3D printed boom box smartphone case. Source: WhiteClouds
3D printed boom box smartphone case. Source: WhiteClouds

There are some fantastic phone case designs out there made possible by 3D printing. We have interviewed our in-house designer, Krista, to find out her process of creating 3D printed smartphone cases.

What is your process for designing a phone case?

For my process, I create a basic phone case with nothing on it other than the button and hole cutouts. Then from there I can create a design that I desire on the back of the phone case and then cut the design out. I do have to keep in mind that I can’t cut out all the way to the edges of the case [or it] will fall apart.

What software do you use?

I use SolidWorks to create my phone cases.

What software do you suggest users at home should use?

I would suggest that people use Blender. It is not an easy program to build a phone case in but it would be the only free program in which consumers can use to get what they need for phone cases.

What is the best material to 3D print a phone case?

As of right now, we believe that the Ultraviolet-cured Resin or the rubber-like material would be best for a phone case. The Ultraviolet-cured Resin comes from the ProJet [3D printer] and the rubber-like material comes from the Connex [Connex 500 3D printer].

Can users at home use their consumer-model 3D printer to create a phone case?

MakerBots and [other consumer 3D printers] can create phone cases but they are not feasible to use. They would not be strong enough to withstand daily use.

Upload Your Design to WhiteClouds

If you have designed your own smartphone case, upload your design to a 3D printing service such as WhiteClouds and we will 3D print it for you and ship it straight to your door. You can also browse our fantastic selection of smartphone cases to show off your personal style.

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