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Nintendo Switch - Ergonomic Grips

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Update 22/06/18:
Upon request, I've included a slightly larger version of the grip.

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My latest and greatest creation. Not much to say, I wanted a grip for my switch and since most of the ones available are somewhat lacklustre I decided to design my own. Credit where credit is due, I was influenced by Toshi_TNEs design https://cults3d.com/en/3d-model/game/nintendo-switch-portable-mode-grips although I’d say that mine is a fair bit more comprehensive. Unlike theirs, my design snaps onto the main body of the switch before the joycons are attached, giving a nice firm fit. The grips themselves are also quite substantial, although they are not as large as something like an xbox controller.

The grip come in two versions; v2 is the one in the pictures and has an extra bit sticking out to better support the switch if held one-handed. both work just fine but personally I wanted some extra support.

To those worried about scuffing their joycons, it should go without saying that this design is intended to be sanded and preferably painted. If you’re not painting, then consider applying some thin masking tape along the side and bottom where the joycon will be rubbing against when it is slid in place. If you are painting it then keep in mind that the thicker the pain, the less wiggle room the joycons will have. I went a bit overboard on the ones in the picture, hence the scuff marks.

3D printing settings

The ones in the pictures are printed by an Ultimaker Original+ with a .4mm nozzle using these general settings:
Layer thicknes: 0.1mm
Wall-thickness: 1.6mm (1.2mm should do fine)
Infill: 5%
Top/Bottom thickness: 12 layers (this is to make sure that some minor features of the model wont break loose)

Obviously supports are a must and I strongly recommend printing with 'support interface' or some equivalent setting. It's important to get 'Support Z distance' right otherwise the interface will simply fuse to the print; at a layer thickness of .1mm, .2mm seems to work well for 'Support Z distance'.

  • 3D model format: STL

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I'm an HCI student with a passion for digital manufacturing, and I have a serious beef with crappy ergonomics and misguided design.

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@ekul1018
I have seen that grip and it's an interesting approach. I don't think I'll make a version like it though, since I currently have my mind set on a more elaborate approach.

@spooork I do have a previous revision that's a bit larger, I can update that one and make it available. Although, since I currently don't access to a printer, I won't be be making any changes beyond that for now.

Have you seen the grip by Satisfye on Kickstarter/Indiegogo? They offset the right grip so your thumb is in a more comfortable position. You should make an alternate with that feature.

Any chance you would be willing to a version of this thats larger- for people with big hands?


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