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Mini NES Cartridge

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Mini NES Cartridge by daftmike Aug 8, 2016

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This is a little scale model of an NES cartridge to go with my Raspberry Pi mini NES replica.

The main case files are here.

A user named stefanli made cartridge sleeves that fit these little carts.

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The included supports can be used instead of slicer supports. I got better results this way.


The pins locate the two halves together and I used super glue to bond them.

The label was printed on thick paper with clear packing tape applied to give a glossy finish.

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Is there anywhere to download the labels? All I can find are people selling pre-sized, pre-cut repro labels (which would be too big)

Dec 5, 2016 - Modified Dec 5, 2016
jhoff80 - in reply to BlueWyvern

Had to make them manually. If you search Bootgod you should find a site that has scans of cart labels. Used Photoshop to combine the top and front images properly, and then changed pixels/inch to 300 and cropped to dimensions of 265px wide by 420px tall (0.883inches by 1.4 inches) and that fit nearly perfectly on my prints.

Used clear packing tape to laminate the front and back, and then superglued the labels in place. (Note: be sure to crease the label at the fold before starting to glue, otherwise it'll never sit properly).

The colors don't always match exactly perfectly on the top and front image, but at this scale it's close enough.


What scale is this at? I want to print a full size one?

Sep 9, 2016 - Modified Sep 9, 2016

What brand/color filament did you use for the gold Zelda cartridge in the video? I haven't yet found a gold filament I like in general.

Algix3D Advanced PLA Olympic Gold is a great match as well.

Do you have the files for the labels or a location and scale size?

I am going to print cartridges-- can you tell me how the supports work? I am new to 3D printing. How do I use them if I am printing directly from an USB port in my 3D printer?

I see there's no cavity for the NFC tag. Does it create much of a gap when there's one between? Or is it pretty seamless even with the tags?

I did try making a cavity but it just wasn't worth it. The tags I use are very thin(<0.2mm) the superglue layer itself is probably that thick. You can't notice the tag at all once it's all glued together.

Sounds good! I really appreciate all the time you've spent on making this project, and making it available for all of us. Been working on setting up a Retro Pie system, and just wasn't happy with any of the previous cases. This one is awesome! Now I just have to wait for your kit.

Aug 13, 2016 - Modified Aug 13, 2016

I would like to have the files for the mini NES case. It's an awesome build!

What kind of 3d printer are you using for this project. I am looking to purchase one, but have little knowledge on these printers. Any suggestions on which 3d printers are good ones, will be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance

Great starting point, thanks!

Are you able to provide filament colors (or where you buy from) so i can order them now to commence building as you release more?

I used Faberdashery PLA, Storm Grey and Architect's Stone.

I'm a bit worried that PLA won't hold up long term to the temperatures inside the case so I'm doing a bit more testing, trying out a fan and some different ABS colours.

When I settle on the final filament/colours I'll be sure to let everyone know what I use.

great thank you. what print software do you use? Cura does not let parts overlap (for the provided supports)

Aug 14, 2016 - Modified Aug 14, 2016
daftmike - in reply to medoix


If you wanted to use my supports, you could combine them in Meshmixer first, then you should be ok in Cura?(I've never used it)

also for the supports do you pause the print at a certain layer then put the supports in place before resuming... otherwise I dont see how those would help

I add the model and the supports to the build-plate before slicing and print them together. The supports, snap off after printing and leave a nicer finish than the slicer-generated supports did. ymmv

wouldn't it just fuse together if you did that? :|

they're offset from the model so it doesn't fully bond with it and can be broken away

Aug 9, 2016 - Modified Aug 10, 2016

but how do you make the label stick to the cart if the tape is only used to give a gloss. Did you glue it?

yes, super glue

Did you place tape on both sides of the label?

Just on the side with the image, the other side I left bare to absorb the glue.

Me personally, I had to apply tape to both sides, otherwise the superglue caused the colors to darken.

Aug 8, 2016 - Modified Aug 8, 2016

I'm so excited for this! Thanks for being so awesome and doing the how to guide videos and for sharing this project. :)