Fans of the Poké Ball Plus can now change up the look of the controller while offering it extra protection against wear together while also increasing its diminutive size thanks to this 3D printed case.
Maker James Chen is to thank for this clever creation which can take the form of the classic red and white Poké Ball, or the blue styling of a Great Ball.
He tells us that this design took four hours to create in Autodesk’s 123D Design, working backwards from measurements he took of the controller.
Printing of the five unique pieces took up another four hours. The two main spheres are joined together with removable clips so the case can easily be removed if needed.
No painting was needed here as the pieces are sliced by colour. While this does remove the need to break out the brushes and cans if you have the right filament, some may choose to still paint the plastic to add a different texture to the case, either to help prevent scratches to the controller or for a different feel in the hand.
As for usability there are cutouts in the back allowing access to the charging ports and the lanyard, and the top button is still usable as the part of the print which covers it is free-floating.
An optional nub is also included which can be placed on top of the joystick, should the print get in the way of its movements.
If you’d like to make your own version of this project the files for both the Poké Ball and Great Ball versions are available on Thingiverse.
Chen has also designed and printed an entire collection of different Poké Balls which can have their tops and bottoms rearranged with magnets. Hopefully he’ll bring these designs to the Poké Ball Plus in the future.