I wanted to design a useable iPhone dock and stand that was more visually appealing and a little less utilitarian and literal in form that were widely available on 3d printing websites. This dock is designed to take an iPhone with its case on - the slot dimension is 10mm thick x 70mm wide, so if the dimensions of your phone in its case are smaller than this, it will fit. The dock takes a standard lightning cable to allow phone charging while on the stand. The cable should be fed through the access through the back and base to position correctly in the dock. The cable at the back should be pushed into the ridge to secure it. This dock allows access to the home button while docked.
This model requires about 10m of filament producing a printed weight of about 25 grams. Good Luck with printing!
I am able to print this on my fairly basic MOD-t 3d printer. This model will stretch the bridging and overhang capabilities of your printer, but it will still print successfully without too much sagging or stringing. I highly recommend a raft or at the very least a 5 line brim for improving the contact area with the print bed otherwise the model is likely to come away. Supports are a must to support the base of the acoustic void, but you should avoid allowing supports inside the acoustic void, this will preserve the look of printed surfaces that are in plain view. When I set an overhang angle threshold of 44° on Cura, it produces only two lines of support for the overhang on the side cutouts, which works perfectly in my prints. Infill can be set at 0% without reducing the models rigidity.
I got into 3D printing quite late - only January of 2016, but as a trained furniture designer, I have always had an interest in the technology.
In the past when I visited various shows and exhibitions I always thought it was too expensive to get into as a hobby, but I then came across a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo, that promised a 3D printer shipped for £230 and I thought that that wasn’t a bad offer, given that pro 3D printers were in the region of £1000, so I decided to back it. About 12 months later I received my first 3D printer - a New Matter MOD-t. It’s not the greatest printer but at the very least I could get useable objects from it, and with some involved tinkering and tweaking of settings, I'm now able to get reasonably good prints from it reasonable reliably.
After getting used to the tortuous ups and downs of 3D printing and finding that there were no more bits and bobs I could print to fix or solve problems around the house, I finally turned my skills to producing more scupltural and organic forms and solutions. This approach was more reminiscent of the furniture I enjoyed designing and making as a design graduate and post graduate.
I’m happy to showcase the work I have created which I have refined and perfected over many iterations to produce 3d models that are printable and useful.
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