Wannes had a GPS in his car and also goes on a lot of bike trips so he used 3D printing to make a holder for his GPS system. His story in his own words is below.
I decided to make a functional object: a bicycle mounting for my GPS. I have a TomTom XL GPS in my car, but I also enjoy recreative cycling and I thought it would be great to have my car’s GPS mounted on my bicycle.
I started with a scan of my GPS. Once I’ve got an STL file I imported it into Blender to adjust the design. I used Blender because I”m most familiar with it for modelling, and I”ve been using it for years. First I created a ring that fits the scan, where the GPS can click on. The back side is open. With a nurb surface forms a horn shape to deflect sound to front. I was thinking that on a bike, where there is no window to deflect the sound, it would be difficult to understand the GPS voice. I created some arms and a stand for on the bicycle steer.
After creating the basic shapes in Blender, I imported the file in my industrial software to prepare the file to 3D printing. i.materialise provide those services for every model, but I wanted to create my own model completely on my own. It took me about two evenings to polish the design.
– Wannes Schuerman