Nexus 5 Inductive Charging Dock

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Nexus 5 Inductive Charging Dock by theredtape Nov 8, 2013
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Dock designed to cradle the nokia DT-900 qi inductive charger at an angle. I designed this specifically for my new Nexus 5 phone but it should work with most other cellphones.

I originally created this because the nokia charger is cheaper than the Nexus Orb (if you know where to look ). I wanted the angle but wanted to solve the problem of phones sliding off. Has worked well on my desk the last few days, seems durable enough that it will last.

Update: I have updated the parts to use slightly less plastic and be more home printer friendly with less overhangs. Additionally I added the base and outer shell as one part which should be easier to print on a home printer. If someone wants to try and show their results that would be appreciated :)
I need to spend some time to get my home printer back up and running.
Also Check out my horizontal dock version in the remix section. I plan to use it combined with a NFC tag at home on my night stand as an alarm clock.


Print both pieces. I used a dimensions printer, I haven't tried it on my rep rap yet so I cant give any recommendations on settings. The walls are thin so I would print solid. (thinking about it now it might be easier to print this as one piece on a reprap. If needed I can provide these parts for someone)

Glue the base to the bottom.

(optional) stick some rubber feet on the base for a really solid grip

Add a big bag of something heavy inside.

Set the Charger in the grove.


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I have this charger (http://www.aliexpress.com/item/New-Qi-Wireless-Charger-Transmitter-Charging-Pad-Mat-for-Nokia-Lumia-920-Galaxy-S3-I9300-S4/2033726661.html) and it's kinda big. Anyway I would like to remix your approach with this rectangle shape.

If I have trouble designing it, can I ask for your help?

Great job, by the way!

I can help if you can't make it work. You should be able to copy this design to most shapes and sizes and have it work. Let me know if you need help.

Cool to see another version.

Here is mine; http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:113279http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

Dock for Nokia DT-900 Qi-charger
by ferdyp

this was made with solidworks 2013 right? i have someone that can print it but they only have 2012... :-(

You can always open the .stl files in solidworks 2012 and modify from there. You just don't get easily editable features.

mscartee, piotrus22 I am the person who printed a customized version of this and am using it without the base. I am traveling this week, but if you guys want this made and cannot find a local, reasonable printer, message me with your design (if you are doing any customization) and I can print it for you for materials + shipping + a small making fee.

If you want to know how I customized my dock, check out my blog post about my project at http://mattercompilers.com/practical3dp/wireless-charger-dock-for-nexus-5/http://mattercompilers.com/pra...

I can print it for you in the blue color that I used for my print, or in white.

Great job on this! Can I ask you guys, do you all have printers at home/work or do you use services like shapeways, etc. to print? Shapeways quoted me like 50 bucks to print this. Any other options you're aware of?

I have both a home and work 3d printer. My home one is broken right now otherwise I would print and ship you one for the cost of plastic and shipping. I am surprised no one on here is more willing to help people out... Maybe try asking someone on a 3d printing forum for some help. Or try reddit.

How many cubic centimeters are in this design? Does anyone know.

If you print them both solid its about 3.4 cubic inches. So maybe like 55 CC?

What if you don't include the base plate, it seems you don't have to have it according to the one person who actually made this off your design. I am trying to reduce CC so I can have it printed. I have a local guy that quotes at .50 cents per cc so at 55CC would be kinda high, but if that base could be eliminated might be affordable.


The updated version of the base uses less plastic. I didn't check what the actual number was but it was probably about half as much. The base it self was probably about 1/3 of the total plastic. Printing the shell only would be somewhere around 33 cc I guess.

The only issue I had with just printing the shell was that it ended up being really light so it slides around a lot. I put the base and rubber feet on it so I could throw some weight in there so it felt more solid. You can just print the shell though.

Beat me to it! This was my project today. Thanks!