Original apple desktop bus mouseFinished foam core mouse

To get acquainted with three-dimensional prototyping in foam core, I created a model of the first mouse I ever used, the Apple Desktop Bus mouse. The mouse was first released in 1986 alongside the Apple IIGS.

I don’t have the original mouse on hand, so I used a combination of memory and photographs to reconstruct the approximate dimensions and proportions. (It might have been more interesting to have worked completely from memory, since I haven’t used one of these vintage mice in at least 18 years.)

I drew up the plans in Adobe Illustrator, printed them to scale, and then used the scale print to guide the cutting process for the model mouse.

Foam core plansThe final

Original mouse photo by Pinot & Dita