I have continued to fiddle with the Switcherang Joy-con grip even after the article has been finished. It took 4 iterations to get to a functional product, and now I am working on going from a functional product to a finished one.

This means a couple of things, some of which are particular to a 3D printing process. The first is tightening up tolerances, as we see in this top view of the amount of space between the Joy-con rail and the Switcherang’s female slot for it. Additionally, it seems that my initial print settings might be a little too cold for this particular brand of PLA, which keeps it from laying evenly:

Another thing includes getting the filleting on the base of the Switcherang to match that of the Joy-con grip. 3D printing on its own won’t give you the same results as injection-molded products from scale manufacturers, but it is something worth doing in order to have a proper products that you want to share with the world.

Iterating is time consuming, but well worth doing. I’ve been controlling for one variable at a time as well, and even with a print time as short as 2 hours, it takes some doing. Cutting a print while it’s going can be a smart idea as well once you can tell something is or is not going to work. To close this post, a pair of photos of the iterative process:

Thanks for reading, have a good one!

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