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I've spent possibly a month trying to find any search result related to getting the button placements and measurements of a google pixel. anyone know a website that will tell me the measurements of the buttons? I need this so I will know where to place the holes in a phone case, and I don't want to just guess, because that can waste filament.
A somewhat easy (and very old fashioned) way to get a measurement on a complex surface is to do a rubbing even with tight graph paper or go to the other extreme and get multiple photographs and put them together in something like Meshlab and then you would still need some measurement for scale but the result would be an obj file in full 3d you could bring into Blender
I keep a metric digital caliper on my desk for this reason. Seriously, get one. Be careful measuring a phone though, the metal is sharp-edged and could scratch it easily.
i just finished my pixel one case. It took me a while to get everything lined up, but for the buttons i just found the center of the phone and measured how far up the side the bottom of the buttons were, made a box there. idk hard to describe but was unable to find any dimensional schematics of the phone and had to make mine from scratch. there are properly scaled models on cgtader for the phone.
I'd use the images from https://store.google.com/product/pixel_2_specs provides some clean images to use for scaling. It's about halfway down with the dimensions of the phone. From this, you can create a basic model of the phone, then place the front and back views to eyeball the surface features from the front & back views.
or if you look at https://support.google.com/pixelphone/answer/7157629?hl=en it marks out all the important features on the surface of the phone.
I hope that helps.