Aran Wii Portable

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It's finally done!, who would have thought the part that took longest to arrive was a simple screen polarizer!?

I bring you the "Aran" Wii portable, this is my first portable console so I'm hoping to get a little more experimental in the future.

The case was designed and built from scratch using design cue's from Gingers "Loui" portable case.

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THE GOAL:
  • To create a case that is simple to print and assemble.
  • Have some modern improvements over most portables with rumble and bluetooth.
  • Comfortable to hold, my hands cramp easily so having grips as part of the design was key.
  • Keep design as clean as possible, 5-way tact was used to reduce amount of holes/buttons on the case.

VIDEO SHOWING RUMBLE AND BLUETOOTH:

BOM and 3d print files will be released in the coming weeks when guys like Noah have had a chance to make one and give me feedback to improve design.

Thanks to Aurelio and everyone else that assisted with my nagging questions on discord.

Feel free to ask questions, I'm sure I've missed plenty of information.

Also, probably won't be posting internals - the case hides my shame......
 

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Nice portable! Gives me hope for when I finally start my own portable. What type of cooling system does it have? (If you don’t mind sharing)
 

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Nice portable! Gives me hope for when I finally start my own portable. What type of cooling system does it have? (If you don’t mind sharing)
It's pretty generic, just a 35x35x10mm blower style fan and heatsink. Pretty much identical to what you'd use in a G-Wii.
 

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So after a few weeks of testing I've decided on a few changes:

1) TN panels are less than stellar for this type of use case, I will be replacing the panel with an IPS.

2) The shoulder buttons are ....fine... but they could be better, I made the internal tact mount to be modular so I'll make adjustments to them to hopefully get a nicer feel.


3) The Switch button layout just doesn't work for a few GC games so I've decided to change to a miniaturized GC layout.
 
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So the updated Gamecube layout of the case is done. I've decided for the new version I'm going a Dark Samus theme with Darker colours and a blue glow.


The button layout feels a lot more natural and I have made improvements to the trigger mounts as they now feel more "sure" when pressed. I won't be completing the new model until Aurelios new LCD driver and GC+2.0 have released.

Another minor change is I've decided to use PET for the rear piece, not that there were any problems with the PLA piece but I have noticed the Bluetooth transmitter does get quite warm, I don't *think* it'll cause the rear of the case to warp over time but just doing it as a precaution.
 

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So the updated Gamecube layout of the case is done. I've decided for the new version I'm going a Dark Samus theme with Darker colours and a blue glow.


The button layout feels a lot more natural and I have made improvements to the trigger mounts as they now feel more "sure" when pressed. I won't be completing the new model until Aurelios new LCD driver and GC+2.0 have released.

Another minor change is I've decided to use PET for the rear piece, not that there were any problems with the PLA piece but I have noticed the Bluetooth transmitter does get quite warm, I don't *think* it'll cause the rear of the case to warp over time but just doing it as a precaution.
Hey Wes, would you be willing to let me use those GC face buttons on a portable I’m working on? Aka would you be willing to make them public? Btw love the look of this, Thanks!
 
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So the updated Gamecube layout of the case is done. I've decided for the new version I'm going a Dark Samus theme with Darker colours and a blue glow.


The button layout feels a lot more natural and I have made improvements to the trigger mounts as they now feel more "sure" when pressed. I won't be completing the new model until Aurelios new LCD driver and GC+2.0 have released.

Another minor change is I've decided to use PET for the rear piece, not that there were any problems with the PLA piece but I have noticed the Bluetooth transmitter does get quite warm, I don't *think* it'll cause the rear of the case to warp over time but just doing it as a precaution.
Wow it looks amazing! Very inspiring to me and motivates me! Thank you for that and keep up the amazing work!
 

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Hey Wes, would you be willing to let me use those GC face buttons on a portable I’m working on? Aka would you be willing to make them public? Btw love the look of this, Thanks!
The files will be available soon™
 
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Just stumbled across this
The 2nd rev is sweet, reminds of using 3rd party controllers in the sense of the button size, but I really love the vent layout especially the tiny holes nice one
 
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