Introduction: Phone Stand & Headphone Wrap (Laser Cut and Living Hinges)
What you see here is the result of a lot of trials and errors. I wanted to make a phone stand using "living hinges." The living hinges allow a single piece of rigid material to bend.
The phone stand is cut out of thin 1/8" mfd board using a laser cutter. It is the size of a credit card so it will fit in your wallet. You can also use it as a headphone wrap. The stand has adjustable angles and supports both landscape and portrait orientations. The stand is perfect for video chatting and watching movies.
While the living hinges give rigid materials flexibility, the hinges will break if over-stressed. The stand's two back support hinges can bend up to about 110 degrees and the front short "phone bracket" can bend 160 degrees.
The stand is made using a laser cutter. Laser cutter+ wood=burnt wood. While each stand is given a bubble bath, the stand will still have a bit of smell to it. The smell is not offensive. Some people even find the smell pleasant.
There are also more photos in my Flickr page
Step 1: Get access to laser cutter (I used 40W laser cutter. Speed=55, power=90. Do some test cuts)
Step 2: Download the the dxf file.
Step 3: (Optional) Be creative! Add some graphics/cutouts to your design.
Step 4: Laser cut it.
Step 4: (Optional) Clean it with a brush using white vinegar and air dry it.
FYI: Do not use this design on acrylic.The kerf is different for different materials. You will probably have to modify this design to have it work on acrylic.
I would love some feedback or different design ideas, so feel free to leave a comment.