3D printed Macintosh Plus created with 'Steve Jobs-like attention to detail'

A guy who calls himself a big Apple enthusiast and a “designer and tinkerer”; has created a meticulously accurate 3D printed Macintosh Plus.

With what has been described as “Steve Jobs-like attention to detail,”” it even boots (and ejects) the floppy disk and the monitor remains off until the Mac emulator starts and displays the smiling Mac icon …

ArsTechnica's Kevin Purdy writes lyrically about his awe and admiration for the project.

Have you ever worked on a hobby project where modifying and compiling the source code for a Linux-based emulator was perhaps the easiest and most straightforward part of it all?

Kevin Knockey really, really wanted to a working Macintosh Plus with a working auto-eject drive that could boot from […]

Noki, for what he calls “months,” has essentially been working backwards from 2024, using all sorts of tools and maker skills to get back to a functioning 1986 Mac. Not just “classic Mac OS on an AliExpress monitor of the right size”; mind you. We're talking about a box of the right size, color and texture that draws power from the mains, swallows 3.5-inch disks, works with both a phone cable and an Apple ADB keyboard and mouse, has a screen dimmer and makes a startup sound (audible signal). , not a chord). This is not love”; tribute; it's creepy and potentially unnerving.

Here's a list of just some of the tasks he had to complete to pull it off:

  • Carefully measure every surface and corner of the Macintosh Plus .
  • Recover these measurements and model them in AutoDesk Fusion 360.
  • Print a four-piece Mac case using a modified Ender. -3 with gray PLA thread.
  • Apply one-part plastic putty and sand the joint surfaces of the housing parts.
  • Drill registration holes in the housing parts for the metal pin connectors
  • Drill holes in the housing parts for attaching the metal pins
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  • Use cyanoacrylate (CA) glue to join the pieces together and sand each piece a few times to expose the 3D layers.
  • Spray paint with a primer and a final beige color on the pieces facing outward.
  • Use a vinyl cutter to protect parts of the case that should be smooth.
  • Apply textured clear coat to imitate the rough texture of a Mac.
  • Take apart 10″ screen that was a thrift store find.
  • Replace the CCFL screen with an LED backlight.
  • Rewire and solder the dimmer knob to the screen to create a dimming control.
  • Unsolder and modify the laptop charging brick to create a power supply.
  • Modify the powered USB hub and its AC adapter
  • Paint the physical power switch to match the color of its case
  • Use WAGO connectors to securely connect power components.
  • Disassemble a $13 thin client computer and replace its power connector with the XT60 connector.
  • Connect a resistor to supply power. Supply of work with an external adapter
  • Replace the thin client's power button with a relay controlled by Arduino.
  • Assemble the front keyboard and mouse connector from a Teensy USB board, an RJ11 connector, and TMK keyboard firmware.
  • Solder and connect the internal speaker.
  • Rebuild a USB floppy drive using a stepper motor controlled by the Arduino (which you programmed) to remove the drives from the software control.
  • Create an ADB Peripheral Board with KiCAD design, Teensy board and Arduino Pro Micro.
  • Configure the ATtiny85 to control powering the motherboard and screen, as well as playing a startup sound.
  • Create a modified Mini vMac Emulator on a Linux system.
  • Create your own Brewintosh stereotype with raised text and foil it with laminator.
  • Create custom multi-color Brewintosh decals, print them, apply UV resin. for a glossy finish and cure them.
  • Create and print a replica of the back of the original Mac.
  • Record yourself doing all these steps and turn it into a fun video

Watch the video below and learn more about what went into the ArsTechnica project.

This follows yesterday's report suggesting that the Hackintosh era is coming to an end.

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