If anyone wants me to make a template for another iPod case or an iPhone case leave a comment and I'll do my best.
Answers to the Make-to-Learn Contest:
What I Made
I made a case for my iPod 5 out of sheet aluminum, hot glue and duct tape. I used a hacksaw, coping saw, angle grinder, drill and files in making it.
How I Made It
I sketched out the layout for my case on scrap 30-gauge aluminum my shop teacher gave me and drilled holes where needed. Then I used a hacksaw to cut out the case. I cleaned up the cuts with some files and then bent the support tabs at 90 degree angles. I used two pairs of pliers to bend the top and bottom tabs again. I covered each half of the case with duct tape to protect my iPod from scratches and to keep it in the case. Then I drilled holes for the camera and flash, joined the two holes together with a coping saw and was done.
Where I Made It
I made my case at home. I worked hard to get it done quickly so I could show it off at school.
What I Learned
I learned that cutting very thin metal with a hacksaw is difficult. It tends to bend. I also learned that sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. I had initially planned to secure the two halves of the case with magnets but found that lining the case with duct tape created enough friction to hold the iPod in place.
Step 1: What You Need:
- Coping saw
- Bench grinder or angle grinder
- Sheet metal, around 30 gauge
- Duct tape
- Drill or drill press
- Bench vise
- Vise grips
Step 2: Layout
- Trace it onto the sheet metal.
- Drill holes as indicated in the image.
Step 3: Cutting and Filing
- Use the coping saw to cut out wherever the hacksaw can't access (where you drilled holes).
- Round the edges of the case with a file or grinder. I didn't spend much time on this and regret it, so don't skip it!
Step 4: Bending
- Slide it over your iPod to make sure it fits. If it doesn't adjust the angles of the sides.
- Repeat for the top half.
Step 5: Securing the Case
- Repeat for the top half of the case.
- Line each half of the case with duct tape. Keep adding duct tape until the case stays on the iPod but can still be removed relatively easily.
Step 6: Camera Acess
- Use a coping saw to cut between the two holes.
- If your camera isn't centered (or close to being centered) in the hole use a round file to shape the hole until it is close to being centered.
- You may want to use different sized drill bits if your iPod isn't and iPod 5.
Step 7: Finishing
- File the tabs that fold over the top of the iPod round. You don't want them to catch on your pocket.
- Round the corners of the sides of the case.
- If you wanted to spray paint it now would be the best time. Painting it would probably improve the appearance over bare metal.