Introduction: The Ultimate Electronics Holder (Silly Solutions)
Last year my dad got us an Ender 3 3D Printer. Ever since then, my sister and I have loved designing things on Tinkercad. When I found out about the Tinkercad Student Design Contest, I started brainstorming. Unfortunately, It was only about 30 days away from the contest closing when I started designing. I measured the electronics with a measuring tool called a caliper. A caliper is a tool that basicaly pinches somthing and measures it. You may notice a few things wrong with my pictures. The reason why the Tablet Holder is only half-printed is because we printed it over-night and it ran out of filliment. It took about 300 grams of filiment, and we only had about 250 grams. You also may notice that I have a file to the TV Remote Holder, but I dont have a picture of it. Thats because we needed to print my sister's thing for this same contest (I reccomend you check it out. Its a bed book holder). so we didnt have enough time to both my Remote holder and her bed book holder. Without futher ado, here's how to design a holder for your electronics.
1. A Tinkercad account
3. A 3D printer
4. A love of designing
Step 1: Extensions
First, I made the extensions(the remote holder, the airpod holder and the disc rack). The extensions are what connet to the main event (The Tablet Holder). It is very easy to make extensions. First, you take a Tinkercad socket connector( you can find it in the connectors tab)(you can also use other connector but just be sure to use the right kind of the other connector.) Then, you take a box hole(from the basic shapes tab). you then have to measure your electronics length, width, and hight(measure how deep you want the electronic to be in the hole)and then make those measurements to make the size of the hole you may want to make it a little bigger in case your measurements are non-accurate(IMPORTANT INFO! PLEASE READ! you are going to want to edit grid to millimeters or inches depending on what your ruler measures in units. you can find edit grid in the bottom-right coner of your work plane screen). Then take another box(solid this time)and make it slightly bigger than the box hole(maybe, 1.25 inches or so bigger).Then take the hole and lift it a little. Then, group both boxes together(after aligning it). Next, take the connector and put it where you want it to go. on the box. and, if your electronic has a charging port, you may want to make a hole the size of the charger and put it on bottom so you can stick the charger through the box to charge your electronic. And thats how you make it!
Step 2: Repeat
Repeat step 1 until you have as many electronic extensions as you want.
Step 3: Designing the Main Event
Now you design the main event: the tablet/phone holder. This is the hard part. First, take the connector oppisite of the connector you used for the extension(For example, if you used lock ball for the extension, then you would use socket for this one). Repeat until you have the same number of oppisite connectors as the extensions. Next, measure the width of your tablet and add another inch. Then make a box length that measurement. Do the same with the width. Then, put a box on top and in front of the measured box. Make sure its the length is the same as the measured box. Next, put another tall box behid it, this time only measure the length, you can make it as tall as you want. Then put another box underneth all of this. It only has to have the width of every thing else. Be sure to make its length long so it holds up well. So far you should have a object that is all the same length, a stick-out tablet holder and a stable floor. Next, take the connectors and place them wherever you want on the tablet holder. Then place a hole for the charger cord to run through. I could not run my cord through my hole. Put it through the tall part and the overhang tablet holder. Be sure to measure the cord. Thats all. Now on to the next step!
Step 4: Printing
Your extensions should'nt give you much trouble. You may want to do support for them, but other than that, its easy. The tablet holder, however, requires a little tweaking in Cura Ultimaker. You need to turn on support, set quality to standard, and put support to "everywhere". It will place support in your hole and under the over hanging tablet holding part. This is very VERY hard to get out of these places. It is, however, possible. My tablet holder would take 18 hours if we didnt run out of filliment. It took 252 grams of filliment if we were in the same senario.
Step 5: Enjoy!
Enjoy your fully costomizable, state-of-the-art unique tablet holder!
Participated in the
Tinkercad Student Design Contest