3D Printed Hard Cover to Car Mount Adaptor!
An alternative to trying to make sense of the mobile phone after market is, as always, Do-It-Yourself. On this occasion others did 'it' for me and I'm grateful, as I'll explain.
What am I taking about? 3D printing that's what. 3D printers are eye-wateringly expensive for a few seemingly off-the-shelf parts. And sometimes things go wrong
But no matter; the technology is in its infancy and will mature to match the pockets of the 'early majority' of its potential users in time.
I have been following thingiverse.com for a while - site catalogue of 3D things to print - and came across this for the N7.2
For the uninitiated - what you do is download the code to print the item in the form of a .stl file - normally zipped - and then send the file to a 3D printer.
I found one of the many on-line printing services - as it happens - on eBay. Dale Charnock of Lune-Valley 3D
was very helpful. I sent him the.stl file and promptly received an email telling me it would cost nothing to print! Nothing; zilch; not a penny. Dale explained that to get people interested in 3D printing he was offering first time customers a free print - for a while. So with nothing to lose I asked Dale to run the print.
A couple of days later it arrived in the post. Dale had added a rubberized spray coating that makes holding the N7 in your hand feel much more secure. He did say the coating was expensive and would in future probably make a charge for that.
My original idea for the printed cover was to produce a holder that I could cannibalize to make a car mount. My last car mount for my now sold N7.1 cost nearly 50 Euro from Brodit. It is a superb mount but way too expensive for a chunk of ABS plastic.
Serendipity! What I found was the 3D print cover fit very nicely into my N7.1 Brodit mount - meaning I now had a Brodit car mount adaptor! Whoohey! See the photos below.
All that remains is to remove a millimeter or so from the end wings from the clip - as the N7.2 is a couple of millimeters longer than its predecessor. A file or end mill will do it.
More and more things to print are being added daily to Thingiverse take a look.