rifle shoots real .22 bullets, the grizzly

This has been a pretty well-lit target of the mass media, 3D printing firearms. And regardless of if you are for it, or against it, I’m not really into politics so … it’s emerging technology and its amazing. If you’ve ever fired up a 3D printer and printed your own model, you can appreciate the structural engineering that goes into making a gun that actually fires.

About a month ago there was some news of a 3D printed handgun, but this is the first rifle that I’ve seen fire. It’s only a single shot, and its a pretty light-weight bullet. I can’t say much for the safety on this one either seeing how the guy is using a string to fire it and hopefully is hiding behind a wall :)

What I personally would like to see is to take a step backwards and 3D print a custom cap gun (do they still make cap guns?) or those toy guns that used to shoot the little yellow balls.

Anyway check out this video.