- 12-13-2012, 01:38 AM #26
Im sure you can tell I have put a lot of thought and planning into this, but we will only know once the first metal case comes back from the printer. Unfortunately, I dont have the money to bankroll a prototype silver case.
perhaps a textured suface option? not sure if possible with the 3d printing company you're using
12-23-2012, 03:14 PM #27
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love your ideas saw the case from looking at the new 8x videos on youtube. i don't really like your second design that much but love the fact you can put custom stuff on it...maybe try doing rectangles instead of ovals either way love what your doing and can't wait for more designs
P.S. i would support you if you went into making a lot of cases
- 12-23-2012, 05:01 PM #28
Thanks for the idea's. I came up with a Windows 8 theme case and designed it yesterday. What do you think? I need some feedback!
I plan on having a LOT of different designs available so users can pick there own design. I want the hardware to be just as custom as the users start screen. Thats the base of my idea! We have very unique phones, and each of us are unique, so why should we all have the same case?
P.S. That case is based off of MY home screen. HTC clock in the middle, with all my call, IM, mail and other icons in small around it.
12-24-2012, 02:22 AM #30
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- 12-24-2012, 04:44 AM #31
The lip on the front of the case is less then the 2nd prototype. The 2nd prototype the lip meets the glass. On the new design, its half way between the edge and the glass. This should be plenty to hold the phone since the plastic is 50% thicker and should be stiffer.
- 12-28-2012, 05:59 PM #35
It is MORE comfortable to hold then the current design. The edges are not as sharp, and the textured sides keep it from siding down when you press the top button.
Just a quick update. I got the 3rd prototype back from the printers, and its all wrong. The added thickness keeps it from fitting the phone and makes the case VERY stiff. I will try 1.2MM vs the 1.5MM thickness. I also need to redesign the curvs. They are very complex, and I think I found a way to match them 100%, so I will be working on prototype #4 this weekend. Sadly it takes up too 2 weeks to get each prototype back, so this is taking a lot more time then I though. I was hoping #3 would be perfect and let it go on sale today. I guess everyone will need to wait 1-2 weeks. I wont sell ANYTHING unless I know 100% it works.
The good news is, that prototype #2 is holding up to daily use VERY well. The side grips help daily use so much!!! I don't know about everyone else, but without them, its very hard to turn the phone on/off.
- 12-31-2012, 06:17 AM #36
Another update. I found another company to print the prototype phone. They are a LOT more expensive, but they can get it back to me in a few days VS a few weeks with Shapeways. I really hope this is the last prototype, as I cant afford any more. As it is, I have already sunk more then $200 into this case in materials and prototype's and that not even counting my hours. I don't have enough money to keep this up! The good news is I found out why my last prototype failed. The curve in the back of the phone, the top is a totally different curve then the sides!!!! The sides are more sharp, and the top/bottom is more blunt. The old thin design would just conform to the shape, but the thicker design would not.
I will know by Jan 7th if it fits!!! If it fits, I will have about 10 different designs anyone can pick from. The target is 20-30$ depending on how dense the design is!!!
- 01-01-2013, 03:11 PM #38
Thanks! I really hope it fits. I will also be working on an upright docking station that's compatible with my cases. I always lay down my phone to charge and my night stand has limited room. Sadly, non-Verizon users don't have the wireless charging, so I will design a micro-USB port into the base. Ill upload a render later of the base concept.
- 01-02-2013, 12:21 AM #40
I cant make a wireless charging station. What I plan on doing is making a simple USB dock you can slide your phone into, for your nightstand. There would be a USB plug at the base of the dock to charge up the phone for us who DONT have wireless charging.
- 01-04-2013, 05:23 PM #41
Just a quick preview.
There is only 1 problem, and its a big one. The company I used to print this one offers colors, so I picked black. I didn't know this, but they take the white plastic and dye is black. The problem is, the dye bled into MY PHONE!!!!!!!!!
This is after the case was on my phone for LESS THEN 30 SECONDS!!!!!!
My original case prototype came in white, and I spray painted it black and it didn't bleed into my case at all. This is un-acceptable, and I cant sell the case that will stain your phones. If I am to offer this phone, it will only be in white, or the acrylic plastics (clear and black). This is a huge setback for my project, and its primarily the soft case to blame. It picks up dirt so well, that im not surprised at all that it also picked up dye from the case. With this, it leaves me to question weather to go forward anymore.
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