iPhone 6 BendGate Meets 3D Printing: Introducing the perfect case for your bent iPhone
Back on September 9th, Apple announced their highly anticipated iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. Ten days later on September 19th, the very first phones began leaving store shelves. Apple reported that in the first three days, they shattered all sales records, selling over 10 million iPhone 6 and 6 Plus smartphones over the 3 day weekend period. Things couldn’t have looked better for the worlds most valuable company.
Then Bendgate hit! Reports began to pop up on various media outlets that the iPhone 6 Plus could bend, if placed in the user’s back pocket and sat on. Although the problem has been vastly exaggerated for the past several days, social media was filled with discussion related to the BendGate controversy. After a lot of ridiculous banter, it turns out that out of the millions of phones sold, only 9 complaints had actually been received by Apple, and the company likely has nothing to really worry about. In fact Consumer Reports debunked BendGate, showing that it would take 90 pounds of force to bend the phone, which was actually more force than required to bend either the normal iPhone 6 or the HTC One (M8).
So, for those 9 individuals who have somehow managed to bend their iPhone 6 Pluses, one designer on Shapeways has created a special case for their newly reshaped phones. From the creator (Fernando Sosa) of such 3D printed products like the Vladimir Putin butt plug and the Chris Christie BridgeGate figurine, comes the iPhone 6 BendGate case.
The case, which is clearly a gag gift idea, comes in 12 different colors including a shiny white and metallic silver plastic. No matter the color desired, the case is priced at $19.99. If you really were one of the few who did bend your new iPhone, it may be advisable that you return it to the store rather than actually set out to purchase a 3D printed case. If you do really want a case for your bent iPhone 6 Plus, you’d probably be better off scanning the phone, and creating a case based off of that scan. Afterall, not every bent iPhone 6 Plus is created the same.
Let us know if you have purchased this case as a gag gift, and how it went over. Discuss in the iPhone 6 BendGate case forum thread on 3DPB.com.
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