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This tutorial is a set of step-by-step instructions illustrating how to create a simple iPhone stand using SolidWorks software & a MakerBot Replicator 3D printer.
For this project you'll need the following: -a computer with Solidworks or similar CAD software -an iPhone -calipers or a ruler -access to a MakerBot or a similar ...
First, measure the width of the iPhone with the calipers or ruler. My iPhone 3G measures 2.448 inches wide. Rounding up to 2.5 inches is suitable for our ...
Next, measure the thickness of the iPhone with the calipers or ruler. My iPhone 3G measures 0.439 inches thick. Rounding up to 0.45 inches is suitable allowance for the ...
Now you can translate the measurements you just took to build an accurate SolidWorks model. Start up SolidWorks & open a new part file. Select the Right Plane ...
Extrude the sketch profile 2 inches one direction.
Select the Front Plane & create a new sketch. Use the sketch here as reference for creating the profile to cut the side angles of the stand. Select ...
Select Through All in the the Cut-Extrude feature to cut the side angle of your iPhone stand.
Select the Mirror feature. Mirror the body using the Right Plane.
Select the Fillet feature. Select all of the edges you want to have a radius on. Set the fillet dimension to 0.05 inches.
If you want, you can cut your name into the front of the stand by selecting the Front Plane, creating a sketch & typing your name with the Text ...
Open the STL file in the MakerBot software (ReplicatorG or MakerWare). Position the model so that it is sitting on the ground plane & in the center.
Generate the GCode to create the tool path for the MakerBot. Select the print button after the GCode has finished generating.
Sit back & watch your part being printed on the MakerBot. This print was set on 50% fill & took about 2 hours to complete. The MakerBot lays down ...
Your fresh off the MakerBot stand is now complete. You can use it to display your iPhone in portrait or landscape mode. Happy iPhone standing!
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