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So before I bought my 16 R I was very torn between the R and the S3. In the end I picked the 16 R, for more than a few reasons, but one of the reasons was Apple CarPlay. I knew with this that maybe my infotainment system wouldn't seem to get outdated as quick. I knew wireless CarPlay wasn't available nor would it be a good option anyway, especially for longer trips since it will greatly diminish your battery life. Once I got the car I quickly realized that plugging in a cable every time was a bit annoying. And I would also have tuck the wire in the cubby so it wouldn't get in the way of the shifter.

Some of you may recall that a person by the name of Danny sold a 3D printed dock on shapeways that fit our cars perfectly. No more messy wires and everything is hidden away. I believe he owns a GTI which is why he even made it in the first place. The bad news was that this dock was made specifically as a hobby and for Danny's own phone with a case. So while it fit some phones it wasn't a great solution to fit all.

So I messaged Danny and questioned him whether he would design and make something that more people will use. I guess other people have been asking him as well and he decided to make a better dock. Fast forward several months or more, and me impatiently waiting, and Danny finally had finished the design, made a website, and printed the first few docks for sale on his site. I quickly ordered one and received it about two weeks ago and have been using it and now finally wanted to post up a review and pictures of the product.

DESIGN:
So first off this is a 3D printed custom dock specifically for our cars. I believe it's just Danny making these by hand one by one right now. So while the product is not 100% finished like a product made in a mold, it is still very well built. Take a look at my pictures and you might be wondering why it looks odd shaped, and some lines do not look straight. I can tell you that I never knew our cubbies had such a weird shape until I installed this and realized the shape is absolutely spot on. The design to adjust how the plug and side bumpers can adjust to almost any phone is super simple and once locked, feels very secure. You can see on his site how the adjustments work.

REAL WORLD USE:
So I've been using this now for almost two weeks. And as you could imagine it works great. The dock feels very secure and inserting and taking out the phone doesn't move the dock at all. And no rattles or odd noises while driving either. The phone stays very secure even during spirited driving. And I'm really enjoying the better quality music I'm getting by having my phone wired vs bluetooth.

CONCLUSION:
So are there any cons? I guess the fact that the dock is 3D printed vs being made in a mold is a con for some. But I understand why this can't be done in a mold yet because of upfront cost to make a mold. But with that in mind, I believe the top of the dock is sanded down nicely and you can see in one of my pictures where it's installed that the product does look very "finished" because of that. The felt also makes it feel like a finished product as well. The dock could be considered pricey for some people but it was worth every penny to me. The fact that the dock will be usable for any of my futures phones is great. It also makes me use CarPlay more often which in the end is the purpose of this dock and it's done that so far.

This is where I bought mine from: D-Docks

















 

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Very cool! This is a great idea. Didn't even realize someone has been making these. Thanks for sharing his work, I'll definitely have to look into his product!
 

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Very cool! This is a great idea. Didn't even realize someone has been making these. Thanks for sharing his work, I'll definitely have to look into his product!
Yup really cool idea. I think he told me it takes like a better part of the whole day to even print one. I think he started with like 4-5 on his site and they all sold out. And now you'll see like 1-2 before they are bought and just say sold out lol.
 

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I saw the original design a while back, and I like the idea, but I'm not ready to give up the whole cubby for a phone mount.
I understand what you mean but honesty I only used that cubby just to put my phone in so it wasn't a waste to me. Plus I have the middle armrest cubby...even if it comes locked from the factory (US model...)
 

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Yup really cool idea. I think he told me it takes like a better part of the whole day to even print one. I think he started with like 4-5 on his site and they all sold out. And now you'll see like 1-2 before they are bought and just say sold out lol.
It would not take that long to print that. Maybe in the 4-5 hr range. He is probably doing finishing work on it post printing though.
 

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It would not take that long to print that. Maybe in the 4-5 hr range. He is probably doing finishing work on it post printing though.
Yup actually I think you're pretty spot on I think he did mention 5 hours. But I guess there's the sanding to smooth out the top part and adding in the felt, putting together the adjustable parts with screws. Either way it definitely takes a lot of hours to build one and there's nothing this custom that fits in our cars this way. Just lucky he owns a MK7 GTI and decided to make this.
 

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Yup actually I think you're pretty spot on I think he did mention 5 hours. But I guess there's the sanding to smooth out the top part and adding in the felt, putting together the adjustable parts with screws. Either way it definitely takes a lot of hours to build one and there's nothing this custom that fits in our cars this way. Just lucky he owns a MK7 GTI and decided to make this.
Small phone users rejoice!
My phone does not fit in the cubby even without this 3D printed thing in there. And until Waze is brought out through android auto I doubt I'd ever want it completely removed.

In any case....an A for effort. Looks like a bit more sanding or whatever post processing is required to lose the 3D printed texture is still needed on those surfaces that got it...can see some escapees.
 

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I bought one of these for my iphone 6s a few months ago back when he had them on shapeway. I love mine. The only problem I have with it is it's so conveniently tucked out of sight, I often forget my phone when I get out of the car....lol.
 

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Small phone users rejoice!
My phone does not fit in the cubby even without this 3D printed thing in there. And until Waze is brought out through android auto I doubt I'd ever want it completely removed.

In any case....an A for effort. Looks like a bit more sanding or whatever post processing is required to lose the 3D printed texture is still needed on those surfaces that got it...can see some escapees.
Honestly when installed in the car there isn't any 3D Printed texture I can see. I'd have to really shine a flashlight in there to see anything like that. Someone who's seen it in person actually said it resembles an OEM factory part almost.
 

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I bought one of these for my iphone 6s a few months ago back when he had them on shapeway. I love mine. The only problem I have with it is it's so conveniently tucked out of sight, I often forget my phone when I get out of the car....lol.
Good thing our cars remind us to not forgot our phones every time we turn off the car LOL.
 

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Good thing our cars remind us to not forgot our phones every time we turn off the car LOL.
Funny (and annoying) thing about that. When my phone is in my pocket, not plugged in and just paired to bluetooth, the radio reminds me not to forget my phone. When it's plugged in the cubby, out of sight, the radio doesn't say anything. Not sure why, but it's really annoying.
 

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Do you have any pictures of it with your phone plugged in? What kind of phone do you have? I have an iPhone 6Plus and I'm thinking it might touch the (manual) shifter, or close-to.


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Do you have any pictures of it with your phone plugged in? What kind of phone do you have? I have an iPhone 6Plus and I'm thinking it might touch the (manual) shifter, or close-to.


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No pictures yet with it plugged since I used my iphone to take the pictures haha. But I have an iPhone 6S with a case.

All I know is that there is less space for my DSG in "park" vs a manual in neutral and I have no issues with docking my phone while DSG is in park.

I believe the person who makes the dock owns a MK7 GTI in manual so you could post that question to his site or even reach out to him and he'll let you know.
 

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would this be any use in a 2015 golf r, as there is no carplay? the car came with a iPod 30pin connector in the cubby. Do they make a lightning connector, and what would connecting a phone do with it?
 
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