3D printing was used in Wii U controller design

Newly revealed insights into the design process of Nintendo’s impending Wii U console show that the company relied on 3D printing technology to help mold and test various designs for the touchscreen GamePad controller

The insights were revealed on Nintendo’s website through a series called Iwata Asks, in which Nintendo president Satoru Iwata sits down with key players from the company and discusses the latest innovations and delves into behind-the-scenes secrets.

The latest installment of Iwata Asks includes an exchange between Iawata and engineer Masato Ibuki. In it, Ibuki talks about going through numerous iterations of what is now the Wii U GamePad. He mentions that in the past, a lot of controller concepts were fine-tuned by hand. With the Wii U, the company was able to create a design on a computer, print out a model, and then make tweaks as necessary before moving forward with all the electronic components of the controller.

The GamePad is unlike any previous game console controller. Some refer to it as a tablet, while others absolutely refuse to use that name. In other words, it is something that has never been seen before. It is evident, though, that the widespread use of 3D printing made it easier to come up with concept after concept until it was exactly what Nintendo wanted.

Source: Geek.com

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