Nexus 4 Dock Sphere

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Nexus 4 Dock Sphere by MicahGanske Jan 27, 2013
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I got tired of waiting for Google to release their dock for the Nexus 4 so I made my own in Blender. It doesn't have cool wireless charging, but you don't have to F5 the Play store page into oblivion to order one so that's a plus!

There are two versions of the dock, one scaled for a naked N4 and one for an N4 with official bumper. I have a bumper (lucky me, I know), so I've only printed one for the bumper but the naked dock should work too.

Oh, and I have to give credit to Charles Perez on GrabCad for making a beautiful model of the Nexus 4 which I used for construction. http://grabcad.com/library/nexus-4


The docks are pretty large since they're spherical so I don't think they'll print on a Thingomatic, but I haven't checked. The "naked" dock might since it's a little smaller.

Anyways, print at whatever layer height you want; I printed at .15mm on a Rep1 with Sailfish on board and it looks pretty good.

I'm not sure if the USB cable I used was the one that came with my Nexus but it's a pretty compact one. You may or may not need to trim excess rubber off the head of your jack to squeeze it in the hole.

Then, I suggest using some ABS melted in acetone, or maybe some Sugro, to fix the cable in place. You'll have the best luck if you apply this when the phone is already in the dock as it will insure that everything's in the right position.

Finally, you might want to use some stick-on hobby weights on the inside of the dock cavity so that your dock will have a nice weight to it.

Oh, and add an NFC sticker if you want your dock to be a little "smarter". I found that if you set the sticker to turn on "Car Dock" you can get Daydream mode to turn on when you dock. I use "NFC Task Launcher" in the market. "Desk Dock" mode wouldn't work for me FYI.

That's it. Enjoy!

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How much does it weight and how long does the print take?

Cura tells me: 8 hours for a low quality print (136g PLA), 26 hours normal quality (184g PLA), 43 hours for high quality (183g PLA). This is on an Ultimaker I.

Suggestion.. Unless it is not an issue. I noticed ALOT of places using speaker redirection. How possible would it be to have a pocket where the speaker is located through the base so sound it front directed? Havent gotten my printer as yet so cant really play with it myself :(

This is great! I have one mid-print right now. It might be cool to have vents for the speaker in the future. Something that pipes the sound out the side or front. I'll post a picture when it's all done.

where is a cheap site to order this at? the least expensive i've found so far is $122

I don't get any of my stuff commercially printed, but maybe you could find someone with a 3D printer in your area that would be willing to print it for you at a minimal cost. The problem is that at a high resolution, it's a very long print.

Just wondering, would you be willing to make a nexus 4 case / template for making cases? I've been looking for one for a long time but I'm not really sure how to do it myself.

Sorry! I forgot to post that link in my description but have updated the thing. I got the phone model off of grabcad at http://grabcad.com/library/nexus-4http://grabcad.com/library/nex...

Excellent, thanks! I want to create my own spherical dock that incorporates a Nokia DT-900 wireless charger, and this will help a lot.

In case you want to give it a try as well, here is the charger; http://sketchup.google.com/3dwarehouse/details?mid=4cd47586064f801fb08c032bedc99529http://sketchup.google.com/3dw...

Dude thanks so much, I've been looking for one off and on for weeks. I'm probably going to try and print your bumperless stand so I'll let you know how it turns out.