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3D printed ultimate all-in-one iphone case/ wallet/ money clip/ beer opener

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UPDATE:

The newer and improved version case can now be purchased in this 3d printing store front. It's more expensinve that i would like to make it.. But this is the only way it can purchased before it's manufactured. But i hope the fact it's a 3d printed case should give it the extra wow and therefore worth it.

http://www.shapeways.com/model/450144/sleek_all_in_one_iphone_4_case__card_holder__money.html

I'm Working on The Version with the bottle opener since it needs a metal part that cant be added in 3d printing.

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ok one tip i was given when making instructables was to make the begging very appealing.. here it goes

Are you tired of carrying a bunch of other stuff in your pockets? do you ever wonder i wish i could just get one item that does it all? Well after a lot of research and personal pocket experience i have been able to design a product that covers pretty much everything you will need out in the road.. Wallet, credit card holder, id holder, business card holder, money clip, earphone holder.. and YES a bottle OPENER.. all in a tiny very compact case that will also prevent damages to your iphone.. this is like the Macgyver of the iphone cases.. this is like the swiss army of wallets.. this is like the master of money clips.. this is insanity!!

The motivation behind this iphone wallet was in part when i saw a girl at the club with no purse... She was using her bra as a wallet.. she had some cash, some credit cards, her ID and thats about it. If you think about it that pretty much all what you need when you go out in the world.  So not only this is perfect for girls but is also perfect for guy that hate carrying a lot of stuff around in their pockets.


The thickness was very essential.. my iphone had a hard shell case that was about 1 millimeter thick of clear acryilic. This is definetly no Utter box case or whatever that horrendous case is called. I liked this case because it protected against falls and yet added very little to "pant bulge"** While making this wallet/case i made sure it keep the strength to protect the phone and still keep the case extremely thin. Right now the credit card section adds just about 5 millimeters

When Designing this i encountered a lot of issues that took a lot of time and countless hours to figure out. I found very little help from designers out there who already had accomplished creating a case. I guess the common belief is why share your knowledge with others who might compete with you.. i understand that feeling.. However, by making this tutorial i'm giving you the basics that i wish someone had given me. Good luck my fellow designers. ***All i ask is to please go and vote for me in both the shopbot contest and the make it real contest :) 

Materials 
- 3d program (like Solidworks or Maya)
- 3d printer or access to the internet so you can get it printed
- tons of creativity and patience

** Pant Bulge is the look you get when you have a lot of stuff in your pocket

PS.. Please check out my other instructable that incorporates earphone organizer into your watch band 
http://www.instructables.com/id/3d-printed-6th-gen-nano-watch-band-w-earphone-org/




 
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Step 1: How to Come up with the idea

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When Designing a new product you need to identify your problems and then design your product.

My main problem was pant bulge.. i hate the look you get when wearing a nice pair of pants and you have all these stuff in your pockets making you look like you are growing something on your legs or butt. The wallet is been a huge peeped of mine since i started to develop back pains because the bulge of my wallet was making my back crocked while i sat at work for hours.. I have since  reduced the amount i carry in my wallet in order to reduce the thickness on it.. 

My other problem is that i'm a very forgetful person.. Sometimes i will forget my wallet or my headphones. If you like to listen to music at work or like to buy anything. You know that when you forget these is a pain in the butt. 

So i first tried to buy a iphone case that did similar stuff as mine.. However, most of them only did one or two things.. None of them did it all. Some like the headphone organizer actually made the iphone so thick it looked like a freaking camel!

So i started researching the internet and found out that there are some places that are very affordable. If you design your case well enough you can use very little material and actually make your 3d printed case almost cheaper than your store bought case

So in summary
Identify your problem.
Try to find out if there is a solution out there
Design your product that fixes your problems
get it 3d printed.

This are a couple of 3d printing websites
Ponoko.com
Shapeways.com
Sculpteo.com
If you find a cheaper website let me know
 

Step 2: How to 3d model, check for thickness, close holes, and get your product 3d printed

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I made this tutorial so you won't make the same mistakes that i did.. It took me forever for get my case to be the correct size. The problem was that i was basing my measurements of the apple's specs page.. This is a bad idea.. you don't have all the measurements you need here.. you have to find the CADs page.

https://developer.apple.com/resources/cases/

This is crucial since iphone cases have to be down to the millimeters to look and work properly. That little tip right there would save you days!! your welcome...

