So what if you don't have a 3D Printer or a CNC Machine? Is there any easy way to do prototyping or create 3D models without these tools at home? I've had some success with using a crafting cutter (Die cutting machine) for not only craft work around the house but also for 2D and simple 3D printing.
With that said, this Instructable is a wood "printed" phone stand that turns your phone into a nice wood clock for yourself or makes a nice quick gift for a friend!
If you happen to have one of these machines (~$100 recently), you can cut this out in about 30 minutes and completely finish the project in about 2 hrs. I've included two models from which to choose - a vintage look and an open face style so that you have full access to the phone screen.
Step 1: Materials
You will need the following materials to build this iPhone stand. This Instructable is for the wood version, but you can of course use construction paper or cardstock to build the stand with these same instructions.
- Thin wood sheet*, or other thin paper or cardboard (not greater than 120 lb) - 8 1/2 by 11 inch sheet size
- Hobby Knife
- Attached Silhouette files for the model(s)
- Silhouette Portrait or Cameo Craft Cutter
- Apps for the clock faces - suggest searching for "Antique Clock" or "SteamPunk", but there are others
- Wood Stain (optional)
*Note that for my wood version, I used a thin wood veneer available from Cards of Wood ( http://www.cardsofwood.com/ ). I used the 0.015 inch thick veneer wood sheet.
Step 2: Assembly
If you have the materials, this is a pretty easy project to build.
- Load one of the design files into the Studio software. The wood veneer I used is standard 8 1/2 by 11 sheet. Which BTW, you can also print on it too with a laser or inkjet printer. It takes 4 passes (two double cut runs) for each sheet and then 2 sheets to create a single stand.
- For the first sheet, cut out the red lines geometry or front of the stand. The front should be ready to cut by default when you open the file.
- I used the "10+" (maximum depth) setting on the blade cutter itself, speed of "3", thickness of "33" and "Double Cut" checked in the cut settings inside Studio.
- Put the wood sheet onto your cutting mat. Make sure the sheet is adhered to your cutting met well. It also helps if you tape the very bottom of the wood sheet to the cutting mat.
- Cut the front of the stand, it should only take about 5-10 minutes. When finished, leave the cutting mat and the sheet in the cutting machine. Now, have it do the same run / cut again - in total 4 cuts (two double cuts). You should end up with about 70% of the cuts making it thru the sheet, depending on the wood grain of the sheet and how sharp is your cutting blade.
- Remove the already cut sheet for the front from the cutting mat and place the second sheet onto the cutting mat in a similar fashion to the first sheet.
- Next, in Studio, move the red lines geometry (front) off of the cutting area and move the blue lines geometry (back) into the cutting area.
- Cut the back of the stand as in steps 4-5, again it should only take about 5-10 minutes per run. While it's cutting the back, use your knife to finish cutting out the front from the first sheet.
- Remove the second cut sheet and use your knife to finish cutting it out.
- Look for the perforated fold lines and fold them - see included pictures. This veneer sheet folds extremely well without breaking.
Step 3: Assembly Continued
- Now glue the stand halves together - first glue the top two corners (see included pictures) and allow them to dry slightly (2-5 minutes) while pinching. Then apply glue to all the joint edges on the bottom or back of the case (from the second cut sheet). Use some tape to keep it all together while it's drying. Wipe away excess glue.
- After about 10 minutes and before the glue sets, insert your phone into the stand for fit sizing. It should go in snug, again see included pictures for help. Of course, take out your phone so as not to get it stuck with the drying glue.
- After about 30 minutes, glue the stand supports to the back of the stand, see the last picture for placement.
- Allow to dry for another 60 minutes.
- Put your phone into the stand and stand it up. It should work. Note the stand was designed for the phone to be plugged into it's power cord while in the stand.
- Optionally stain if you wish