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3D printing creates inclusion: The Controller Project modifies gaming controllers for free

Video games should be an inclusive experience for everyone – this is the approach that drives The Controller Project. The non-profit organization modifies and distributes tailor-made gaming controllers for people with physical disabilities.

At its core is an online library with over 100 freely usable 3D printed models. The adaptations range from simple extensions for analog sticks to elaborate one-handed control solutions for popular consoles such as PlayStation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.

The designs by designer Akaki Kumari are particularly impressive: his one-hand kit for DualShock and Xbox controllers can be 3D printed without any support structure and can be assembled without tools. Swivel joints with ball mounts enable natural movement control.

New, innovative solutions often come from competitions that the organization organizes in collaboration with platforms such as Printables. Participants submit designs for special movement requirements and the winners receive prizes such as 3D printers. Promising proposals go into the library.

The Controller Project demonstrated the possibilities of 3D printing for customized controllers at this year’s Rep Rap Festival in Denver. The goal is to make the free offering accessible globally and enable the gaming experience for gamers of all abilities.

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