Custom case designs...
adrian.cockcroft at gmail.com
Tue Jul 3 19:03:47 CEST 2007
I've been designing cases for the homebrew mobile club, posting the design
files on the wiki and producing them on a 3D printer.
I can get these individually made for $40 or so each at
a custom case for the FIC 1973 hardware would be smaller and cost less (its
The CAD software I used didn't really handle embossing text into the case
very easily, and I think its better to use a laser cutter/etcher to write
vector and raster patterns into the surface afterwards. The laser is 1200
dpi, and the 3D printer is more like 100dpi resolution. You can write
anything you want onto just about anything solid that doesn't release toxic
fumes with a 45W CO2 laser. (e.g. you can't write on foam and PVC releases
Chlorine :-) It will etch metal, but can't cut through it.
If FIC release mechanical design spec's for the internal dimensions it would
be easier to wrap a case around it.
On 7/3/07, Hans van der Merwe <hvdmerwe at sunspace.co.za> wrote:
> On Tue, 2007-07-03 at 16:52 +0200, ramsesoriginal wrote:
> > First they wil lthink that it's a rip-off of the iPod customisation.
> > Then they will think that it's not useful, not functional, only
> > thrown-away money.
> > Then they will see how cool it looks at their buddy's neo, and will
> > buy one for themselves ;)
> > On 7/3/07, Tim Newsom <cephdon at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I have been thinking a little more about this and I struck
> > upon an
> > idea... What if you could buy a custom case with a custom
> > message on
> > it.
> > I am not talking about painted messages but letters and shapes
> > cast into
> > the plastic shell.
> > Raised, sunk, custom fonts etc.
> > Naturally we can't just replicate the exact neo1973 shell
> > without
> > permission, but maybe something like it and removing the FIC
> > logo
> > (unless we get permission to use it) or the like.
> > This is more of a vanity thing than a functional thing.. But
> > what do
> > people think of it?
> > --Tim
> Some of the guys here at work (actually most of them) seem to hate the
> rounded sides/corners of the phone - any plans maybe on making it
> ps. Im an engineer - I dont care what it looks like :)
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