IPhone Cover for Engineers

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Introduction: IPhone Cover for Engineers

With everything going digital these days I started to think that current and future Engineering/Mechanical students are going to rely a lot on software to solve problems, it's happening now, I do it. When something new or something that we haven't done in a while in Engineering arises we always look for the easy/lazy way out, we either search the internet for an online calculator, software or look through the app store for a solution, but there's one thing missing, you can't touch it, feel it, assemble it, that's why I came up with, I believe, the first analogue Iphone app.
You get this baby printed, you get a sense of achievement because you assembled it, you spin those little 1.25 module gears and admire it in awe.
The gears are all embossed with the number of teeth so you can work out ratios, there are even and odd number of teeth gears just to make it that bit more challenging, it's a great visual to see what direction what gear is going in a gear train. You won't even have to turn on your phone and it still works. 
Come up with your own funky colour combination.........see! the fun never stops.

The STL files are available on request for personal use only.
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iPhone 5 version can be found at http://www.shapeways.com/shops/saurus



Cheers! -Danny

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    91 Discussions

    This is such an awesome case. As an engineering student, I would love to print this out and sport it around. Do you think it is possible to for you to send me the iPhone 5 stl?

    I love this case! It looks amazing and as an engineering student im really wanting to build this. do you mind sending me the Iphone 5c .stl files thanks and what an awesome job.

    Adoring the idea!! Do you have an STL for an iPhone 6?

    Thanks for the great design.

    As an engineering student, this is true heart of engineering in this digitalized(?) world.

    I love the motivation of this idea!

    Do you mind sending the cad file for me?

    Thank you!

    Could you send me the .stl files? I can't seem to find them on this page and it looks correctly.

    Do you have an iphone 5C .STL version of this case? I prefer this design to the 5C one you have linked above :)
    Thanks!

    I thought you might like to know someone has stolen the product and re-posted it for sale. Found this for sale on Kraftwurx.com by user "Admin"
    http://www.kraftwurx.com/3d-printed-quality-products/?page=shop.product_details&product_id=2810

    I thought you might like to know someone has stolen the product and re-posted it for sale. Found this for sale on Kraftwurx.com by user "Admin"
    http://www.kraftwurx.com/3d-printed-quality-products/?page=shop.product_details&product_id=2810

    I like this case! If I might, I'd like to throw an idea out there for you.

    Would it be possible to redesign this such that a gear would be positioned over the camera lens? The gear you could manufacture for that spot could have multiple lenses which could change by just rotating the gears. Normal, zoomed, macro, and maybe blocked? I think it would be a really neat upgrade.

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    Thanks for the comments dh!
    That's a great idea, I'll look into for V2 once I have a chance.
    Cheers!

    We've had a few people print this baby for their beloved Iphone's and received some great feedback and pictures......thanks for that! I've uploaded another version of the main body which has the side button holes cut out completely for those people having trouble in this area during printing, there are now two main bodies in the zip file, the original and one with the suffix 'cutout' ......Enjoy!

    All votes appreciated :)

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    I just printed this on the UP 3D printer, and everything came out pretty good. The only problem is I don't own an iphone and I broke the thin side walls when I put it in my pocket. Doh! I think as long as it's put on to the iphone immediately, the thin side walls should be supported by the phone itself. I had no problem printing the rivets.
    Excellent instructable. 5 stars!!

    Thanks for the feedback Mr Noack!
    I'm glad you like it, yeah the phone does support the walls.

    Cheers