is currently at it's peak of interest and use by the general public and through websites such as Shapeways
thousands of designs are available to order by anyone which will then be 3d printing by the company 'Shapeways' then shipped to the buyer's front door. After keeping a close eye on the trend of the designs available and which ones sell and by also contributing to the designs available myself, I have come to see that the popular items are either art
based or designed for their functionality
however not many seem to cross this boundary and be both, this is where my design comes in...
Let me introduce you to the 'TriStand Minimal' iPhone cases (both iPhone 4/4s version
and iPhone 5 version
): this is version 3.0 (after hundreds of design changes) of a 3D Printed iPhone case which now bridges the gap in the 3D Printing market between 'function'
, while having a modern stylish Skeleton like Minimalistic look, this iPhone case also functions in a revolutionary way:
iPhone cases have built in flip out kickstands
; these can be used to produce very geometrically stable stands to stand your
iPhone in 1 of 3 orientations
, a portrait orientation and 1 of 2 angles on both of the landscape orientations, one is great for typing, and the other is great for watching videos. The flip out stands fold flush to the case and 'snap' into place when not in use to stop the stands from opening by themselves. All this while keeping the thickness of the case at only 2.25mm (and 1.5mm at the sides).
This TriStand is printed as one piece
taking full advantage of the 3D Printing's ability to print moving parts in a single print, really showing off the capabilities of 3D Printing as a manufacturing technique, not only is this design manufactured by a 3D Printer, this design allows the whole product to be 3D Printed fully assembled in one piece, this means there is no need for product assembly; reducing the cost of manufacturing products and making them easier to produce, one step from manufacturing to packaging; thus showing 3D Printing as a very viable product manufacturing technique today.
I hope you like the design, if you like it enough, please vote for this entry in the 'Design Competition' and the 'UP! Contest'
If you like it a lot, you can buy
this iPhone case directly from Shapeways for manufacture through 3D Printing.
iPhone 5 version
iPhone 4/4s version
If you are interested in 3D Printing
please check out my other instructables showing some of my other 3D Printing ideas including:
'Captured Snowflake' Christmas Ornament
3D Printable Rubber Band Gun (With Prank Mode!),
Rubber Blaster 3D Printable iPhone 5 Case.
3D Printed 'Centrifugal Puzzle' - solved with a spin...
Some have been printed and some are still in the concept stages. I have also created design files for a controllable insulating cup so you can cool that coffee down and keep it at the right temperature!
Hopefully I will own a 3D Printer in the future however I currently use Shapeways
for my 3D prints which is to be honest quite expensive and it can take weeks to arrive.