3D Printed Phone Holder | Easy to Make

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Intro: 3D Printed Phone Holder | Easy to Make

So you want a cool phone holder but don't want to use programming or a raspberry pi.

Never fear, the Sci-Fi Computer Phone Holder thingy is here! I created the model and animations so they align and fit together. Watch the video to learn more! You might be thinking, will this fit my phone? It can! If your phone's screen is 5.3in then simply print and assemble. If your phone size is different, I created a very fast printing template so you can test different size scaling. For example, if you scale the template to 105% and that fits perfect, then print just the control panel to that same scale and it should fit your screen. I think this would work great as a movie prop or a good conversation piece at work.

Video with entire assembly:

Video of graphics to display:

Step 1: Materials

3D printed parts (keyboard, stand, and display)

A cell phone that can play YouTube videos

IC chips, 8 pin and 16 pin. (Optional for decoration)

Link to 3D files: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2855723

Step 2: 3D Printing

If you have a 3D printer, then great! Go ahead and print the 3 parts, no supports and 20% infill.

If you dont have a 3D printer, you can search for websites like 3DHubs, so you can have people in your area with printers print it for you.

I recommend black filament but if not, you can always spray paint it black. I also sprayed a matte clear to dull the black filament to look like computer plastic.

Everyone's phone is slightly different. The screens are all the same ratio, 16:9. So all you have to do is 3D print the fast printing template and pull up the youtube video to see how it fits. If you end up scaling the template by like 105 percent and it fits perfect, then simply print just the front panel to that scale and it will match.

Step 3: IC Chips

This is to add to the realism and look like this thing actually works but it's just decoration.

You can find ic chips at most electronic hardware stores or easily at ebay or amazon. Clip off the legs and glue to the front panel. A thick craft glue or super glue should work great.

Step 4: YouTube Video

I will provide a link to the 1 hour video of the screen graphics. I recommend increasing your screens brightness all the way to enhance the effect but keep in mind that this may make the phone warm and lower the battery faster.

Step 5: Assembly

Place the phone with the YouTube video to rest on the 3D printed stand, position the keyboard to align infront, and place the front panel infront of the phone. That's it! You now have a cool looking conversation piece or an awesome movie prop to spice up your phone.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did creating it. I make lots of cool random things on my YouTube channel - 3DSage so feel free to check it out. Thank you! :)

https://www.youtube.com/c/3dsage/videos

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    Oh, great. Now I'm gonna have to make this. Of course, I don't have a smartphone, so I'll have to hack it to work with a tablet or Raspberry Pi. Who knows, maybe I can make the displays and controls actually function, with real data? Wouldn't that be cool. And now I have the crazy idea of using this to house a flight control panel for a custom drone.

    Anyways, thanks for the awesome project and inspiration, I really like it!

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    RayP24

    3 months ago

    Hilarious! Well done. Oh if only Steve Jobs hadn't existed all our technology would look like this

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    3DSageRayP24

    Reply 3 months ago

    You might be right haha. Thank you for your comment and I am glad you enjoyed it!

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    Alex in NZ

    4 months ago

    This is an awesome idea. I love the way you've got the various pieces of the display showing through. This should totally have been in the "Aliens" movie because it fits perfectly with the design ethos there.

    Thank you so much for showing this :-)

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    3DSageAlex in NZ

    Reply 4 months ago

    Thank you so much! Yes! This could be a great movie prop. I could see it in blade runner, minority report, mission impossible, something like that. I'm a big movie fan and I think it's fun to create props so I will be making more!