Introduction: How to Make an IPhone 4s Case

This is my first instructable and I will show you how to design an iPhone 4s case using SolidWorks which you can print out using a 3D printer.  This YouTube video shows how to model the case and has all the right dimensions.



I uploaded the actual SolidWorks 2011 case file and an STL file.

Step 1:

The iPhone 4s template I used to get all the dimensions can be found in the the following link: 
http://grabcad.com/library/iphone-4-4s-white-black-versions-available.
I also attached a picture of all the measurements of the case itself. 

Step 2: Renderings

Here are some of the iPhone case Renderings.

Step 3: Print Out Case Using 3D Printer

After you finish drawing the file, save it as .stl file and send it to the printer.

Step 4: Final Product

This is the case rendering compared to the actual case.

Comments

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ab737 (author)2017-06-21

yes CyborgNaes

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Art in urban nature (author)2016-03-30

I like rockstar cases

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CyborgNaes (author)2015-02-11

The material is pretty weak near the circle and won't fit on an iPhone.

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mstyle183 (author)2012-02-15

i have a similar case that just got shipped out today... it took almost 3 weeks to be made at some online website..
great design!

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astroboy907 (author)mstyle1832012-02-15

how much $$?

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mstyle183 (author)astroboy9072012-02-16

it was about 19 bucks to get it printed.. not including taxes or shipping .. :*(

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JelleAV (author)mstyle1832014-11-18

Could you please tell me where you let it be fabriced? I cannot find such a cheap website so far.

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mstyle183 (author)JelleAV2014-11-18

shapeways.. you need to make your walls thinner

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newton.95.dan (author)mstyle1832012-02-15

Thanks! Did you design the case yourself?

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mstyle183 (author)newton.95.dan2012-02-15

yup.. i'm making a video and putting it up soon.. it has a money clip, credit card and id holders, headphone holder and a bottle opener :)

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newton.95.dan (author)mstyle1832012-02-15

Thats great.. You should definitely give me the link when you post the video.

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mstyle183 (author)newton.95.dan2012-02-16

i edited the video last night.. its rendering today..

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Kryptonite (author)mstyle1832012-02-16

Keep us posted!!

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mstyle183 (author)Kryptonite2012-02-20

Here you go :)
https://www.instructables.com/id/The-ultimate-all-in-one-iphone-case-wallet-money/

ULTWallet.jpg
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newton.95.dan (author)mstyle1832012-02-16

Awesome I'd like to see it.

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newton.95.dan (author)mstyle1832012-02-16

Hey could I get you to vote for me for the make it real challenge. Thanks.

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mstyle183 (author)newton.95.dan2012-02-17

done :)

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Rohit42 (author)2013-12-28

Okay. I am experienced in only Google SketchUp and Maya and I was wondering if there was a way to edit your first design with my older sisters name on it and then proceed to print it on ShapeWays. If there is way to convert your file or if you could upload an .OBJ file it would be greatly appreciated.

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cementman (author)2013-02-18

very attarctive and helpful teaching way

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dansaul0413 (author)2012-02-28

What printer are you using?

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You should be able to use any 3D printer :)

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It can be used in any printer, that's why I included the .stl file

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Yeah I know it can be used pretty much with any 3d printer. I was just wondering what printer you used.

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ppatchen (author)2012-02-16

How about exporting and including and a .OBJ in your Instructable that that anyone could mod?

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mstyle183 (author)ppatchen2012-02-24

i have a .obj model in my instructable don't forget to vote for me too :)

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Peugas (author)2012-02-16

From my point of view, a "draw&print" tutorial is... not a tutorial.

Besides that, great final product.

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Krayzi99 (author)Peugas2012-02-19

I greatly disagree.

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solemnraven (author)2012-02-16

I would have preferred a few more steps from how to get from point 1 to point 2.

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Are you talking about more detail in how to design the case?

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Yes that. For example how (if you had) went from the sketch drawing to the model.

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solemnraven (author)solemnraven2012-02-16

I'm sorry I see now that you included a video to explain that part.

It doesn't really show every step clearly but I believe that was what I was asking for. Thanks.

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Well all the drawing has to be done within an assembly so you can just sketch over the iphone.

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Hey could I get you to vote for me for the make it real challenge. Thanks.

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mbartolucci (author)2012-02-15

what program did you use to draw the case?

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I used SolidWorks to draw it.

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It said that in the instructable...if you bothered to read the first sentence.

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Hey could I get you to vote for me for the make it real challenge. Thanks.

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Bullit11 (author)2012-02-16

Do you know what's the volume of the case?

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newton.95.dan (author)Bullit112012-02-16

Hey could I get you to vote for me for the make it real challenge. Thanks.

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newton.95.dan (author)Bullit112012-02-16

The volume of the case without the design is 1.23 cubic inches and the one with the design is 1.04 cubic inches

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mazmoiz (author)2012-02-16

Hi, thanks for this instructable.
Can you please tell me which 3D printer is this? Printing resolution looks very impressive.

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newton.95.dan (author)mazmoiz2012-02-16

Its a Dimension BST 1200. Thats what we use in my school.

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Hey could I get you to vote for me for the make it real challenge. Thanks.

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mstyle183 (author)2012-02-15

question what is that round design at the bottom? it looks like a guy with headphones?

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newton.95.dan (author)mstyle1832012-02-15

That design was just something I did in a hurry to get it printed out in my engineering class.. I've had some people tell me it looks like a bull.

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mstyle183 (author)newton.95.dan2012-02-15

interesting.. it looks like some kinda earphone holders for a second

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astroboy907 (author)mstyle1832012-02-15

Are the 2 "claw" extensions designed to split the plastic so it can be hooked to a pocket, etc? Looks to me a great way to add a "clip" without adding bulk :)
You could definitely sell these :)

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Well that wasn't my intention but I guess it works :)

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astroboy907 (author)astroboy9072012-02-15

also- could you post a photo of the case wit the phone in it? Just to see how it looks IRL w/ a phone