Nexus 4 dock

We're all waiting for someone to sell that fancy orb docking station for the Nexus 4. In the meantime, ingenuity never rests and this 3D printed dock would make an awesome substitute. It uses a standard USB cable for charging, and an NFC sticker to trigger the NFC Task Launcher app to drop it into dock mode.

If you have access to a 3D printer, be sure to give this one a good look. And if you make any extra ones, give me a yell so I can throw my money at you.

Source: Thingiverse; via Android Central forums

 

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3D printing and NFC make a great looking Nexus 4 dock

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Biggest problem w/ 3D printing is the cost...materials are *not* cheap :-P

Cool hack though :-)

From my cursory search, for a printer you're looking at a few thousand dollars minimum, then about $80 per kilogram of plastic material.

Makibox. You can get the printer from 200USD to 350USD, and get a filament maker (150USD) that uses the cheaper pellets of most thermoplastics.

I think this guy who made this needs to pay the money for the patent and start making these things.

www.solidoodle.com

you can get started with a pretty good 3d printer for $500, and a 2lb spool of filament costs $43. this technology does not cost thousands of dollars as mentioned by a previous commenter. you can make these docks all day for a little more than $500.

Great job to the person who made this.

I bought a wireless charger from fasttech for 35$ but I would happily trade that unbranded Chinese clone for the 1 pictured

I have a 3d printer, does anyone have the STL or native cad files for this thing? I would like to print one. Then I am going to modify one one to fit my DNA. So yeah someone point me to the CAD files please.

I tried to upload this design with a few online 3d printing sites, but they're showing min cost of $100+...anyone find something cheaper?

Hi Jerry,

We have a 3D printer at work, if it prints these OK do you want one with phone plus bumper or just phone on its own?