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Published on March 19th, 2017 | by Geetika Bhasin

Oculus integrates VR with 3D printing technology in its Rift handset for Rift Touch Controller modifications

Virtual reality and 3D printing are parallel technologies that transcend beyond human imagination. The Rift headset by Oculus is a highly advanced VR which has aroused speculation and interest by the adoption of 3D printing technology. Gamers can 3D print their accessories for the touch controllers by Rift. People who have a 3D printing knowledge and a printer can print their own versions of Touch controllers. Oculus has made the CAD files, serving as a guideline, available online for interested people.

This release comes a year after the Rift headset was launched last year. Oculus is interactive with its users and is making a note of all the proposed changes suggested by them. There seem to be many possible modifications to the existing designs using 3D printing technology. Customized handles, grips, and mounts of the touch controller, which suits the user’s requirement, are now possible to implement.

This technology can also be implemented to third-party controllers. The released CAD files contain the design of the Rock band guitar adapter and the new 3D printed devices will also connect to the Touch controllers easily. Oculus is not the first company to make its technology available to third parties. Previously HTC and Valve have released VRs and shared the 3D design details with its consumers and also the tracking details for accessing the VR technology. With this conscious effort by giant companies, we will see greater integration of VR in our daily lives.

These designs and creations are currently available only to 3D printing experts, but maybe in time, these designs could be available to people commercially. With these releases, there seems to be a potential for VR to be available to the wider markets. Integration of the 3D printing technology with VR could be exceptionally benefiting to the people with special requirements and limited mobility.


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