Atari 2600 Cartridge Housing

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Atari 2600 Cartridge Housing by joegrand May 17, 2012

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This is a housing design for an Atari 2600/VCS cartridge. It will hold a standard Atari PCB or suitable replacement (like my homebrew PCB design: www.grandideastudio.com/portfolio/pixels-past/)

This was co-designed back in 2002 with the friendly fellows from www.toolinc.com, but never saw the light of day (until now!)

See a time-lapse video of the Makerbotting and assembly in action at http://youtu.be/Ngb69HvGE7g


Print all three pieces, insert PCB, press fit together, secure with a single screw, plug into Atari, GAME!

Make sure your platform is level. The top and bottom housings take up most of the space on the Thing-o-Matic build platform and if there is uneven heating, the housing will warp and won't fit into the Atari very well (like the one I made).

The snaps along the housing edges are pretty brittle and the label area comes out a bit funky as it's recessed a bit. I had the best results at 100% infill and 1 shell.

Looks especially swell in any color other than the typical Atari cartridge color of black.

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Could you make this except for the nintedo 3ds? I want a special ORAS case.

If the large area indentation on the bottom part were eliminated, this would print nice. as it stands now it needs support on a well calibrated machine. Why not make it flat? Thanks.

Any ideas on why at 81% or so my extruder stops extruding? I've tried running this a couple of times and the base works out great, but when it comes to the sides, nothing is happening.. Or should I just wait for it to finish?

Is there a way of getting the logo away from the cartridge shell? If so, how?

Hi, is there an other source for the needed boards? Atariage doen't seem to sell them anaymore.

I'm not sure of anyone selling the cartridge PCBs. However, all of my PCB design files are open source and available on my site:


You could also re-purpose original Atari cartridge PCBs and add the required 7404 inverter.