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New Cell Phone Docking Cradle
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March 30, 2015, 01:48:13 PM
My car vent-mounting docking cradle broke (probably why it was so cheap on eBay) and it wasn't very well designed in the first place (the snap lip didn't have enough overhang, plus it was a side-mount).

So... I took a few measurements and designed a replacement cradle that would mate to the car vent-mount from the original cradle.  I had it printed at Shapeways (a local place wanted 4x as much money, which was too much just for next day service), so I had to wait 1.5 weeks, but se la vie.


Jeff

« Last Edit: March 30, 2015, 06:01:56 PM by Jeffin90620 »

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March 31, 2015, 12:41:48 AM
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Jeff, impressive.
Be interested to see how the material stands up to daily use/abuse.

Regards Tim
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March 31, 2015, 04:04:28 AM
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Thanks and I'm concerned about durability, too.

On the plus side, the material I used is described as Strong and Flexible.   8)


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March 31, 2015, 05:53:17 AM
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Hi Jeff,

yes, please define "strong and flexible"!  ;D

Is that prior, or, after manufacture/use?  I guess, time will tell . . .

Regards Tim
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April 07, 2015, 09:07:35 AM
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That's great!

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June 26, 2016, 12:43:16 PM
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Jeff, impressive.
Be interested to see how the material stands up to daily use/abuse.

Turns out, it lasted until the phone was obsolete.  I did a slight modification of the design to fit the new, longer phone and that is working, too.


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* June 26, 2016, 09:06:40 PM
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Jeff, impressive.
Be interested to see how the material stands up to daily use/abuse.

Turns out, it lasted until the phone was obsolete.  I did a slight modification of the design to fit the new, longer phone and that is working, too.

That's great Jeff,
What phone is it designed for?


Jeff

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June 26, 2016, 09:15:09 PM
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Pictured is the htc EVO 4G.  The modification is for the htc ONE M9 (which is a fraction of an inch longer but essentially the same width and thickness).  Took all of 30 seconds to make the modification and save the new STL file.


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* June 27, 2016, 12:53:58 AM
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Hi Jeff,
It looks like there are 3 pockets angled such that, no matter how it was oriented when printing, at least one will need scaffolding, but I can't see any remnants. How was it done?

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June 27, 2016, 01:48:47 AM
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It was 3D printed in Shapeway's Strong and Flexible Plastic (see https://www.shapeways.com/materials/strong-and-flexible-plastic, including the video at the end).

As such, I don't have to worry about undercuts, just sections that are too thin or fragile.


Jeff



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