Anyways, once you find the correct measurements you can build a 3d model or you can find one that has already been made.. scale it down to size and use it as a template to make your iphone case.

http://grabcad.com/search?utf8=%E2%9C%93&query=iphone+4

This is another crucial part you have to take notice. Programs export files at different sizes..  Maya said my item was 1 millimeter thick however, when i export it and import it into Shapeways.com it keep saying the item was huge and it would cost hundreds of dollars

The problem was that shapeways and maya had different ways to measure stuff.. i saw people using rhino and other programs and they had similar issues.. The way i was able to go around this .. in Maya i exported a small square that was 10 millimeters big.. when imported into shapeways.com it said it was 4 millimeters.. Therefore, .4 millimeters in maya = 1 millimeters in shapeways.. (note when picking what type of measurements pick inches)

That again took me couple of days to figure it out... the problem is that Shapeways.com will accept a model that is not thick enough in certain parts and will only let you know when they are canceling your order :(

Model your case.. create measuring squares to make sure is thick enough

Now the more complicated your case is the more you might have to worry about thickness.. You could manually check to make sure your thickness is the same everywhere. However, i found this website which actually will check the thickness for you.. this is incredible.. it saved me so much time. However, this website is way more expensive... So i decided to use shapeways.com (like i said these guys aren't giving me any money so if you know another cheaper place let me know :)

i hope this helps.. it will save you tons of work.. and if you use this to make your iphone case.. please share your results


I made this video to show you how to make a simple iphone case with a credit card holder.. i also provided the resulting model. (please note that i have changed the model since then considerably and added more features)

Step 3: How it works

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Phone wallets are usually big, thick and clumsy looking.. Some look like small purses mainly because they are made out of leather or fabric.. some have money clips and some don'.

However adding a money clip on top the credit card holder makes it more thick.. at least the way they do it. Same thing with earphone holders and bottle openers.

The way my Iphone case works is that the money clip also works as a pressure pin to keep the credit cards from falling out. The money clip also works as a bottle opener (if this design is done in some kinda metal) and finally the bottom part of the money clip works also as part of the earphone organizer.

By combining all these features in the money clip area you are maximizing the efficiency of the case and also reducing it's thickness

quickie8175 months ago

Very nice design. The only thing I can see wrong with this product is that if it gets stolen, then that means you've pretty much lost everything because it is all nicely bundled up for the thief's convenience. lol

AJSlack2 years ago
Any plans to release an updated case for the iPhone 5 coming out in Sept/Oct? If so, about how long will it take until they are ready to sell?
mstyle183 (author)  AJSlack1 year ago
As soon as I'm able to get the measurements I'm making it.. If the design stays consistent like flat design.. I can get it done in a couple days.. But I have to test it.. So the shipping might take longer than me making the model
skoster2 years ago
Does the case come in blue? it looks like blue on one of the pics from shapeways store: http://images1.sw-cdn.net/model/picture/640x476_450144_450153_1338961277.jpg
mstyle183 (author)  skoster2 years ago
question did you order last night? someone ordered it in black detail.. this is my 1st sale on that.. sorry it bounced.. this material has different specs
mstyle183 (author)  skoster2 years ago
sorry man that is a 3d rendering.. only colors available is red, purple black, and white.. i told them to make it available in pink and blue.. but is not ready yet

I think that is a very slick case. I could probably trim down the glut in my wallet to a debit card and drivers license for day to day life. I'd opt out of the bottle opener. It was cool to add as a flat design challenge but I think if you have a cold beer, there is something around to open it with. : )

Nice project and well done.
xayllon2 years ago
Is Iphone 4 the only mobile in the market or what?
I would buy one if you had them for sale. The only thing i dont like is the cards and the money in the clip are touching the back of the phone and might scratch it as you put them in or pull them out. I'll be sure to vote for you
mstyle183 (author)  ginger snaps2 years ago
Thanks for the feedback

hey man i fixed it so it's stronger.. and added a small layer to prevent the card from touching your case..

http://www.shapeways.com/model/450144/sleek_all_in_one_iphone_4_case__card_holder__money.html

