And fear not! If you don't have a 3D Printer or have a nearby Techshop, Shapeways is a great service to 3D Print whatever you need at a low cost.
Step 1: Gather Your Materials and Tools!
- your phone for reference
- charging cable for reference
- your current mount for reference
- double sided mounting tape; if you plan on taping it down
- 3D printer
- probably blue masking tape for your printer bed
- measurement tools
Step 2: Take Measurements
- 62mm wide
- 10mm thick
charging cable is:
- 10mm wide
- 5mm thick
- hard plastic nub ends 12mm away from end of phone
Step 3: CAD Design
I also put ports for my phone's mic and speakers. However, I didn't create a port for my audio jack, because the usb cable can plug into my stereo. Also this design is meant to have double-sided tape hold the dock on the mount, but you could design clips so that it clips in securely instead. So basically customize this mount to what you need.
Finally take a close look at your design and do your best to make sure everything should work when you actually use it.
*If you don't already know how to use a CAD program, this is a great exercise to take those little baby steps.
Step 4: Print It Up!
Step 5: Assembly and Finished!
And in my case, my dock is still pretty rough, because it still has some printing defects, stringyness, and off-color. However, this is just a quick prototype to make sure everything fits right, before I send it off to get it printed with better 3D printers from Shapeways =) I'd highly recommend the Strong, Flexible Plastic that comes in a variety of colors.