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Cooling Cover for Samsung Gear VR (Note 4)

If you've ever tried to use Gear VR for an extended period of time, you know that it overheats the phone quite easily, requiring you to stop and let it cool down. This alternative cover allows you to add a cooling fan with battery pack for extended VR experiences.


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I printed this out in PLA with 15% honeycomb (2d) infill and no top or bottom layers for maximum air flow.  I attached the fan with two 3mm screws and nuts (the fan I chose has nut traps) and attached the battery pack with a fat rubber band from a bunch of kale from the super market.  Bonus: kale is good for you.

It cools the phone much more effectively with the back cover of the phone off of course.  

The battery pack adds some decent weight to what is already a pretty face-heavy apparatus, so you'll almost definitely want to use the goofy over-the-top-of-the-head strap with this alternative cooling cover installed.

The OpenSCAD file does have some parameters that can be meaningfully tweaked, but it's not truly parametric with regards to most of the fundamental geometry and dimensions.  Play with it. 

3-8-15 Added a second version which better centers/supports the battery pack and blocks the fan from blowing directly on your face.

Materials and methods

- 40 mm, 5 V cooling fan, I used Digi-Key 563-1130-ND
- 4x AAA battery pack, I used Digi-Key SBH441AS-ND
- 3mm screws and nuts
- fat rubber band
- 3d printed cover



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61d99ab80bfb985103db6063ff6a98a7?default=blank&size=40racerbo added this to the Tings to print collection ago
Mini avatar logoJoost Markerink commented ago

This actually looks like a shoe now that you added the sole. (y)

02a5aa315be5b16a840eeae7e71a09ee?default=blank&size=40kalfie7 added this to the Cool shiz collection ago
C775923e9ff047ae9ff92a8205235a95?default=blank&size=40jac added this to the Gear VR collection ago
3ba525461c04afc12237026530e1d8bf?default=blank&size=40ReignMorgan added this to the R&D collection ago
A84c380cf645dc07edb2c24f379fdcfa?default=blank&size=40Matt Cohen commented ago

Id also be interested in an adaptation for the GS6. Also, will this fit consumer edition gear vr?

9da5603df3c9aa8114fb2a0a9fba6b57?default=blank&size=40Ahmed Atif commented ago

Do you have another one for S6 Edition?

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