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How many times I broke a mobile phone by just letting it fall on the ground or - everybody gets angry, sometimes - while throwing it to the wall or someone's head...

Too many, many too many. Even my strongest Samsung shockproof didn't resist, finally.

Mobiles are fragile, too fragile, and need our protection.

So I decided to develop an armour - a panzer!

An armour will
1) protect the inside
2) make you think twice before throwing it
3) be more effective when the phone goes ballistic

Low-cost, shockproof. And, don 't forget, cool!

Needs:
- some scrap or, in my case, a few metal sabots used in woodconstruction stuff
- an old mixer
- all the metal working gear you can grab
 
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Step 1: Preparing the sides

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Sabots are cool stuff: cheap, and already plied. Only some cutting, welding & grinding to make the pieces you want.

Step 2: Welding the box

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Cutting, welding, grinding, again.

Step 3: Adjusting height

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To properly cut the sides of the box I prepared a box outside the box with the thickness I wanted.
Some grinding and the job was done.

Step 4: Welding the bolts

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How fixing the bottom to the box? Love-less bolts, of course, welded in the box.

Step 5: Preparing the bottom

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Cutting, drilling, countersinking, sanding, fixing.

Step 6: Preparing the hinge

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Or how two two male-female hinges become one male-female-male hinge.

Step 7: Fixing the cover

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Welding the two males to the cover, and the female to the box.

Step 8: Going arty

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No armour without appropriate helmet. Since I liked the combination of steel & copper of the popular 'templar helmet' I decided to do something in that way, my way (and to avoid religious symbols but that's another discussion).

Step 9: Transforming the mixer

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Mixers, taps & so on are made of copper.

I'll show you two ways to obtain a large copper piece on the cheap:
- cutting & flattening a copper tube
- dismantling a mixer

I those the second because I wanted it to be relatively thick.

Step 10: Copypasting

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Transfer the image to the copper piece & start cutting & sanding.
laffinm5 months ago
You should engrave the metal around the buttons so you know what numbers they are
vincent75209 months ago
Niiice when boarding a plane ! … 
Advar11 months ago
Star Trek Steampunk!, :O
Sweeeeeet!
q3qyuu1 year ago
Can this be applied to a qwerty phone?:D
Is there any way to easily waterproof it?
This is such a great 'ible! It looks so medieval that I want to get a horse and armour to match and trot down the Main Street calling up anyone I can think of.......will it withstand a sword blow?
bricobart (author)  bricabracwizard1 year ago
It will, great knight - maybe I should call this i'ble 'sword-proof'!
My french friends have an expression for making a phone call 'giving a phone hit', they say. Now I understand why everyone is afraid when I promise I'll give them a 'phone hit' ;-)
Yeah....on iPhone there is an app that is called bump, when you knock phones together you can transfer files or photos...with this you could demolish the other phone.....but you would only use this for good not evil? :-)
bricobart (author)  bricabracwizard1 year ago
Of course great knight, unless it's a Japanese whaler who's calling me! Bump it!!!
jumper171 year ago
I'm honestly surprised that nobody's even mentioned the 'Nokia' brand yet.
Wow; very nice job.
I particularly like the keyboard.


is the signal affected at all by the case ?
bricobart (author)  FriendOfHumanity1 year ago
Thanx! The signal seems to be the same as before in 90% of the calls, honestly. Sometimes there's some loss, even when just before it was at full power.
pokemech1 year ago
Now for the true test, give it to Chuck Norris...
bricobart (author)  pokemech1 year ago
I'll give it to my yak ;-)
Looks cute!
bricobart (author)  Mr. Swiss Gartner1 year ago
Thanx mate!