2nd Generation Moto X Qi Charging Case

A Qi charging case for the Motorola Moto X+1 (2014/2nd Generation/XT109x)

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The goal is to print an ABS and NinjaFlex case that will stick to a magnetic charging base and do wireless charging on the Moto X+1. Fits the 2nd Generation Moto X (XT1092/XT1095/XT1097/Others?)

I am going to be 3D printing a Qi Charging case for my phone. This is a pretty complicated project for something that involves 1 3D printed part, one component module, some wire, and some washers. 3D printing off of the bed using carefully designed support material is the main challenge I am facing, especially removing that support material after wards. I would like a fairly intricate design that fully displays the wood back of my Moto X and reminds you that the charger is there by flashing some of the copper coil through the windows. I also had my name engraved on my phone and I would like to show that off, too. Charging cases for this phone do exist, but they completely hide everything.

  • 1 × Qi Charging Reciever Module
  • 4 × #10 Washers 6mm ID, 13mm OD
  • 1 × USB Micro B connector Removed from a cheap cable.
  • 2 × Wire Silicone coated stranded wire.

  • Getting the 3D shape right

    J. Kha12/13/2014 at 10:44 0 comments

    13 December 14

    I continue to work on getting the 3D model of the case right. I had finally managed to Boolean my way to a decent 3D shape and went to cut out the phone just to discover that the model wasn't good enough. It is very important to have a manifold mesh when using booleans, and the phone model wasn't even close. I spent some time to make it right and was pretty happy with the result. Now I can subtract this from the case shape I am looking for and it will mold itself around the phone.

    That brings me to my first try at getting the shape I want. I really am happy with the process, but not the result. I think about holding this in my hand, and it doesn't shout "comfort" to me, and I am not entirely pleased with the overall shape, either. I think I will be moving to a shape with 3 feet that will be easier to grip but will still stick to the charging base I have in mind. Stay tuned and I will continue to update this project log with my adventures in making a 3D model of the case with blender.

    14 December 14

    After a significant amount of trial and error, I have finally produced a case shape that I am happy with. The large window and edge pieces will proudly display the custom back on my Moto X+1, while the 3 legs should make gripping easier. A hexagon mesh will reveal the wireless charging coil beneath it. The curve on the back was accomplished with the shrink wrap modifier, so that the back face of the case is a set distance from the phone. I used Boolean operations to remove the sides, top, left and right sides, and all the windows in the back. I also used Boolean operartions to subtract the screen area on top and the actual shape of the phone itself.

    One big change from the first go is the corners are now clipped at angles to allow for 3D printing using bridging and no supports. Ninja Flex does bridge pretty well, but it has to have something to bridge to.

    I will have to be careful to make sure that the camera is not covered, though I am sure an Exacto knife would take care of that. The Moto X+1 also has 4 IR sensors near the edges to be wary of.

    Moving Forward, I will be adding some space at the bottom to connect the USB jack, and will cut out some space for the charging module and the wires that will run to it. For extra support around the USB jack, I will probably have a separate piece that goes around it and molds to the phone. I also need to cut out some space for the washers, before the model of the body is done. Before I do all that, though, I am going to be producing support material for the curved bottom of the case.

    15 December 14 - 4 January 15

    After getting the shape I wanted above, I added some room for the USB port and charger at the bottom and tried several methods of generating support material. Here, I mostly want to focus on the shaping and modeling techniques I used throughout this process. I will post a separate log about slicing with Slic3r and my various attempts at printing.

    I began by generating models of the parts I would be embedding between the case and the phone, including the wires, the receiver module and the USB plug. I decided the best way to fully hide the USB jack would be to have an ABS surround for it that was between the case and the phone. I created the general shape I wanted for that, stretched the bottom of the case around it and used Boolean operations to give me room to insert it later. I then subtracted the parts I had modeled and generated some channels using the shrink wrap modifier.

    One of my goals is to have the Ninja Flex stretch a little bit when its on the case, so that it stays on well. To accomplish this I initially scaled the top bit (where the headphone jack is) towards the center using Blender's proportional editing tool to keep a continuous scale. This produced fair results on the model but was hard to reproduce. After some later hiccups that require me tweaking the unstretched model, I grew wary of doing this repeatedly and decided a lattice modifier was the way to go. Using...

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  • Starting to get a decent 3D shape

    J. Kha12/11/2014 at 03:10 0 comments

    It took me (and the help of my girlfriend and her Windows laptop) a little bit to extract the .dae model for the phone from their product page's 3D view, and then to fix up that model into something usable.

    I am using Blender to do the modeling, and the Shrink Wrap modifier and Boolean modifiers have been very handy. Still quite a bit to go to get the case details I want, but I thought I would start sharing at this point. The main idea here is that washers in the feet will stick to the magnetic charging base, which I will be sharing as a separate project.

    Another one of my early experiments was to get a Qi charger of any kind working with my phone. I got a charging module with a USB plug attached and was unable to charge. Using my Hack-A-Day USB tester board, I was able to get it to charge by shorting the data lines together, after much playing around and some forum discussions with Adafruit.

    After I got all that figured out I found a USB cable that I had that had the data pins shorted together *on the connector* and proceeded to disect that to make it as small as possible.

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