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Laser Cut Ipod Dock

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This is a custom Ipod dock, is laser cut out of 1/4" oak plywood. The power cord and audio cord are set in place with a heavy coat of epoxy. This dock handles your power needs (USB cord with AC plug attached) and allows you to plug R/L audio in the form of RCAs, for your TV or stereo receiver.

Great addition to the home stereo. I have the Ipod power plugged into the back of my receiver, so when I turn my stereo off, the Ipod turns off too.
tight! ...1 problem, i need a laser :-)
1 word: ponoko
That looks cool! I wish I had a laser cutter... :-(
ponoko will do laser cutting for you if you provide a vector file that adheres to their pecifications
and pay a hefty price for a single piece of work
it's still cheaper than buying the laser cutter yourself ;) I found it depends a lot on the cuts. A couple of extra cuts can increase cost quite a bit!
Way cheaper
general_rookie (author)  mmmdonut6 years ago
I'm lucky that i have access to 3 laser cutters at my architecture college. Free to use for students. I'm on it every day making new stuff.
I architecture school fun/easy? (I really want to be an architect when I grow up.)
I alway enjoyed school, so i loved it. It is quite possibly the most demanding and hardest of all college degrees. Architects have to learn a little of everything. But it is a great thing to do.
Thanks for answering!!! Sounds fun to me. :D
That's pretty cool.
gmjhowe6 years ago
I like it, not seen a lazer cut version before. only downside, and this is the same for alot of docks, its very big! so either squash something into the box (amp or something) or make it smaller (tho i dont kno how small lazer cutting will let u got) Personally i think it looks great tho!
general_rookie (author)  gmjhowe6 years ago
the laser cutter can cut something as small as 1/16" I had to make it this size on purpose. the height is just tall enough for the two plugs to be epoxied. the depth and width are 3" each. It looks like a big dock compared to the small Nano. I would have liked it smaller, but anything smaller would be pretty unstable for the Nano. If anyone wants the EPS or AI file for this, email me at nickswinehart@gmail.com
Well i guess its the height that gets me, my modification would proberly be to strip the wires, and glue in place. tho, i did have a bit out of an old ipod dock, which is flat, and would have worked a treat (but i broke it) PS i just love the way the burnt edges look on your joins.
This is pretty awesome!
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