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DIY Electronics Docking Station

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When I get a newly released gadget, there's usually a period when accessories are not available, so I make my own. In this instructable, I'll show you how you can make a desktop docking station for your phone. The material is highly reusable, and it should work on tablets and other electronics, too!
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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- The phone or electronic gadget,
- Thermoplastic pellets; I'm using Instamorph.
- A charging/data cable,
- A heat gun,
- A frying pan with Teflon coating,
- A flat surface as a sculpting tool. I'm using a piece of clear acrylic for demonstration.

Optionally, you can decorate the finished piece with
- A can of Plasti-Dip spray
- A Sharpie pen

Step 2: Prepare the plastic

Prepare the thermoplastic so that it is malleable by hand:

1. Place thermoplastic pebbles in a non-stick pan,
2. Use heat gun to heat the pebbles until they become clear. Caution: The resulting plastic may be very hot!
3. Make sure the plastic is cool enough to handle, but not yet stiff,
4. Knead the melted plastic to reach a smooth consistency


Tips:
- Instamorph can be reheated and reused again and again. So, if you don't like the result, just heat it up and re-sculpt it.
- Instamorph softens at 140F, the temperature of a medium well done steak. If you don't have a heat gun, you can use hot water to soften the plastic. Make sure the water is eliminated before putting it on your electronics to avoid damage.
- Optionally, if you want to color the thermoplastic, this is where you mix in the dye. You can use polyester dye or alcohol based stamping ink. 
ChrysN1 year ago
Nice looking phone dock. I need to try that Instamorph, it looks really cool.