It’s not every day you get to see something like this. A nearly flawless portable as someone’s first? Jefflongo is the man of the hour, with a beautiful portable that quickly went viral on the Internet thanks to his attention to detail and perseverance.
Of course no one ever gets through a project as complex and intricate as a portable and says at the end, “Wow, what a piece of cake,” but Jeff had to get through some serious struggles to get his portable to where it is today. First, after spending six months working on a GameCube portable, the motherboard started smoking (5 packs a day) and died for no apparent reason. This forced him to start from scratch, again. Once he wrapped up his design to have his case laser cut, the lab he was using banned laser cutting ABS, so he decided to to learn CAD to get a case for his project. Finally, after eleven months of work his project is complete, despite the bumps and setbacks along the way.
Jeff’s portable houses a variety of pretty neat features, most of them based around his goal of having a portable Melee machine to use with friends. It’s a pretty lengthy list so here’s some of the highlights:
- 5 inch 4:3 screen
- OMGWTF Trim
- Custom 3D printed case
- Single port charge and play with a standard DC power supply and an LED indicator
- IR LEDs to allow full Wiimote functionality
- Internal GameCube controller (GC+), option to switch to external GameCube controllers for P1 through P4
- A switch to enable the Wii to send video out through a stock Wii cable
The case is amazingly designed from anyone’s point of view, but is especially impressive considering that this was his first experience using any sort of 3D software. Selecting the Parametric 3D Modeler Fusion360 for his first foray, he even went as far as to model the motherboards, batteries, and other internals to make sure everything will fit. Some additional pictures:
Everything has its place and everything has its screw posts. He managed to get a perfect case in just two prints, which is unheard of considering that he took the time to design complicated pieces like the GameCube button guides. All of this time spent designing definitely paid off once you look at his final internals:
Sure, the insides aren’t perfect, but the front half is superbly neat with all its IDE wire and clean, short runs. [Jeff]’s portable is clearly no maraca when you shake it.
Here’s a quick video from Jeff that shows off his portable:
For more information check out his worklog(s):
Stay tuned for more awesome projects from Jeff!