Why go out and buy something like a wall-mount, a vertical stand, or any other accessory when you can just print one absolutely FREE! If that previous statement sounds like an infomercial, it’s because it was supposed to. Unlike those late night promises of pitch perfect products though, this is actually real.
You may or may not have heard of a technology known as 3D printing, mostly because the actual devices are quite expensive, but it’s becoming more and more useful as it progresses. Unlike our regular outdated 2D printers, these bad boys can create a 3D object using only a digital model.
Whether or not you have access to a 3D printer via your school or because you’re lucky enough to own one, I’m going to give you links to some awesome designs, a rundown of the technology, and a few places that will print it for you and have it shipped to your home address. Let’s get started!
FREE 3D Print Designs!
So, let’s assume you have a 3D printer, or access to one (if not, I’ll show you how to order these accessories for cheap momentarily!). PS4 Experts has scoured the internet and found some amazing 3D models for various PS4 accessories that you can download for FREE! Yup, the only string attached is the need for a 3D printer, but the designs themselves will cost you nothing.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
1. PS4 Wall Mounting Bracket by RchGrav
This PS4 Wall mounting bracket design has a solid structure and a focus on both aesthetics and proper airflow. The bracket should be printed using a material that is strong enough to support the console’s weight. The creator recommends XT Black filament with a layer height of 0.3mm, single shell, and 50% infill.
Also take care to use the proper mounting screws. The creator recommends using drywall or hollow wall anchors for the best results.
2. PS4 Controller Wall Mount by Yanez
If you’re the kind of person (like me) that’s always losing their controllers, check out this PS4 controller wall mount as a method of solving your problems. A simple, yet elegant design saves you both time and money!
3. PS4 Vertical Stand by Markmrx
This is one of the most popular and widely loved designs I came across. This PS4 vertical stand will keep your system secured while also allowing for proper airflow, something that many of the current models on the market lack. This is innovation at its finest, better download the design while it’s still free!
4. PS4 Hanging Mount by jjsevier
If you have a media center or a desk where you typically play your games and space is limited, this PS4 hanging mount is a great way to secure your console while still ensuring optimal airflow for your system. With multiple mounting holes and a focus on proper ventilation, this is a winning design!
5. PSVita Grip With Dualshock 4 by MakingZone
If you have a Vita, you most likely know about remote play on the PS4. Did you know you can also use your DualShock 4 controller instead of the Vita’s buttons? This handy PSVita grip will allow you to attach the two devices together, creating the ultimate PS4 experience anywhere in your house, even on the toilet! Hey, I’m not judging, if you’re going to be spending so much time in the bathroom, might as well be productive.
6. PS4 Camera TV Mount by Otaku
Our final accessory design comes in the form of this PS4 Camera TV mount which can be placed on top of your TV for the perfect camera angle whether you’re streaming and commenting, or hanging out in the Playroom.
Something From Nothing: How 3D Printing Works
Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing is the process of making a three dimensional object using additive processes. The device puts down individual layers on top of one another until the object is completed. Each layer is a thinly sliced cross-section of the whole.
The process begins with creating a virtual model of the object you want to print. Using a CAD or Computer Aided Design file, and a 3D modeling program, you can create something from scratch or use a 3D scanner to recreate an already existing object in the program.
Prior to printing, the program slices up the object into hundreds or thousands of horizontal layers depending on the size of the object. The printer will take these layers and build them one at a time into a fully solid object.
There are several different methods of 3D printing currently in use. Here are three major examples that are most commonly used:
1. Selective Laser Sintering (SLS)
This technology is dependent on high power lasers which take powdered versions of plastic, metal, ceramic, or glass, and fuse them together into a three dimensional shape. Powder beds are created which are then fused into layers. The process is repeated until the object is completed.
Any extra powder in the individual layers is used to provide a support structure for the object being constructed. This is one of the advantages of this type of printing technology. It was developed and patented by Dr. Carl Deckard at the University of Texas in the 1980s under the sponsorship of DARPA (Metal Gear?! Sorry, I had to).
2. Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
This technology’s name is trademarked by Stratasys Inc. which is the company headed by the inventor of this printing method, Scott Crump. The equivalent title, which is untrademarked, is fused filament fabrication (FFF) which was created by members of the RepRap project to provide a uncopyrighted phrase.
This method works by using a nozzle that heats up and melts the materials before dispersing them into layers. The computer software controls the movement of the nozzle and the materials harden as they are dispersed, creating the individual layers of the object. Two different types of materials are used: one for the support structure, and one for the model.
The concept was first invented in the late 80’s by Scott Crump who, after patenting the technology, formed the company Stratasys in 1988.
3. Stereolithography (SLA)
This technology uses a vat of liquid photopolymer resin and a ultraviolet laser to build each layer of a 3D dimensional object. Essentially, the layers are formed with the laser while still in liquid form, then they are instantly hardened by exposure to ultraviolet light.
The platform descends by incredibly small amounts to create each layer. Supporting layers are required to allow for the elevator platform to descend. The process is fast though, objects can be created in a matter of hours!
This technique was invented by Charles Hull in 1986 who simultaneously founded the company 3D Systems.
3D printing is becoming more and more useful as time goes on. Not just for manufacturing or prototypes, but also for artificial limbs and even organs! The future looks bright for this tech, but in the meantime, we’ll just stick to our PS4 accessories.
Don’t Have a 3D Printer? These Places Can Help You Out!
If you don’t have access to one of these devices, I’ve also pulled links to a couple of services that will allow you to upload the designs I linked to above and pay them to print it and ship it to you! The prices aren’t too bad, and if you’re a designer yourself, you can upload designs to be sold on their store as well. Check these services out:
Looking for higher end PS4 wall mounts?
Check out this custom made solid steel PS4 wall mount by Forza Designs.
So, what do you think of these designs? Will you be saving some money by 3D Printing your own accessories instead of buying them? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!
Article by - Bradley Ramsey
Insert Date: 4/07/15