8 Coolest 3D Printed Phone Accessories
Mobile phones are everywhere. We're always on them, whether it's for work or just scrolling through social media. Sometimes it gets boring looking at a phone for so long.
Your eyes fell on a design online, and you wanted a phone case of that design. But none of the providers are selling that design, and the options you found are boring.
But now that 3D printing is so popular, you can make your own phone accessories. Everything from phone stands to custom cases can be made at a fraction of the cost.
Are 3D Printed Accessories Strong?
There is no doubt that 3D printing components are strong enough to be used in making common plastic products that will withstand more than a few impacts and can even endure high temperatures.
The general rule of thumb is that ABS is typically much more durable than PLA, although its flexibility may be slightly less than PLA. If you're making soft accessories, TPU or soft PLA are great.
With a 3D printer, there is so much that can be done with it. It allows you to get creative and print whatever you want for your mobile device.
So we've rounded up some of the coolest phone accessories that you can print on your 3D printer to add a personal touch to your phone. Now let's take a closer look at a few of those in more detail.
- Phone Cases
As soon as you have your first 3D printer, the first thing you want to print is a phone case, and that's the beauty of 3D printing. You can create something that's actually useful.
However, the question is whether a rigid or a flexible case is better. Well, if a case is too hard, it transfers the fall impact to the device, so it breaks. It would be a good idea to consider a TPU case, which allows for more flexibility while protecting your phone.
Having said that, let's take a look at the 3 most amazing phone cases you can create by using a 3D printer.
1. Triangle Pattern Case
This phone case features a unique triangle pattern that looks great on your iPhone and fits very well. There are openings for the volume and power buttons, the camera, and the charger as well.
This case not only gives your phone an elegant design but also protects it from backfalls while keeping it lightweight.
2. Clamshell (Plus Wallet)
This is the phone case you need if you want something tough yet practical. With this iPhone case, you can also store your wallet essentials in it while protecting your phone from scratches and bumps. This design incorporates four 10-mm M3 screws and four hex nuts.
The best material to print with is PLA, but PETG might work as well. You simply connect the screws to the hex nuts and then screw them through the case to connect them.
3. Gears Case
There's an awesome Geneva gear design on the back of this iPhone case. Unfortunately, the mechanism doesn't work, but it still looks great. It has openings for all the phone's ports and buttons, too.
The two x 2.75 mm pins should be printed twice in this case. Every other part should be printed once.
- Unique Phone Stands
The search for the perfect smartphone stand is not easy. While it's easy to find a unique-looking stand, it takes more than just looks to make it work. It depends on how you'll use your phone while it's on the stand.
3D printing is the answer to this problem. Don't waste your money on an expensive stand if you end up deciding it's not right for you and then having to buy another.
Or, you can just print out a bunch and experiment with them till you find the one that works for your phone.
Let’s now take a look at 3 awesome phone stands that you can assemble with your 3D printer.
1. Octopus Tentacle Stand
Designed to look like Octopus tentacles, this phone stand looks really awesome.
These octopus tails serve as carriers for your phone and have a supporting base.
Considering how tiny and unique it is, it makes for a great phone stand for desktops with limited space. A big plus of this stand is that it doesn't block any ports or buttons.
2. The Desktop Organizer
If you have too many things cluttering up the desktop of your office, this 3D printed desktop organizer can give you a sense of control.
There are a number of features on this handy multipurpose organizer, including a phone dock, pen stand, sticky note surface, and a carrying pocket for USB sticks.
3. Easy Chair Phone Holder (iArmchair)
This is the perfect phone stand for every lazy father out there. At this point, most smartphones should fit the iArmchair, but it was specifically designed for the iPhone. Additionally, this case has a charging channel, so it can serve as both a stand and a dock simultaneously.
- Honorable Mentions
1. Photography Studio
This Photography studio is actually really useful and is a great addition to the phone. The majority of people rely completely on their smartphones to take pictures.
Taking pictures of smaller objects, like 3D printing projects, can be a bit of a problem if you do not have the right equipment. That's what this photo studio is for!
This will not only allow you to get clearer and more stable shots, but it will also improve the quality of your photographs.
2. Gaming Triggers
These trigger buttons are a fantastic accessory for your smartphone, especially if you are a gamer. They are compatible with any smartphone or tablet that has a touchscreen and can improve the gaming experience significantly.
It is easy to clip and slide them on the side of your phone, giving you the look and feel of the console buttons right on your phone. These triggers are extremely useful for games such as PUBG Mobile, Fortnite, Rules of Survival, and many more.
So there you have it. These are the 8 coolest phone accessories you can print using a 3D printer. There is no doubt that 3D printing technology is a technology of the modern age that is more effective, cheaper, quicker, more environmentally friendly, more sustainable, and more flexible.
There are a lot of things to be done quickly in today's technology-driven world. That's why 3D printing technology has become such a valuable tool for converting ideas into reality. This is a great advantage in the world of printing.