Using a 3D printer and a Raspberry Pi mini computer, engineer Brandon Withrow became an internet rage by creating one of the toys most desired by fans of The Simpsons: a miniature replica of the televisionfrom Homer, which reproduces the first 11 seasons of the series.
Brandon Withrow defines himself as a “lover of The Simpsons”. His knowledge of engineering and software, plus his passion for Matt Groening’s series, led him to share his creation on the social network Reddit, a friendly platform for this kind of content where users can vote for or against.
Inside the mini-TV there is a Pi Zero, the Raspberry that is available in Argentina from 6 thousand pesos, and a 32 GB microSD card that stores the first 11 seasons, a total of 248 episodes of The Simpsons.
The television itself was designed and modeled with the Autodesk Fusion 360 program, and all parts were printed with an Ender 3 Pro 3D printer. The screen is 640 x 480 pixel TFT technology, the size in which the chapters are compressed .
The Simpsons television from the animated series.
The volume knobs are connected to a potentiometer that allows you to really raise and lower the volume, as if you were Homer trying to tune in to the Krusty the Clown or Kent Brockman Show.
As for the off button on the top of the TV: it just turns off the screen, but since the TV is still connected to the power by USB, the episodes continue to play randomly without stopping, which gives it that classic television point where series continues even when screen is off.
The creation of Brandon Withrow, a success in networks.
Such was the repercussion that the mini-TV had on Reddit that it encouraged Brandon Withrow to promise a guide with step by step. “Wow, this exploded a lot more than I could have ever imagined. Disney, if you’re around here, do you have an R&D position available? I have experience!” Exclaimed the creator of the device.
What is a 3D printer
This type of machine that allows creating objects such as the structure of the mini-television began to be used for industrial needs, especially for the creation of parts for rapid prototypes in three dimensions and volumetric models from a design made by computer software.
Thanks to this technology, it was possible to create unique pieces within a more complex model without the need to create special molds. which also required the development of machines, a process that delayed the deployment of new products.
Gino Tubaro (left) manufactures prosthetic limbs with his 3D printers.
The first 3D printers were large and expensive to use, over time thanks to the improvement in technology the cost of 3D printing was decreasing until it was possible to have them at home.
Regarding the quality of the materials, these also improved to the degree of having a large number of filaments to create all kinds of models in a simple and easy way. This allowed, for example, that small businesses can manufacture their own 3D objects for various uses.