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Weighted iPhone 5 Dock

by andrewbarton, published

Weighted iPhone 5 Dock by andrewbarton Sep 24, 2012

Description

This dock is designed specifically for the iPhone 5 and its new lightning connector. This dock is taller than others in order to accommodate the lightning connector's longer stress relief.

This dock includes a chamber for weight such as BBs or lead sinkers and a cover which can be glued into place once the weight has been included.

This design is parametric, but I designed it in Alibre CAD so it might not be as easy to modify if you don't have the software.

10/17/12 update: I published a version of this dock for phones with a case: thingiverse.com/thing:32610

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I'm printing this with a .4mm nozzle, and am having some cosmetic issues with the front plate. The lightning cable hole is at an angle, and gets very close to the front wall at the bottom (only .9mm away). This forces slic3r to create a small V shaped distortion as it tries to fill in such a small gap. If you could update it by thickening the front wall by just a few fractions of a mm, I think it would increase printability.

i.imgur.com/AH6zfVv.jpg

i.imgur.com/m6AxLah.jpg
Since this is in progress, you might consider adding small tabs (or pegs) to the edge of the cover and small slots to the sides of the cover rest... then you don't need to glue it, it will just bend and snap in.
Awesome! What material was used to print it?

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Instructions

Print the dock and the cover.

I designed the cable channel to be narrower at the very bottom so you may need to clean it up with a hobby knife. Trim it so that you can just fit the cable through.

I designed the lightning connector channel to be snug. I had to clean up my channel with a round file just a little before the connector would fit through. Once the connector is in position, run the cable through the cable channel .

Fill the weight chamber with weight of your choice and apply the cover with glue.
I'm printing this with a .4mm nozzle, and am having some cosmetic issues with the front plate. The lightning cable hole is at an angle, and gets very close to the front wall at the bottom (only .9mm away). This forces slic3r to create a small V shaped distortion as it tries to fill in such a small gap. If you could update it by thickening the front wall by just a few fractions of a mm, I think it would increase printability.

i.imgur.com/AH6zfVv.jpg

i.imgur.com/m6AxLah.jpg
Since this is in progress, you might consider adding small tabs (or pegs) to the edge of the cover and small slots to the sides of the cover rest... then you don't need to glue it, it will just bend and snap in.
Awesome! What material was used to print it?
Hey, nice idea. Would you mind releasing a version for iPhones with Back Cover so the iphone would fit in even when my back cover (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:30973 ) is attached? :-)

That'll be great. Unfortunately i don't have alibre cad (and additionally it's not available for Mac OSX).
Yes, this is in my plans and is one of the reason I got into printing my own docks. The standard docks never worked with cases. I have a case on order and when I receive it, I will create a version that works with it. 

Your link above is not working, so I don't know which case you intend to use. I plan to use this one: http://www.speckproducts.com/pixelskin-hd-for-iphone-5.html

If you are interested in modifying my design yourself Alibre does offer a free 30 day trial of their app.
the bracket at the end made the link not working. works now - i've designed that myself so you'll also find it in my profile.
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