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I have been looking for a while for a decent iPhone dock or stand that would be compatible with my iPhone 4 with bumper case. After my internet searches came up short, I decided to design one myself.  I already had some clear acrylic, so I chose to use this as the main material.

The result is a stylish, modern and useful iPhone stand that both looks good and is functional. This is my first instructable
 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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- Acrylic sheet
- Printer
- Glue
- Wooden blocks, for holding while heating and bending
- Heat gun
- File or grinder to smooth edges
- Bandsaw, jigsaw or manual saw and patience
- Scroll saw or coping saw
- Sandpaper
- Drill and drill bits

Step 2: Design Process

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I designed the stand in SolidWorks 3D CAD software. Once I had finalised my design I used the 'Sheet Metal' tools to convert from a 3D object to a net. I then created a drawing with this net and printed it off one a 1:1 ratio. Attached are both the SolidWorks files if you have SolidWorks and want to modify it, or a PDF to print off if you don't.

Print this, ensuring that page scaling is turned off. Glue onto the acrylic. If the acrylic comes with a plastic protective layer, stick it on top of this, do not peel it off.

Step 3: Cutting and Smoothing

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Cut around the edges of the template using a bandsaw, or in my case jigsaw. Do not cut right up to the line. Once it has been cut around the edges, smooth it up to the line with a grinder or file. It should be perfectly symmetrical with smooth edges. Find a drill bit approximately the size of the diameter of the dock slot and drill at either end. Cut through with a scroll or fret saw, then smooth with a file.

CagedChimp3 years ago
Great ible. I decided to make this this evening and it turned out great, though I used a torch instead of a heat gun to melt the plastic.
phib3r_0ptik (author)  CagedChimp3 years ago
Glad that it worked out for you. Any pictures of your result?
Heres a pic of the finished product. It was a slightly modified version of yours since I have a Droid Incredible and thinner plexi.
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vwluvrs3 years ago
You could polish the edges, either by using polishing compound, or with a torch...
Info here:
http://www.plasticsmag.com/ta.asp?aid=1944

Great able though!
shtihl2 years ago
that bending with a heat gun is great. i made a TV button shield to keep my little ones from change the settings on the TV using a busted document stand sign thingy (real technical, eh?) i used a painters heat gun that i bought for $20 at the orange signed big box hardware store. only issue i had (tho i did not care) was the cracking look in the acrylic where i bent it. any suggestions on how i can improve this?
capoeira4u3 years ago
Here's one I'm using. It's just an acrylic name card stand you can buy at any stationary store for $1 :)
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Nice! Thanks for the great idea!
angeldiazg3 years ago
If you cut the lower part of the "wings", you will be able to use the dock with iphone in horizontal mode. The upper part of "wings" will still hold the phone when in vertical mode.
Designed Solidworks = Awesomeness
Love your idea. I may take the Solid Works file and scale it up to be usable for an iPad, foot would need to be larger to support the extra weight, but shouldn't be too difficult.
WVvan3 years ago
Double Plus Good.
I didn't realize you could use a heat gun to soften up the acrylic to where it would bend. That gives me a few ideas... (cue mad scientist laugh).
neither did i on the heat gun... that makes sence. oh the possibilities
loadboard3 years ago
ha-ha!
I like it!
Lindie3 years ago
Great idea! Nice!
roftranspo3 years ago
Thanks for the info. Going to use this to design a stand application that has been in my head but didn't know how to implement :)
agguilar3 years ago
GOOD ONE
milesduggan3 years ago
I am so going to make a mac mini mount because I have a bunch of leftover acrylic from another project! Thanks for the ideas!! Keep it up!
Diabloscope3 years ago
I like it , Nice
Awesome job!

Add a bit o' Velcro to the bottom of the stand, your car dash, the phone and the stand again - and you have a cool removable car dock.
NatNoBrains3 years ago
Very, very nice and simple!

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