The following project will show you how to take 3D Solidwork's renderings and 2D Illustrator files and create a minimalist iPhone boombox. The boombox is my design and creation. Originally for a production class, I designed and created the boombox in an attempt to design, render and create using computer programs. Other goals of the object were to hide witness marks and create a minimalist and retro design. Please feel free to contact me with questions or with photos of the boombox you create using my Instructable, especially if you use different materials or components.

If you like the design and the way I took the idea from computer to reality please vote for me in the Make It Real competition!


This Instructable is for the the Make It Real competition. Thanks to the judges for giving me the opportunity to continue design. Winning a 3D printer while still in school would allow me to do incredible thing like rapid prototyping, form studies and so much more.

Thank you for viewing and voting!

Step 1: Step 1: Materials


1/2 inch MDF (Board Atleast 14 x 12)
1/4 inch MDF (Board Atleast 14 x 12)
1/4 inch Clear Acrylic
5/8 inch Dowel

1/2 inch Cloth Elastic Band

Mini Rocker Switch
5mm LED
AAA Battery Pack
Altec Lansing IMT227 OrbitM Speaker
Electrical Wire
1/4w 62 OHM Resister

Where to Purchase the Speaker:

<p>Cool suggestion. Hook those LED's to a &quot;tip31&quot; power Transistor with the Base Lead connected to the audio in, and have sound reacted LEDS. </p>
wow guy! this project is awesome! i just love it! continue doing things like this one! just one word: AMAZING!
Awesome project, I would just like to know how it looks from the back and also how is it all held together <br> <br>Thank you
Would it be possible to alter/adjust the instructions in order to accommodate for the new dimensions of the iPhone 5 or the new iPod touch, as well as potential stereo output?
I must say, that is ballin'.
how do do it without a laser cutter please ? looks great !
Use a router with a guide or router table. &nbsp;<br> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&node=552578" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/b?ie=UTF8&amp;node=552578</a><br> The tables are available at all price points. &nbsp;More expensive = better accuracy. &nbsp;If you're not going to use a table, I'd suggest a plunge router or work from the outer edge in.<br> <br> You can route the MDF and the Acrylic as well. Depending on your aesthetic preferences you might like to use MDO instead of MDF&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium_density_overlay_panel" rel="nofollow">http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medium_density_overlay_panel<br> <br> I</a>f you choose to, you could replace the MDF with acrylic. &nbsp;Getting a clean acrylic edge is as simple as buffing with a felt or cotton wheel and rouge both of which are available in any decent hardware store.<br> <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=buffing+wheels&x=14&y=11" rel="nofollow">http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=buffing+wheels&amp;x=14&amp;y=11</a><br> or<br> <a href="http://tinyurl.com/87xnanl" rel="nofollow">http://tinyurl.com/87xnanl</a><br> <br> There's really no trick to it just have some pieces to practice on first, some patience and a willingness to endure a few failures at the outset. &nbsp;If it works the first time you haven't learned anything so there's that solace.<br> <br>
Great ! thanks for all the info :)
You can download the plans, scale them properly and maybe use a ban saw to cut out the inserts. Let me know
ok thanks. when i get around to doing it ill definately upload pictures<br>
dang sick
Very nice! Would be really neat if the LED pulsed to the sound output. Really wish I had access to a laser cutter...
You should've went the full mile on this idea. The iphone dock isn't very nice to look at. You could've hard mounted the 3.5 headphone jack for starters and made an actual dock that holds the phone snug instead of that elastic band. Also. since you're using batteries on this for the LED. You should've went ahead and added a second speaker and transistors for amplified sound. <br><br>Rebuild it with some better ideas.
Really neat Idea.. Excellent execution. Brilliant. Any reason you did not make it Stereo???
Awesome instructable. It would be great to add a dock connecter and an extra power pack to charge your iPhone. Hmmm, might just have to try that myself! I might even add solar power, and a USB recharge and a sealed plexiglass face to keep the sand out and to create the ultimate beach boom box. Brilliant.
excellent ! &hellip;
I did not see your Instructable in the Make It Real challenge to vote for it. Is it there and I just missed it? <br><br>Great project and well documented in this Instructable. I assume you got a good grade in your class!
It has not been accepted yet, and i also havn't gotten a grade back yet, hopefully soon, thanks for trying, check back soon!
Maybe this could be a Kickstarter project? http://www.kickstarter.com/
Sick. I want me one.
Super dope. Apple needs to buy this idea! What do you think, a mil sound about right? lol.
More likely they'll patent it and sell it back to you... lol
haha love it thank you
This is such an incredible project. I wonder if it could go to mass market by 4th Quarter - everyone will want one. When is the Droid version coming LOL - I want one of each.
I like this project very much. <br>The design is excellent and the make-of is very well illustrated. <br>Of course, the use of computer-aided cutting has greatly contributed to the perfect finishing, but the design is very original and beautiful.
The greatest thing to happen to portable speakers since the boombox.
Simple but looks great good job!

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