is creating 3D prints and DIY custom gaming handhelds

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Hi everyone, my name is Josh, and I am 3DPrintSpace. I like to tinker with 3D prints and DIY electronics but have mainly focused on DIY gaming handhelds like the PiGRRL, MintyPi , and the other various Adafruit projects! You may have found me because of some of the projects I've worked on over at Thingiverse like the modified version of the PiGRRL Zero and my own modification of that design by Adafruit called the PiGRRL Zero Plus.

How I got started...
I originally started just wanting to build my own handheld PiGRRL 2 and PiGRRL Zero when Adafruit first released them. I ordered all the parts and purchased 3D printed parts through an online crowd sourcing website that 3D printed the plastic parts for you locally. I was really happy with the end product, but I looked at my 3D printed parts and said to myself, I can do this better.

After purchasing my first 3D printer and spending hours and significant investment modifying the $300 printer to print $3,000 printer quality prints, I decided to start modifying the PiGRRL Zero design to make it better. I ultimately came out with a modified design that included audio and then came up with my own iteration that increased the screen size. After posting my designs open source on Thingiverse, people started asking if I could 3D print them a case, so I opened a Etsy shop and just start selling to cover my cost and time. Soon people started asking for me to complete full builds for them, so I added that and people soon were purchasing them!

I've spent countless hours researching, designing, iterating a completely new version of the PiGRRL Zero Plus, that was redesigned from the ground up that incorporates all the suggestions and comments I've received from folks who have build this project over the last couple years. My goal is to release this project on Thingiverse and all the designs in the coming months. I'm hoping it will be one of the easiest projects to build, but also one of the most comprehensive designs in the DIY space right now. 

Why do this?
I absolutely love the open source community, in fact every design I release open source ~ every circuit board in EAGLE, every 3D model in Fusion 360 ~ all of them are release for folks to take, modify and create their own design. I DO NOT want to create "proprietary" designs that have custom parts that can only be purchased from that one individual or the designs aren't released to the community. 

I also realize that a lot of people are interested in the DIY space, but don't necessarily have the advanced knowledge or resources to complete all of these super awesome projects you see in the design space, but are very difficult for beginners. I want to create projects that are easy enough with instructions clear enough for beginners to get started on a fun design that they can do. Making instructions means creating a website, spending time answering questions, dedicating time away from family and work to help. I want to do more.

Why Am I On Patreon?
Doing some of these things and accomplishing more in the space is where Patreon comes in. With open source its difficult to spend countless hours on a design or researching an issue and then release it for free or print it at cost to everyone. There are a lot of expenses involved with the goal of helping the open source community, and I need some help from you to further those goals. Because of your support on Patreon I plan to do this following:

  • Create and host a dedicated website with detailed information and videos on my builds (step by step instructions).
  • Create more regular video content that can be used during your own builds.
  • Work on more projects! I have my new project coming out that I mentioned, but I want to do some other new projects based off that design (including a 1.8" screen micro version of this design) as well as work on other DIY's projects and help the community and spread awareness of all the cool projects people are doing.

With your help on Patreon, I'll be able to take additional steps in my life to dedicate more time to work on these projects and further develop the community. You've seen what I have been able to accomplish the last couple years, if you enjoyed these projects so far, please consider supporting me on Patreon so we can continue it together!

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I'm looking to host my own dedicated website away from Thingiverse that will help provide step-by-step instructions to help the community better understand how to complete these projects!
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