Practical: 3D printing brings personalization to AirTag cases
With no included method of attaching AirTags to a keychain, cases are a necessity for most AirTag users. Apple has its own part one props for AirTags, starting at $ 29, and we’ve done a breakdown of the best AirTag key chains, but many have created custom AirTag key chains using 3D printers to meet their own needs.
With 3D printers like the End 3 breaking below the price of $ 200, they saw a lot more use in the home. By heating a low-cost plastic filament, they are able to build small objects layer by layer. Users create or download 3D models, usually in the form of STL files, from sites such as Thingiverse. Using slicing software, you can prepare the 3D model for the 3D printer, adjusting parameters such as layer height and speed to balance quality and time.
With each AirTag box using just a few cents of filament and taking a few minutes to print, we decided to print and test a few of these 3D printed boxes, as well as design one of our own. We printed all of these cases on a Wanhao Duplicator i3 Plus 3D printer with PLA filament Priline gray. We printed with 0.1mm layer height and 75mm / s speed.
Simple AirTag Keychain
The first AirTag case we tried was a simple, one-piece keyring designed by user AnonymousHermit on Thingiverse. The AirTag snaps into place and is held firmly in place by the rim. It makes it easy to see both sides of the AirTag and you can even replace the battery without removing it from the case. With a solid attachment point for a keychain, I would absolutely recommend this case.
AirTag case for Apple TV remote control
We previously covered another 3D printed Apple TV remote control box that is available for purchase on Etsy for $ 12.99. This Apple TV remote control case (First generation Siri Remote) designed by ururk on Thingiverse is found only at the base of the remote. Being held to the remote only by friction, it’s about as small as an AirTag case for the Apple TV remote can be. This avoids adding too much unnecessary bulk to the device and leaves plenty of room around the Lightning port. While I like the simplicity of this model, those looking for a more ergonomic solution may prefer this larger one, two piece print rather. Stay tuned for a similar solution for the new Apple TV remote.
Apple logo keychain
This Apple shaped AirTag key ring was designed by user Furika on Thingiverse. It prints in 2 parts that snap together firmly for a secure fit around the AirTag. Unfortunately, a complication of this design is the result of this iconic bite mark. The AirTag is not located directly in the center of the Apple logo, so the AirTag should be placed with the Apple logo facing the thinnest side. Otherwise, it appears off-center, as shown below. As it is, both sides of the key ring are well designed to hide the AirTag being off-center.
SpaceX Dragon Capsule AirTag Keychain
Be a content manager at Explored space, I am a big fan of space. I wanted an AirTag keychain that could show my love for space exploration. I did not find any existing key chains available for sale or download so I designed this SpaceX Dragon Capsule AirTag Keychain like a simple extrusion from a silhouette of the SpaceX vehicle. The keychain is based on the same attachment method as the first keychain, and I used this 3D model as a reference for the AirTag section of the keychain. It’s a tight fit for the AirTag, but there’s no way it falls off by mistake.
AirPods cases, drone accessories, dog collars and more
3D printing opens up a myriad of possibilities for customization, from purely creative changes to improvements in utility. Whether you want to ride a AirTag to your drone or for your dog there are 3d models available. If you tend to lose your headphones, people have already designed cases for AirPods Pro and AirPod Max.
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