3D printing never ceases to amaze me and Reddit user buba447 – otherwise known as software engineer Brandon Withrow – has done something with this technology that has the classic The Simpsons fan in me jumping for joy. Not only did Brandon recreate the Simpsons TV via 3D printing (you know that one. The big ’90s-style purple box with the wobbly antennas), it also made it possible to actually watch it without needing a connection. Internet. How are you people so creative and talented? What is this black magic that you exercise?
The TV randomly plays the first 11 seasons of the series and even the blue buttons on the front of the TV actually work. In the post on Reddit, Brandon explains the technology inside the 3D printed television:
“Inside is a raspberry pi zero with 32 GB and a card. The pi is connected to a 640 × 480 tft screen.
The Pi is running Jessie Lite. The episodes were all compressed specifically for the screen and loaded onto the SD card. When the pi is powered on, through the USB port on the back of the TV, it will start playing random episodes. At the end of the episode, the next one is randomly selected. The top button is wired to the GPIO and turns the screen on and off while turning off the volume. The bottom is a POT which is connected to the speaker inside.
I designed the TV and parts in Fusion 360 and printed on an ender 3 pro.
It’s really interesting to get a glimpse of how you would go about creating something as cool as this, especially for someone as technically incompetent as me. Brandon also plans to publish a how-to guide soon, so be sure to check out his Reddit here as well as his website, Twitter and GitHub to stay up to date.