I uploaded an image to help resolve a few issues people are having. Sanding on the face of the rails will help if the joycons have too much resistance when trying to slide them on. See my previous update about extrusion multiplier. Also if you notice your joycons popping out too easily or won't lock at all, odds are the catch for your latch isn't flat. Sand the appropriate areas that are shown in orange and you should be good!
So after talking to several people online here on Thingiverse and elsewhere, I have been doing some tinkering and came up with a simple test print you can do to get your printer ready to handle the rails. After several test prints myself, I think what has effected me the most was my extrusion multiplier being set too high. For some reason I had set mine at 1.10 for something and forgot to change it back to 0.90, which is normal for pla. Takes about 1hr 23mins to print the test rails with my settings.
I intend to leave these grips on Thingiverse to share with the community (under a non-commercial license). However, I do run an etsy shop on the side so if you want me to print these grips instead of yourself, or you don't have access to a 3d printer, that is what the shop is for!
I will also upload designs not available on Thingiverse to the shop, so check it out if you want something new or different.
Been wanting a comfortable grip for the Nintendo Switch for a long time. Found several different ones other people made, but not exactly what I wanted.The closest thing I could find was designed by jgr526 (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2234489) but it was for using the switch in portable mode. Manabun also designed a pretty simple rail style grip (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2523187), however I had to sand the rails down alot to get my joycons to fit. I have used both and they are pretty great in their own way, so I decided to combine their two styles and make an all-in-one grip that fit my needs. Mad props to them for giving me the inspiration!
Edit 04/23/18 - Added Star Wars Empire and Rebel designs.
Edit 04/27/18 - Added Zelda BotW design
Edit 04/29/18 - Added blank template for anyone wanting to remix
Edit 05/16/18 - Added Overwatch design
Edit 06/13/18 - Added rail test .stl for easy printer tuning.
- I recommend adding supports to the gap-lock area at the top of the rails and also adding extra supports to bottom of the grips to ensure a smooth finish. I have included my s3d support file if anyone wants to use it.
- Rotating the grip 45° on the Z axis when printing helped me at least for getting the first layer to stick.
- You shouldn't have to sand or trim the finished print other than remove supports. Just slide the joycons on the grip rails until they click and lock. Print and Play!
- To remove the joycons, press with on the back release button with one hand and use your other hand to push up from the bottom of the grip.
Here is a link to my joycon button covers: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2874433