3D Printed Bracket Accessory for Nite Ize HandleBand Universal Smartphone Mount

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Introduction: 3D Printed Bracket Accessory for Nite Ize HandleBand Universal Smartphone Mount

About: Maker & tinkerer. I work in Hardware Strategy & Operations at Google. My interests include technology operations, sustainability, Right to Repair and innovation management. I also like to camp, kayak, …

I purchased a Nite Ize Handleband Smartphone Bar Mount at REI. I found it to be simple, effective and very easy to use on my road bike. In fact, it was such a simple concept that I wanted to extend its application.

The problem is simple: although the Handleband works great, it's only designed to attach to a shaft or bar. Worse, it can only properly attach to shafts with a narrow range of circumferences. This is a limitation.

Instead of being to be mounted to just a handlebar, I thought it would be cool to create a bracket for the handleband to slip on to and grip firmly. With bracket extensions, the handleband could attach to pretty much anything. In other words, this bracket is simply a translation from the Handleband form factor to any other surface. For my purposes, I want to fasten the bracket to a flat surface and a tripod to take time-lapse videos of my 3D prints with my Pixel smartphone. Why purchase a new tripod phone holder when you can adapt the Nite Ize handleband to this application--and it'll work even better!

Supplies

  • Nite Ize Handleband Universal Smartphone Bar Mount or some similar product
  • Access to a 3D printer

Step 1: Download the STL File. Modify It, If You Want.

I designed this bracket in TinkerCad (free online CAD program). You can download the file through this Instructable. You can take my file and modify it if you would like. For example, you may want to create a mounting bracket to attach the handleband (and therefore your phone!) to some outdoor recreation vehicle with a curved surface. The possibilities are endless!

Step 2: Print the Bracket.

Once you download it, use your software package of choice to make any modifications (printer specific settings, infill, etc.) I used Cura and Dremel 3D Idea Builder, which are both available for free.

Step 3: Enjoy! Use the Bracket to Mount Your Smartphone Anywhere!

Now you can use the handleband and bracket to mount your camera anywhere and in any position--not just on the right sized bar! Yay!

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    3 Comments

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    anjin12
    anjin12

    9 months ago

    Great project, but not one for the CNC contest.

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    briggs108
    briggs108

    Reply 9 months ago

    CNC refers to a broad range of technologies, and 3D printing is a subset of CNC. I realize that when most people say "CNC", they are referring to a subtractive manufacturing machine that controls a rotary tool in three-dimensional space; however, this contest explicitly includes 3D printing.

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    anjin12
    anjin12

    Reply 9 months ago

    thanks ... I had better get busy.