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New 3DS XL Comfort Grip

by Arondite Oct 9, 2016
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I printed mine in white PLA and may have a sizing issue that I'm not sure how to handle. The clips on the top have about 1/8 of an inch clearance and do not hold the N 3DS XL. I can push it up into the clips but it leaves a gap at the bottom. Without pushing it up into the clips the 3ds will fall out of the holder. Any thoughts?

My initial thought is calibration. Is it possible that through either the calibration of your machine, or your slicing settings that the object is getting stretched?

That's quite a gap, I would say to add a pice of rubber to the lower corners to better hold it but I don't think that will fix a gap such as this, not properly anyway. It even looks to be too much to hit the model with a heat gun enough to bend sections back into position. Honestly, I'd first look at your machines calibration, then slicing settings. If you are comfortable with all of that, then I would do some math and in the slicer scale back the model by a bit to get rid of the space.

Thanks! The horizontal dimensions are perfect, just this little bit extra made it really painful. I'm still getting my machine to a point of print and forget, running into issues with initial bed adhesion and retraction. This print had a ton of strings all over the place for the supports. I had to print is standing up at a 45 degree angle across the build plate and added supports using the latest version of Cura. I'm still pretty new to 3d printing and haven't done much model editing on my own. I was debating giving a plastidip coating to this but didn't know how much the plastidip would improve this gap. Do you know the expected thickness of a Plastidip coat? I sliced it on Cura with the default fine settings with the changes of slower printer movements and a Raft for bed adhesion. It ended up being about a 24 hour print with besides the gap being AMAZING. Thanks for the reply.

oh yeah, I've build and designed the majority of parts for my printers. It takes a bit to get them dialed in perfectly to where you can trust them to mostly work. There's also a ton of 'tribal' knowledge you learn as you go.

I'm pretty sure cura will let you unlock the dimensions and scale just one of them. that will essentially shrink it down a bit to print with less of a gap. Just be careful as this will also shrink all the tabs and such.

Has anyone made something like this for the 2ds?

Printrbot Simple Metal, model flipped upside down with only supports for the bottom the model takes about 5-6 hours at 55mms 20% infill.

Just keep an eye on it as it prints, that's pretty low surface area for bed adhesion. Let me know if it works for you.

Worked out great, Simplify3d allowed me to crate a large base (not raft) to print off of. It came out perfect.

Yeah it's a long print :)

Still a nice print and an expansion for my 3ds :)