For a long time was looking for a suitable and easy to print smartphone holder for the car. The design should be as flexible as possible adaptable to different smartphone dimensions, be stable and easily removable. For the latter requirement, I finally arrived at the attachment to the ventilation slot, in which case, in particular, the stable design and solid print of the attachment is important.
At #Thingiverse I found what i was looking for. The selected design consists of a total of 4 parts, is very easy to put together and meets all my needs. In addition, it also looks nice, or can be customized by color of the filament to the individual needs or the color environment in the car. Another advantage is that all parts are only plugged together and thus quite simply everything can be disassembled again, or, for example, the attachment to the venting slot can be printed several times and the rest can then be simply relocated as needed in the car. In my BMW 225xe there are ventilation openings in the dashboard on both the driver’s side and the passenger side, and there are also suitable openings in the middle. I will therefore print the attachment directly in the appropriate amount and then attach to the openings, so then depending on the needs Samrtphone holder can be attached to the various places in the car.
A picture is worth a thousand words, so below is my printed object as I mounted it on the driver’s side:
This is how it looks when my smartphone is plugged into the holder:
Overall, everything is very stable during the ride, nothing wobbles or makes noises, even during fast cornering, there are no problems.Below is the link to my make on thingiverse:
Printed this nice phone stand scaled bigger with some cheap pla filament in transparent and grey with filament change, needed some few support structures, took about 5 1/2 hours to print on my anycubic i3 mega, but result was worth it.
Meanwhile, my anycubic 3D printer printer is slowly getting hot and is almost permanently in use. The required filament is then consumed in the appropriate quantities. This raises the problem, what to do with the empty filament spools, throwing away would be too bad!
Surely there must exist a good and meaningful application. After doing some research, I found a solution. On thingiverse a design is available with which one can use the open-source software openscad to print a slot adapted to the respective coil dimension, which can then be used as a small parts box or similar. I’ve modified this design to my needs and also released it on thingiverse as a remix: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:3198728
Thus, it is now possible to use the empty filament spools as a collection container for small parts. In addition, the so converted coils can then be stacked on top of each other and serve as a space-saving small parts magazine. Have converted to an old IKEA table leg made of metal, because the coils could be pushed with the inner diameter just above it and stacked so. The following photos show my solution: