Sticky Pod Thing

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Sticky Pod Thing by stickypod Jan 14, 2013


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It's called a "Thing", because it works with any "thing" you want to mount to your Sticky Pod, windshield, tripod or video head. Designed to be modified to custom fit your device, this mount gives you a death grip on your phone, tablet or nav device, and it's ready to print right now.

This is a great project for people just learning to use their 3D printer. The objects are very basic and designed to be printed on a 3D printer. Nothing special to do, and you get to use your Sticky Pod "Thing" right off the printer. This would be a great family project or a great way to introduce your students to the future of 3D printing. I have printed this several times and use them in a couple different vehicles.


Sticky Pod "Thing" Phone, Nav or Tablet Mount

Will it hold my cell phone? Yes, any cell phone.
Will it hold my iPad? Yes, any tablet (if your printer is large enough).
Will it hold my nav? Yes, any nav.

If you have an iPhone 4, 4S or 5 with an Otterbox Defender Case installed, then you're ready to go. Just download the STL or GCode file and print.

This also holds cameras, lights, microphones, monitors, hard drives or anything with a square box framework. Did you buy a specialty camera with proprietary mounts? Does your device lack any means of mounting it to anything? If so, then just print the Sticky Pod "Thing" and you will have a universal mount that works with all existing Sticky Pods, tripods and video heads.

Can I modify this file for my device? Yes! Please do! Simply measure your device in millimeters, adjust the tall clip in the Google Sketchup file and print. Then come back here and tell everyone what you did. Pictures please, we love pictures.

Here are some specs:

Plastic: ABS - all the files associated are written with ABS properties
Mounting Thread: 1/4-20 (camera industry standard), also called 1/4 inch "coarse" thread at your local hardware store.
Mounting Bolt: 3/4 inch length "carriage bolt" using the 1/4 inch coarse thread.
Rare Earth Magnets: if you buy the Sticky Pod "Thing" kit (see link below), you get three permanent magnets that you can use in place of the bolt for a quick on/off mounting solution to your windshield. While this is not necessary, the magnets make the Sticky Pod "Thing" very easy and convenient to use.
Set Screw Stud: This is the 1 inch long screw with no head. It's not necessary unless you're going to use the Sticky Pod suction cup and it's included in the kit below.

The original file is designed for a tight fit to your iPhone 4, 4S or 5 with an Otterbox Defender Case installed. This Google Sketchup file (skp) is designed to be modified for a custom fit to any device. Just select the clip components and move them to the dimensions you need for your device and print. The complete printer configuration for Slic3r (0.9.7) can be downloaded, or simply use the GCode print file on this page if you already have one of the iPhones listed above.

The STL and GCode files have been cleaned and optimized for 3D printing. They may need some tweaking for your specific printer. Here at Sticky Pod, we use the Printrbot Plus. Please do not run a fan while printing these components. It's not necessary and rapid cooling may cause the tall clip to prematurely break free from your heater bed. Please download the "Thing Config.txt" file for specifics on printer settings if you're not using the Printrbot.

Please be sure to calibrate before printing, then print all the parts at one time. As always, be sure to clean any stray plastic, or drill any malformed holes before driving any screws into their designated holes.

The Sticky Pod "Thing" is designed to be used with the Sticky Pod suction cups, but it will work with any tripod or video head. If you want to mount your phone, tablet or nav to your windshield, or any smooth non-porous surface, then please visit our website to buy the components that this holder was designed around.


You have permission to copy and distribute the images and description of the Sticky Pod "Thing" for promotion. This is a non-commercial license. Sticky Pod "Thing"s may not be printed for sale.

Thank you MakerBot for a great website and your contribution to the 3D Print community!

Tom Heibel
Sticky Pod

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