3D printing your own VR headset
Mobile VR is a great way to experience virtual reality when you don’t want to spend too much money on expensive VR headsets. Today, you can find cheap virtual reality headsets like the Google Cardboard but what if you could 3D print your own?
This is a great way to discover VR for the first time and a fun project to do over a weekend with friends or family. Other than the lenses, straps and a couple of small items which need to be purchased separately, these can all be printed and assembled at home.
With a 3D printer, the right STL files and a little bit of patience, it is possible to 3D print your own head-mounted display (HMD). In fact, you might be surprised by how simple it is to make thanks to the 3D printing community’s tips and advice.
To make it even easier for you, we’ve selected 4 VR headsets you can 3D print at home. Whether you are a beginner or advanced user, there is something for you in this list.
1. The most popular VR headset to 3D print
The AZ360VR is the most popular design for a 3D printed DIY VR head-mounted display. It is compatible with most smartphones and includes features such as adjustable lens-to-eye distance. Clear instructions are available which include a detailed list of the extra accessories you will need to purchase separately. If you are having a hard time with this one, tutorial videos and tips from the community are readily available.
2. The fastest VR headset to 3D print
This VR headset is a quick Google Cardboard alternative to 3D print as it only requires 3 pieces and is effortless to assemble. It fits smartphones with displays between 4 and 7 inches. You’ll need to purchase the straps and you can use lenses from a Google Cardboard. This design is easy to customize, looks great and best of all, you can print as many as you want!
3. The easiest VR viewer to 3D print
This VR viewer is very basic and is the most simple and easy to 3D print. Since it is possible to adjust the size of this design it can fit almost any smartphone. Its simplicity makes it a great project for young makers interested in 3D printing and virtual reality. There aren’t any instructions for this one but it’s so accessible that you’ll have it up and working in no time!
4. The easiest 3D printed VR headset to assemble
This 3D printable mobile VR headset made our list because it can be assembled in less than 2 minutes! You can adjust the design according to the size of your smartphone’s display which means it can fit all phones. Once you have printed the parts, purchased the lenses and adjustable strap, check out this YouTube video. Follow the instructions and you’ll be experiencing VR in just a couple of minutes.
If you have a smartphone and a 3D printer at home, a brave new world is at your fingertips, just waiting for you to make it and jump in.
Looking for a more advanced VR headset? check out our VR comparison engine and find the right device for you.