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The Machines That Literally Made Atari’s Last Console

posted Aug 31, 2012, 10:33 AM by Troy Cheek   [ updated Aug 31, 2012, 10:33 AM ]
Here's something very cool: a rare look so far behind the scenes of how a video game console is made that you're seeing the very beginning. The injection moulds used to actually make the plastic components that came together to become an Atari Jaguar.

This is the complete Atari Jaguar Injection Mold Tooling package for all parts and components to build the Jaguar game system. This tooling package is complete and contains all the molds that make up the base housing, the game cartridge, all the buttons and light pipes and also the optional CD player assembly. The complete mold set when first built by Atari was extreme with costs hitting over $250,000.00 to design and build it. The Jaguar tooling received the best of everything, top grade Steel materials for the mold bases and a US based Injection molding group to handle and direct the project.

In 2012, the lot of them were sold for $4500, via this eBay auction.

Fun Fact: Imagin Systems, a manufacturer of dental imaging equipment, purchased the molding plates for several of the Jaguar's casings as, with minor modification, they were the right size for housing their HotRod camera. Even the game cartridge molds were reused to create an optional memory expansion card. Later product casings also bear a significant resemblance to the Jaguar.