This is a customizable phone stand and charging station. The features I was trying to hit when designing this:
- quick, one motion charging (should just be able to put the phone in the charger with one hand, and not have to fiddle with cables, etc).
- phone screen/buttons should be accessible when phone is docked
- stability -- should not tip over easily when inserting/removing phone
- aesthetics -- it should look nice.
I originally designed a static model in Carrara, which worked well over the past few years, but it was specific to my phone, so I never posted it on Thingiverse. When I recently replaced my phone, I needed a different size, so I decided to do it up in openscad this time around, and publish it for everyone to use.
This design assumes the use of a Micord 90 degree USB cable (links below). The L connector is low profile, which allows the stand to be lower, which makes it more stable, and makes it look nicer. Links for ordering: usb C: amazon.ca / amazon.com , micro usb: amazon.ca / amazon.com Iphone: amazon.com
The design also requires either one bolt or crazy glue to attach the cable. For bolts, either an M4 x 8mm or 6-32 x 1/4" will work with the default settings. You can adjust the screw hole size if you have a larger bolt kicking around.
The current default sizes are for a moto-g6, with a Spigen Rugged Armor case. For customizing for your own phone, see the print settings section. If you do find some measurements that work well for your phone, please let me know so I can publish them here.
Currently, this only supports the Micord adapters. I just discovered however, that micord now carries a right angle lightning (Iphone) charger as well. I'm assuming this is the same thickness (7mm) as the Micro-usb/USB-C chargers, and thus, this should work for Iphones as well. If someone tries, please let me know. If you have another adapter that you want to use, let me know, and I can tweak the design
For fit and finish: I like to print in ABS and vapor-smooth to get a really nice look. You need a good heated bed, that's been cleaned (with acetone) prior to printing though to prevent warp. This is designed to print without supports, but you may get a couple of strings underneath in the cable section. They're not visible though, and shouldn't effect functionality, so it should be OK.
PLEASE READ THE PARAGRAPH ON PHONE THICKNESS....
To create this for a custom phone case, you need to measure the exact dimensions of the phone. The measurements are all in mm, and should be within .5mm of the actual values.
phone_height: (The longest dimension of the phone). This isn't actually used for this particular model, but may be used in future versions.
phone_width: (The second largest dimension) - this is the width.
phone_thickness: PLEASE READ! This is the thickness of the phone where the back of the stand touches the phone. If your phone has a curved back, this will be smaller than the phone's published thickness! The measurement should be taken one cm from the side, and about two centimeters up. Do not measure the thickness at the center of the phone, as this may be incorrect.
charger depth: This is the distance from the front of the phone to the MIDDLE of the usb connector. This should be as exact as possible for a good fit.
charger offset: This will be 0 unless your phone's charger is off-center from left-right (I have yet to see a phone like that, but I did accommodate for it in case someone needs it)
base type: There are two base types: 0: flat, and 1: curved. 1) looks a little nicer if acetone smoothed, but currently it uses features that openscad 1.5.3 does not yet support... You may be forced to use 0 for now off of thingiverse. I will try to update the program to use non-1.8 specific methods.
hole diameter -- This is the hole for the screw at the back. For M4 or 6-32 screws, I found 3mm works quite well. Screws will self tap in holes at that diameter. If you are using another screw type, you can look up the pilot hole size for that screw.
front text -- This is custom text that will appear on the front of the phone. This can be left blank for no text. LEAVE BLANK IF ACENTONE SMOOTHING! I tried this, and while the text remained intact, it was very difficult to read due to the shininess of the surface.
Overprint -- this is how much your printer overprints on a non-base layer. If not sure, try printing a 1cm cubed, and measure the actual width with a caliper. Any difference from 1cm is your overprint. Most printers are between 0 and 0.2 mm.
play -- this is the amout of play built into the model. This is currently .5mm, but can be adjusted to give a tighter or looser fit for the phone. .5 seems to work quite well.
Motorola g6, with Spigen Rugged Armor Case: width 77.0, height: 150.0, thickness: 11.1, charger_depth: 5.9
Iphone8 Otterbox case: width: 74, height 146, thickness: 12.5, charger depth: 4.5
- rotated finished object for correct orientation
- added mounting holes to bottom
- text is now embossed rather than sticking out
- rotated object again so it faces forwards
- decrease minimum thickness to 8.5mm, and adjusted back plate to always be 2mm thick
- remove beveled corners from cord path (hopefully cord will form backwards a little nicer)
- added thingiverse tag to bottom
- MAJOR FIX: do not round bottom corners -- Phones with square corners would not fit well inside the holder. This is now fixied.
- Removed Thingiverse Logo
- made error detection work -- it will now print error if user puts in invalid parameters