This Atari game cartridge display case was created as part of a directed research group in the Human Centered Design & Engineering department at the University of Washington: Atari Women (www.atariwomen.org).
The design aims to celebrate the untold stories of early female Atari game designers and programmers by displaying games signed by the creators themselves and by allowing viewers to interact with the artifact. By showcasing these hidden narratives, the Atari Women project intends to shift the narrative around women in STEM.
Maker Series PLA
This project was printed at a University of Washington maker space and used materials available there; however, it can be modified to be printed in other materials and with other printers. It was designed using Onshape, a cloud-based CAD software.
The parts connect with a transition fit to form a case around the game cartridge, and the slits in the top part were designed to help accommodate movement of the rigid material when putting the two pieces together. Do so carefully, as using too much force will likely cause the case to crack.
The shelves in the bottom part allow for a thin acrylic piece (we used 3.25" x 4" x 0.03" sheets, 2 per case) to be placed underneath them, which can be bent and manually fit into place. The second acrylic sheet is held in place between the game cartridge and the top part.
The display case order of assembly should be:
- Place one acrylic square in the top part.
- Place the game cartridge on top of the acrylic.
- Fit the second acrylic square in the bottom part, under the shelves.
- Carefully place the bottom part in line with the top part, and press into place.