Originally planned as a post-sabbatical project, but all my GameBoy stuff was piling up, and I just couldn’t help myself.
I did indicate that I’d be posting something ahead of the sabbatical. I just wasn’t 100% sure what. An external hard drive rack for my newly-wall-mounted Mac Mini and some lightsaber SKÅDIS mounts were in the running too, but I ultimately decided that this would be the final post of 2019 instead.
So yeah… this is an IKEA SKÅDIS-compatible mounting system for some admittedly old tech. If you’ve seen any of my recent comings and goings on Twitter, you might know my family has been going through a bit of a retro handheld console renaissance (my wife and I currently settle disputes over Dr. Mario battles).
1. Print out Parts
Files are available on MyMiniFactory.
There’s a GameBoy Color bin (GBCBin; also fits the GameBoy Advance SP… unsure about the other models), and a cartridge bin (CartBin). The assembly procedure is the same for both, so for the sake of brevity, we’ll only be looking at images of CartBin.
2. Assemble Bin
Press-fit the hooks into the bins (x2) so that the actual “hook” features are at the top of the bin as shown. Use a hammer (gently) if necessary. BinHook2 is for the CartBin and BinHook3 is for the GBCBin.
3. Arrange on SKÅDIS
Place them in a way that’s both pleasing and functional for you.
4. Display Your Collection
CartBins are designed with the protective cases in mind, but they will still work with “naked” cartridges.
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Anyway, about the sabbatical:
This has been both an exciting and stressful year for a variety of personal, and professional reasons. Also, between a still-puzzling ban of all links to MyMiniFactory on r/3DPrinting, changes to Fusion 360’s business model, and all that recent YouTube COPPA legal weirdness, the rapid transition and tension left me feeling more than a little burned out.
Since starting this website almost five years ago, I’ve always taken a month or so toward the end of the year to calm things down, but this was the first time I looked back and considered wrapping things up for good.
The culmination of everything made me feel exhausted and robbed of joy, but a complete abandonment of the hobby felt like a terrible betrayal to the core of my being. The conflict ate at me for longer than it should have. My wife and I talked about it at length while I processed everything on a whiteboard. She helped me realize that while there will always be external factors I can’t control, I had been pushing myself to produce various forms of content at a rate and level that simply isn’t sustainable during this season of my life.
At the end of our discussions, I came up with three basic guidelines for the upcoming year (and beyond if I’m honest):
- Focus on goals, not deadlines.
- Cut out the parts that drag me down.
- Communicate & move on.
After fully digesting the above guidelines, I started thinking about goals for the new year and made a rough list. Some of them are related to 3D design and printing, others not so much, but I’m here for all of it.
If you’ve gotten this far, you definitely deserve a teaser:
See you in 2020.