A fan builds a working replica of The Simpsons’ iconic television set that plays random episodes from the show’s first 11 seasons.
A Redditor may have just 3D printed the ultimate piece of Simpsons memorabilia with a functioning miniature version of the titular family’s iconic television set.
Software engineer Brandon Withrow, aka buba447 on Reddit, first shared The Simpsons’ television set in the 3D Printing subreddit community, where it began to go viral among both Simpsons fans and tech-enthusiasts. Withrow introduced the replica television with a short video and simple description, writing, “I designed and printed a working Simpsons TV. Plays the first 11 seasons at random without internet. Knobs work too!”
As the post went viral, more fans became curious about the technology that went into Withrow’s Simpsons passion project. The software engineer explained the television set runs on Raspberry Pi with a 32GB and card, connected to a 640×480 TFT display. The television set, and all its working parts, were designed in Fusion 360 and printed on an Ender 3 Pro.
“When the Pi is powered up, through the USB port on the back of the TV, it starts playing episodes at random,” Withrow explained of the television’s ability to play any episode from The Simpsons’ first 11 seasons at random. “When one episode ends the next is randomly selected.” This unique capability captures the “always on” feeling indicative of the long-running animated series.
As The Simpsons heads into Season 33, Withrow has managed to capture the first third of the series’ prolific catalog in one miniature set. Since many Simpsons fans consider the early seasons of the animated sitcom the show’s prime, this makes Withrow’s television set a particularly enviable piece of technology for fans of the Matt Groening-created series.
The Simpsons fans aren’t the only ones excited by Withrow’s creation, as many creators behind Fox’s iconic animated series have now commented on the television set themselves. On Twitter, Lisa Simpson actor Yeardley Smith said the invention was worth the time, and writer and executive producer Al Jean said he wants one in every room.
Many fans have echoed Jean’s sentiment about the bite-sized purple television set, and Withrow has good news for those interested in making one of their own. Following the viral popularity of the Simpsons TV, Withrow disclosed on Reddit that a guide is being put together to usher tech-savvy fans of The Simpsons through the process of creating a similar set.
The Simpsons will return to Fox for Season 33 on Sept. 26. The decades-spanning animated sitcom features the voice acting talents of Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Yeardley Smith, Harry Shearer, Julie Kavner and Hank Azaria.
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