Best 3D printed smartphone accessories to buy this season
3D printing as a new age manufacturing technology has changed the way products and accessories are designed giving more flexibility that ever possible. The trend has struck technological innovator, industrial manufacturers, designers and gadget accessory makers too in advent of the pin-point precise detailing that 3D printing lends. So, let’s have a look at some of the recent, most appreciated 3D printed smartphone accessories that have amazed us in the past and will surely be an inspiration for designers who are obsessed with innovative smartphone accessories.
With all the spiked up design cues and a theme based on the popular Game of Thrones series, this iPhone 5 dock is 3D printed using ABS plastic material and then sanded to provide a very smooth look. To complete the final flamboyant throne like look the dock was painted with acrylic and black paint. The Iron Throne Dock supports any microUSB charged iOS or Android smartphone like Samsung Galaxy S3 at a very surprising price tag of $50.
To team your iPhone 5 with a very devilish skull like crazy look, this 3D printed Skull iPhone case designed by artist Hugo Arcier derives inspiration from Degeneration series and uses polished plastic 3D printing technique that is based on reducting algorithm applied to the shape of face. The Skull iPhone 5 case is available in ten colors with option to customize the details of skull and also to have text on the sides of the case. iPhone Skull case can be yours at the price of $53, so go get it now.
Designed by Clair Delaunay using Shapeways 3D printing technology, the Botiful social telepresence robot for Android smartphone lets you make video calls on Skype, interact with kids, monitor your baby when you are not home, inspect places where you can’t reach for example under a car or keep an eye on notorious pets. The telepresence robot can be moved using simple controls for that freedom while having video conference calls. Botiful successfully surpassed the required funding amount on Kickstarter and will soon be available for purchase.
Those who are obsessed with photography, especially macro shooting this 3D printed macro lens is the way to go as you can make one for yourself for iPhone 4/4S or iPhone 5 and if you find it interesting enough then for Android smartphones or tablets too. The lens used will be PCX, Pano Convex having diameter 12mm and focal length 51mm. The macro lens can be made for less than $60 from Shapeways which is not such a bad deal.
Thanks to 3D printing technology such a compact docking station for your iPhone 5 could be made and I’m sure you are wondering why Apple didn’t bundle it in with the smartphone itself. Well, this docking station has 30-pin connector and raises the iPhone 5 to a very comfortable ergonomic height so that you can work on it while it is juiced up. Shapeways provides this 3D printed dock for $40 with a variety of options in material that you can get it printed.