If Oculus V.R’s virtual reality headset Rift is a bit out of your reach, you might be willing to explore other options that would transport you to a 3D world filled with motion sensors and nauseating graphics.

Google does have a VR set that you can make from cardboard, but why not 3D print yourself one? If you have access to the right tools and of course a 3D printer, fellow headset maker Noe Ruiz has all the plans that you might need for your DIY endeavour.

Ruiz posted all the details on how to make and 3D print your own V.R headset on Adafruit, a website that aims to teach people how to use electronics to create a variety of things.

As well as an instructional video, he lists all the parts that are needed, how to assemble it and how to code the software so that it works perfectly as intended.

“In this project we’re building a wearable HD monitor. This is great for anyone looking to make their own a personal display,” he wrote in the introduction.

In case you were wondering, you would need to know how to solder and what a 9 DOF IMU Beakout is. If you don’t there is no need to stress, as the whole project comes with really helpful links and PDF files so that almost anybody can put it together.

For the 3D printing part, Ruiz has made the STLs available for download so that you can quickly load them up into the printer and be on your way.

“This four piece design houses the components and keeps them secured with machine screws. The Arduino Micro and nine DOF are mounted to the back frame with four screws. Two aspheric lenses are mounted inside the frame panel,” he explains.

While everything is pretty straight-forward (as straight-forward as it gets when it comes to electronics) he does however recommend that the outer hood is printed in both PLA and NinjaFlex, as fusing the two different materials together makes a rigid frame with a flexible hood.

For all the instructions, parts and how to customise it to fit your face, click here.

[Source, Image – Adafruit]
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