I'm Working on The Version with the bottle opener since it needs a metal part that cant be added in 3d printing.

mstyle183 (author)  ginger snaps2 years ago
Thanks for your vote!!
mstyle183 (author)  ginger snaps2 years ago
I could easly fix this.. it would add a millimeter which is not that bad.. and 3d printing cost.. but honestly i dont see this as a huge problem cause credit cards dont really scratch.. that i notice so far
mdc1232 years ago
Is it possible to purchase this product?
mstyle183 (author)  mdc1232 years ago
The newer and improved version case can now be purchased in this 3d printing store front. It's more expensinve that i would like to make it.. But this is the only way it can purchased before it's manufactured. But the fact it's a 3d printed case should give it the extra wow and therefore worth it.

http://www.shapeways.com/model/450144/sleek_all_in_one_iphone_4_case__card_holder__money.html

I'm Working on The Version with the bottle opener since it needs a metal part that cant be added in 3d printing.

mstyle183 (author)  mdc1232 years ago
im improving this product as we speak right now.. i'm listening to some feedback and making it better and stronger.. once i'm done i'll put ti on sahpeways and will do a kickstarter page right after that
Kryptonite2 years ago
If you were able to incorporate a blade into this, it would be the ultimate pocket product. If you were to sell these, I'm sure you could sell thousands!
I agree. Do you have your own 3D printer and how much does it cost to print each one?
mstyle183 (author)  madhatter4542 years ago
No I used a 3d printing website.. I wish.. Vote for me so I can get one.. It cost about 25 bucks to get it printed
That is really cool. I agree that you could sell them even if you didn't add any new features. I don't have an iphone so I don't want to spend $25 plus shipping to give me as a gift to someone, but if you get the price down somehow, I might. I would suggest you add a plastic toothpick slot and maybe some of the other things that slide out of swiss army knives (http://i.imgur.com/wfSyk.png), if you make the slots the same size you can order the replacement parts from Victorinox and use them. http://www.swissarmy.com/us/category/Category/Parts-Accessories/1010?f=category&v=1/100/1010&m=add
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mstyle183 (author)  madhatter4542 years ago
interesting.. if i get these manufactured instead of 3d printed it would be way cheaper.. also if i win the 3d printer.. i can make them my self and sell them cheaper :) ill check this website out thanks man
I have shown several people this but one of them brought up an interesting question, won't it demagnitize the credit cards? I have never had this happen personally, but my dad and someone else claim that if they leave their phone next to their credit cards then the magnetic strip stops working.

Personally, I never thought that a mobile produced a strong enough magnetic field, even during phone calls or speaker use but several people have told me they have had this problem. Have you been using the one you made?
mstyle183 (author)  madhatter4542 years ago
hi.. i waited a bit to respond to this.. i been carryng 2 credit cards in my credit card holder religiously since i received this . its been a couple of weeks and i can honestly tell you that i havent had any issue with them.. they still work perfectly..

ill let you know.. but i dont see this happening as i also think the magenetic field is waY too small
mstyle183 (author)  madhatter4542 years ago
just add this to the credit card holder... http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0001WOKWQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=azg08-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0001WOKWQ
That's a brilliant idea.

Another one coming up: have the back piece with all the extra hold-'ems able to come off, so it's possible to just have an iPhone case.

Now all these things may make the case a little ridiculously large, though they're good idea nonetheless!
I tried to go vote for this one but can only find the watch on the Make it Real contest, Am I missing something?
mstyle183 (author)  madhatter4542 years ago
i dont know why my iwatch got approved and this one didnt.. it took them couple of days to do it too.. i gonna try to find out
mstyle183 (author)  Kryptonite2 years ago
lol sounds like a challenge.. challenge accepted http://alltheragefaces.com/img/faces/large/determined-challenge-accepted-l.png
Lisa_Bonita2 years ago
This is awesome! You should make them in pink for the ladies! :)
mstyle183 (author)  Lisa_Bonita2 years ago
hmm they only make them in red.. but ill see what i can do about it :)
unreal_ed2 years ago
Could you share the file for the case? I have access to a 3d printer and I was hoping to get it printed myself
mstyle183 (author)  unreal_ed2 years ago
sorry cant give out the final model.. however, i have given out a similar model out in step 3 :)
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