After fixing the stock cloth case twice, and having the velcro wear out completely, I decided I needed to print a new case. My first try was a customized version of http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:335122 which can be found here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:335786 . Unfortunately I did not like how flimsy the case felt, and it never quite fit right. Also, I tend to wack my knife on everything when it is on my belt, so I needed to have a VERY robust clip, but printing it all in one piece meant having to choose between a robust clip or a robust case. Eventually I decided to start from scratch, and decided to make the clip and the case two parts to ensure both could be printed at maximum strength.
Presenting the Gerber Suspension Quick Click Case
Now after several months of testing, use, dropping, wacking and other general abuse, and a reinforcing of the clip, I can now say that this design is worthy of sharing, and works great!
- Simple slide in mechanism provides one handed retrieval and return
- Satisfying "Click" action when the tool is fully inserted
- Reinforced belt clip survives even my worst abuse (drops, wacks, you name it I have done it)
- Simple design requires no support to print
Step 1: Print case (oriented with opening up) and clip (on its side) parts at 100% infill with maximum number of perimeters you can (I did 3). I recommend ABS or HIPS for impact strength, and for easy bonding via solvent welding.
Step 2: Sand the back side of the case and the flat side of the clip until they are smooth. This will ensure maximum surface contact for gluing/welding.
Step 3: Glue or solvent weld the flat side of the clip to the back of the case with the rounded end flush with the opening of the case. (I tried putting it a bit lower the first time, but it always felt top heavy on my belt, and fell off easier, but exact positioning is however you prefer).
Step 4: CLICK!