Personalised Phone Case

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Personalised Phone Case by Gyrobot Jul 16, 2013
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I know I know, the last thing Thingiverse needs is another phone case, but this is more about sharing an idea than offering anything to download, such is the true personal nature of this thing.

My daughter Lauren, went round her friendship group and asked them to write down their tag on a piece of paper. A bit of graphics manipulation later and a conversion into .dxf cad file I was able to deboss these into a truly personalised phone case for her.

For that special one off gift, I hope this inspires others to make something like this too.



Workfow :
1 . Scan the image by taking a picture of it.

  1. Use Gimp/Photshop etc to manipulate the image into monochrome b/w.
  2. Create the cad profile .dxf by using this free image to cad software from http://www.img2cad.com/
  3. Import the .dxf file into your favorite CAD package to create the deboss.

I have not included the actual personalised case for the reason that I do not want it printed by anyone else (why should they want to?) and afterall, it is meant to be unique. I have however uploaded a free iPhone 4 for the first million downloaders.

I printed the case with only a single perimeter around the infill, this gave the best definition for the lettering.

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I am new to the world of 3D printing, & only just stumbled on this now. This is a very neat idea!! Thanks for sharing!!

I forgot to ask...do you have a file for a Samsung S7? (Not the S7 Edge)? Thx? I figure I am VERY much pushing my luck by asking, but I also know that you can never be certain until you actually ask :)

I love this idea because you can make however many names, and write them out all differently. I really wan to make this, if I do I'm going to have everybody who's name I want my friends, or my class. The only problem is I have no idea what kind of case it is, I would need iPhone 4, is that what it is? I can't tell because the picture you posted is at an angle. But great idea!

Hi, this thing is based on an iphone 4, it's stated in the instructions tab and in the name of the stl downloads.

It's an excellent idea. I suppose you have modified the back of the case to be more thicker. Will you publish the virgin case STL file you used?

You wish is granted, stl and step files uploaded.

What was this printed on?

Hi, it was printed on an Orca 0.4x from Mendel Parts.

how did you get the bottom so smooth?

Hi, the secret is to print on a single sheet of glass with watered down PVA solution. No more tape lines, patterns and rips.

Nevermore a secret !