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Switchbox - Travel Case for Nintendo Switch

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Switchbox - Travel Case for Nintendo Switch by Zippitybamba Apr 10, 2017

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You need a "Bottom" 1 and 2, and a "Top" 1 and 2, to form the main case. The drawer lids are as numbered in the "Yo dawg" image.

V4 uploaded 5/6/2017:

  • Drawers!
  • Increased charger hole width

V3 uploaded 4/29/2017:

  • Changed from peg-and-glue assembly to M3 20mm screw x 8. Not quite so clean looking, but much sturdier.
  • Added an internal drawer with a lid to securely hold 3 cartridges and USB cable

V2 uploaded 4/24/2017:

  • Improved latch mechanism
  • Grip strips! Dress up the look and make carrying it feel secure.
  • Cartridge slots smaller, for closer fit. Now there's room for 6.

Durable, good-looking, functional, protective case for the Nintendo Switch.

Has space for adhesive felt or foam sheet to protect your screen. See the photos above for correct locations to place the felt.

Print requires no supports. I recommend printing with 3 shells (for strength) and ~20% infill. I used .25mm layers.

To complete assembly you will need eight M3 20mm screws.

A luggage lock completes the deal. Won't prevent theft, but will prevent meddlers from goofing with your savegames.

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Honestly if it converted into a stand when open/empty it would be the perfect switch accessory.

very cool design though, thanks for sharing it.

That is a cool idea. Hmmmm.

Hey, how much would it cost to get it printed at a 3D printing service?

V4's latch seems to make it a little too big for my print bed, any suggestions?

i think the box needs a lock on the opposite site as well. but i love it so much. thank you very much

You're very kind. May it protect your Switch well.

Jun 2, 2017 - Modified Jun 2, 2017

Thank you for the "Switchbox", I love this design and it is great as-is
For padding/screen protection, I got a sheet of stiffened, adhesive backed felt from Michael's craft stores for <$2.00.

I have a few suggestions/requests:
Please make Drawers 1 and 2 deeper so a greater variety of earbuds and charging cables can be stored.
I'd also like more cartridge storage, perhaps adding storage to drawer 4 or including an insert for drawer #1.

I also second the request for a model without the lock. Maybe without a charging port as well. I can make these 2 changes easily myself prior to my next print though.

Thanks! It's not possible to deepen the drawers further without making the entire box thicker, and I'm not up the rework just now.

By the way, without the lock/clip, the box won't reliably stay shut. Or are you hoping for the clip, just not the lock?

The thought is to use just the clip, though I did think of a method using a rotary clasp (think window lock) on the top that I'd like to try out. I was able to eliminate the charging hole and the lock using the STLs. However, when I alter lid 3 and top 2 to turn the lid into a drawer that can hold 4 cartridges (it slides out like a tray), I'm getting too many non-manifold objects for slicers or STL fixers to compensate for.

I'm willing to accept the bottom pieces would be thicker if it means I can store the JoyCon grips.

It's a great design and works exceptionally well as-is, I'm always looking for how I can make something work for my specific interests.

Would it be possible to get the source files for this item?

Sorry, not ready to release them yet.

Can you make a version in which longest measurement is 6 inches do to my printer only capable 6" by 6" by 6". You can probably do this making a drawers for the joy cons. Other wise this design is amazing.

Thanks for the complement. I'm sorry but my time is occupied with other projects, so I doubt I'll be going back to make a version friendly to smaller print beds.

I love how wildly overengineered this is. Really cool. Do you have any videos of how it works?

Thanks! It was fun to take it farther than was really indicated. No videos yet, but probably I should put one together.

Can you make two different file sets, one with the locking feature and one without like with your first design?

May 8, 2017 - Modified May 8, 2017

The improvements! I'm losing my mind! I wish I hadn't seen V3 and had it printed lmao! V4 is so nice! Keep up the good work. With the additional space being taken up by drawers, is there still room for felt on the inside to protect the switch? Will def have the V4 printed later if that is the case. This is such a great design, you need to look into a kickstarter or indigogo account and get a product license with Nintendo. There simply isn't anything on the market out there yet to compete with this. Maybe add a U notch in the drawer to assist in it's removal. Love your work!!!!!!!!

Thanks again. If you know someone with real experience bringing a product to market, point them my way.

As far as the drawers go, they take up no additional space, only carve out volume inside the body of the case as it was. The large one can hold a USB cable for charging and the smallest can hold 2 game cartridges, but uses for the others requires a bit of imagination. Extra memory chips? Stamps? A screen wipe cloth?

There is the same room for padding as before. I've changed to craft foam sheets. Cost pennies at the craft shop and look nicer.

Dirty secret: the earphone drawer would require flatter ear buds than those pictured, in order to actually close. (Self-bust!)

Hey, who cant do with a little extra storage no matter the size. LOL. It's nice just to have the option. Good news about the foam craft. Thanks for the reply!

May 6, 2017 - Modified May 8, 2017

This is what the switch needs! I can't believe something like this hasn't been made by big developers yet. Such a great looking case. Having mine printed now. I can't wait! Compliments on you ingenuity.

You are very kind. I hope you enjoy your case. Check back for coming upgrades... I can't stop tinkering with this design, for some reason.

I really like this case! I printed all of the V1 but one piece came out warped and when I test-fit the other side I broke one of the posts. Any chance of a version that uses M3 screws to put it together rather than glue?

OK, added M3 version. Haven't test printed it, so can't guarantee it works right just yet.

V3 works great (with one minor exception, read on). Great improvements from the V1 I originally printed. I just posted my make. Just after posting I had a problem with part of the slide track on the larger top part. It may be the way my slicer is set, but there is a flat spot for the track that is filled than it stars with the 2mm wide section and gets larger (to 5mm) as it prints. The outside track snapped right next to the charging port to the end. Still works fine, though.

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Thanks for downloading and printing! The cartridge beds are deeper on 1 end to make popping them out easier. They could be made a bit tighter but I don't see the point, since they seem to stay secure as is. In sum, no, don't scale it down, or the Switch won't fit.

does this need to be scaled down i'm about halfway through printing the part with cartridge holders and it looks to be about 1/4th inch too tall for a cartridge and about 1/8 to wide or ar the supposed to be very loose

Just FYI - This has been fixed in the latest version (V3 as of this posting). Works great and holds games snug!

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