Fan Creates an Incredible, Working Version of the Simpsons’ TV

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The Simpsons’ TV set has been brought to life by way of a miniature 3D-printed replica, which imitates the titular family’s animated version.

A Twitter user brought the classic Simpsons screen to the screens of our many devices this morning by sharing a Reddit post that details the inner workings of the incredible replica, designed and printed by u/buba447. The accompanying video demonstrates the capabilities of the TV set, which “plays the first 11 seasons at random,” and has working knobs too.

The creator revealed that the TV itself and all of its parts were designed in Fusion 360 and then printed on an Ender 3 Pro. “Inside is a raspberry pi zero with a 32gb and card. The pi is connected to a 640×480 tft display,” the Redditor explained, sharing more information about the tech inside the 3D-printed model. “The pi is running Jessie Lite.”

“The episodes were all compressed specifically for the screen and loaded onto the SD card,” they added in the post, which has received more than 80,000 upvotes. “When the Pi is powered up, through the USB port on the back of the tv, it starts playing episodes at random. When [an] episode ends the next is randomly selected.”

The video shows the TV functioning, with the top knob turning the screen on and off while also muting the volume, and the turning of the bottom knob to raise and lower the volume on the episode as it plays on-screen. The creator explained that the first button has been wired up to GPIO while the second is a POT that is connected to a speaker inside the model.

If you don’t have a replica of The Simpsons TV set, then you may have to opt for a more traditional way to watch episodes of the long-running animated series. Fox has already renewed The Simpsons for seasons 33 and 34, ensuring the series will remain on the air until at least 2023 with lots of new episodes, including one with “wall-to-wall music.”


Adele Ankers is a freelance writer for IGN. Follow her on Twitter.

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