Author Topic: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD  (Read 10942 times)

zallax (OP)

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2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« on: September 11, 2015, 04:09:40 pm »
I ordered 3 Blue 32GB XD's, one long ago and the other two more recently.  Because I am going to have 3 of these devices around my house that are the same color, I was wanting a way to differentiate between each of them.  The form factor of the XD is very close to that of a 2015 3DS XL.  So, I pre-purchased a few 2015 3DS XL vinyl sets hoping that I could trim or mod them to fit because the XD is slightly smaller.  I was also hoping that I could use a top cover sticker, throw it on my vinyl cutter, and make it fit over the controls. 

Well, my first XD arrived yesterday and I can now show you the results. 

A top cover sticker needs very little modification to fit.  I just trimmed up the vertical side and completely removed the part that wraps over the hinge as I didn't want it to add any stress to the hinge.


I did nothing to the bottom cover because, to be honest, it wouldn't be seen much.


I put the XD's control panel on my scanner and scanned it.  I used CorelDraw and did a "trace" of the control panel.  CorelDraw's Shape Tool makes rounding rectangle easy.  Now because the panel can't lay flat because of the screen, there is blurriness and "guessing" in my rendering. 



After I got it to where I thought it looked close.  I grabbed an expendable top cover sticker and taped it to a piece of paper, just covering the corners.  This was necessary as my vinyl cutter is meant for large vinyl cuts.  Next, I manually moved the head of the vinyl cutter, back and forth, across the top of the sticker in many trials to make sure the top of the sticker and the cutter head appeared to run in parallel.  After that, I had to manually position the head as close as I could to the top left corner of the sticker.  I needed a flashlight to see it.  There isn't much room for vertical error as the sticker and the template are almost the same size vertically.  You can lose about 3mm from the side and still be fine but not the top.

The first sticker I did I noticed some thing were a little off due to the blurriness and angled position of the image when it was scanned.  I did a few adjustments then ran another top sticker and the result of that run is below.  It's very close.  The bottom got slightly trimmed off because the head was started too low in the starting alignment.  A few more small tweaks to the template and it would be perfect, but it is good enough for my son who will be receiving this one for his birthday next week.  Here is that result.


As asked, I did a few more tweaks and here is the resulting template in EPS format.  I have not did a run with it but it should be more accurate.  http://www.speedyshare.com/n2WZy/GPD-XD-vinyl-skin.eps

As for the screen sticker, I thought it would fit real close.  The screen on the XD is wider and taller than the 3DS XL and I did not take note of that fact before i removed the sticker from its backing.  Therefore, I do not have a pic of that as I will I will need another sticker first to mod.

I hope this helps you out.
« Last Edit: September 12, 2015, 05:24:57 am by zallax »

wolfstar27

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2015, 04:18:03 pm »
thats pretty cool. could you make a template and upload it?

zallax (OP)

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2015, 04:19:49 pm »
I already made the template.  It's an EPS file.  I will upload it when I get home.

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #3 on: September 11, 2015, 04:45:04 pm »
Awwwwweeeesoommmmme I want a pure iron man theme for mine :D
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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #4 on: September 11, 2015, 05:04:23 pm »
That's brilliant.
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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #5 on: September 12, 2015, 01:44:21 am »
Excellent job! I will share it on our twitter and facebook to let more people know. Could you update the tutorial on teaching us to do this? ;)

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #6 on: September 12, 2015, 04:13:23 am »
Wish I had the skills to do this :(
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zallax (OP)

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #7 on: September 12, 2015, 05:20:41 am »
As requested I have added more information on how I did this.  Look at the OP.
« Last Edit: September 12, 2015, 05:57:17 am by zallax »

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #8 on: September 12, 2015, 11:13:02 am »
Would you consider making them on request and sell them I want one now lol.

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2015, 11:57:55 am »
^ YEAH YEAH YEAH! Good idea!!

I want an Iron Man one :D
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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #10 on: September 12, 2015, 02:14:33 pm »
thanks for the template, I think anybody who is going to mod their GPD XD should post some photos up, we should make a topic on GPD XD custom mods

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #11 on: September 12, 2015, 02:25:37 pm »
Between $15 - $20 would be a good price?
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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #12 on: September 12, 2015, 06:50:44 pm »
This is pretty cool! Part of me wants to do this to mine, but the other likes the cleanness of a fresh device.

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #13 on: September 12, 2015, 10:32:05 pm »
If zallax approves, I suggest willgoo to have a custom decal option in GPD's checkout - it should be very easy to manufacture the whole set if you have the right tools, and since it doesn't add any significant weight, it shouldn't affect shipping.
Seeing as it will increase sales and the decals themselves can lend some profit it should benefit willgoo, and streamline the purchase experience for the customers - so it should be a win-win situation for everyone.

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #14 on: September 13, 2015, 01:57:28 am »
^ What would be the cut in profits like between them though?
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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #15 on: September 13, 2015, 02:33:20 am »
^ What would be the cut in profits like between them though?
It seems like full 3DS decals go for about $15-17, but manufacturing costs shouldn't be more than $8. I figure that if willgoo can sell it for $10, it would be terrific for both the consumer and willgoo as it will boost sales, but even if they sell it for the full price of $15 it wouldn't be that bad as you'd get something that fits better than other decals and free shipping with the GPD XD.

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2015, 03:57:15 pm »
I like this idea. Will check with the manufacture here for the decal. Hopefully we can make the customs mode decal for GPD XD ;) Will keep you reminded for any news!

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #17 on: September 22, 2015, 09:04:15 am »
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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2017, 06:48:56 pm »
Please any can reupload the EPS template??

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Re: 2015 3DS XL Decals on a GPD XD
« Reply #19 on: March 23, 2018, 11:41:31 pm »
I second the request for the EPS template

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