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.