iPod 4 Touch Cases

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iPod 4 Touch Cases by aubenc Jan 22, 2013
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The iPod cases I downloaded and tried where not fitting right in my son's iPod so I did this.

The patterns I used here can be downloaded in thingiverse.com/thing:33359 and thingiverse.com/thing:22568

This thing's OpenSCAD is too dirt and messy to upload it, sorry, just let me know if you would like to risk a headache and I may include it "as is".

For the logo I used a flatbed scanner and Inkscape to get a couple of DXF that are then used as shown in the OpenSCAD available for download.

Update Aug. 03 2013:
Uploaded a few test STL to allow a quick print and check and prevent having to waste time and material printing something that doesn't fit right. Thanks a lot to FherraZ for pointing this out!


Single Extruder Only:

  • iP4_case.stl
  • iP4_gCarved.stl

Dual Extruder Only:

  • iP4_gCarvedDual_Case.stl & iP4_gCarvedDual_Top.stl

Single or Dual Extruder:
(use the 1st STL for single extrusion or combine it with the 2nd STL for dual)

  • iP4_zCase.stl & iP4_zStripes.stl
  • iP4_gCase_nnn.stl & iP4_gSpots_nnn.stl

For the last ones (gCase & gSpots) "nnn" is the thickness of the lines (150 = 1.50 mm) and must be the same number for the two files being merged into one build.

Test STLs for fit check and scaling factor:
"test_edges.stl" and "test_corners.stl" may be tricky and are not "the best choice" to take measurements and determine the scaling factor. However, when using them onto a flat surface, they give a very good idea about the fit.

On my tests, "test_cap.stl" fits slightly tigh in the top of the device and slightly losse in the bottom (I just don't get why but it's like that) "test_side.stl" fits just that little bit loose however, there's no noticeable play so it's fine.

To determine the scaling factor you'll need to measure one of the test STL files, "guess" how much bigger or smaller it shoud be and use as scaling factor the result of:
(your meaurement + or - amount) / your measurement

IMO, the best measurement can be done for the outer width of the case close to the corners, the average size in a set of 12 that I've print is 62.68mm, say 62.7mm. This same measurement in the "test_cap.STL" shows a value close to 62.4mm. Good luck!

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when I downloaded a dual extrusion file only one part appears when I opened the file.

If I'm not wrong, your slicer needs two files to print a dual model, thus yes, you need to download two different STL's, one is not enough.
You may like to take a look in the "Instructions" tab in order to know which two files you need for a given model.

Hey, if you collect this item do you get all because i only want the black one. If you can get me just the black one (because its really cool) please reply and send me a link Thanks :D

You may like to click on the "Thing Files" tab and then on "iP4_zCase.stl" (I think this is the one you want).
Don't forget to upload a picture ("I Made One") if you print it!

Thanks you replied just in time, i'm in a class (im in 7th grade first year with making stuff) Thanks so much! :3

it is so cool i have one for my ipod thanks for making this

Glad you like it, thanks for the comment!

Oct 5, 2014 - Modified Oct 5, 2014

How did you print the white one? I tried printing it and when I took the pieces off of the raft, the individual pieces in the middle weren't stuck together and now I'm using scotch tape to hold it all together :(

I used a MakerBot Replicator 2, by the way, with a single extruder.

I assume (forgive me if I'm wrong) that you are printing this in PLA and quick/coarse settings/profile (layer height >= 0.30mm). I don't remember how thick I designed the top layers that should hold the "tiles" but you should get at least 2 solid layers. The extruder temperature should also be high enough to ensure that that each layer bonds well with the previous one and low enough to be able to remove the raft easily. Btw, I never use a raft. I printed mine in ABS on kapton, blue painter's tape should do the trick for PLA. Talking about materials, tolerances (for ABS) are quite small and PLA may not be flexible enough and break when inserting the iPod into this thing. I hope you can get around the issues you're finding with this and we see another "made" popping up in the makes section. Good luck and thank you for giving this thing a try!

Wow! Thank you for responding so quickly! I'm a major 3D printing newbie--your case was actually my first print!--and so I didn't even understand a lot of this. I think my main issue was that I only printed one file and didn't put both together like I was supposed to (sorry!), hence the strangeness of it all. But thank you so much for all of the great tips, I will definitely head back to the printer and reprint the case without using a raft because it is very beautiful :) I have little choice in the material because this printer is the only one the school actually lets students use for fun, but even if the iPod doesn't fit into the case, I still think it will be a pretty display! Thank you so much again for being so helpful to a newbie like me and design/print on! :D

When I tried to print this it got all bend and the 2nd time I tried it started leaking out random strings and that time it was on the right temperature. I'm not sure if it's like the case or the printer and I'm guessing it's my printer but the case is printing all sloppy and bend and it doesn't even print the zebra print! :(

Sorry to read that :(
I never had any problem, some people had others didn't...
I can identify the problems reported so far as "user related issues")
...hope you get around to print them some time!

I contacted my customer support :P I really want to print these so I hope they get back to me soon!

just wondering why does the iPod 4 touch keep slipping out of the case it is the same size
but just turns out bigger do u know why...?

aubenc - in reply to

Hey, sorry to read that.
There's a huge number of reasons why this could be happening, ranging from printer's precision to enviromental conditions, I'm afraid that I'm not going to be able to give you a concise answer.
Are you printing this in PLA? I do not recommend to do so. 9 chances on the 10 that a properly sized PLA case will break too easily because this thing needs more flexibility than PLA is able to deliver.
In order to get a right fit you may like to use the test STL files and follow the instructions.

Wow! That's cool!

Glad you like it, thanks!

Hey there, I made one but it came out a little big, the iPod just slips out, any ideas?

I just uploaded 4 new test fit STL that use much less material and print fairly quick. The instructions have also been updated to (try to) explain how to use them to scale the "real" STL and get a nice fit.

Sorry for the troubles and thanks a lot for pointing this out!!

Can you tell me the printing quality? and which 3d printed have you used for this?

Sure, I've been printing these in a Replicator Dual, I cannot remember what was the resolution used for the ones pictured here, I guess they where sliced at 0.20mm... a few days ago I printed another one at this resolution and it came out really well.

Thank you man!!!!

what material is that made of just plastic

some are made from ABS and other from PLA
both plastic :)
they can be made of whatever the material it can be 3D printed (or machined)


When I downloaded this model and opened it in Sketchup, it appeared to be enormous. The width of the case was approximately 1561 millimeters. I know that can't be right. I have no idea how that happened, but every time I re-download/re-open it doesn't change anything. Either way, the case is HUGE and I can't print it. Would you be willing to help?


Looks like your Sketchup set-up is taking mm as inches (1561/25.4 = 61.46 which is about what it should be). Unfortunately, I cannot help on how to fix that, I guess it should be easy to find the answer with a search on the internet.

Hope it helps, cheers

I had to run the model (iP4_gCase_500.stl) through Netfabb Studio for repairs, but after that it was perfect!

Oh! Sorry for the trouble. I did not notice the issue when I sliced them (ReplicatorG 0039) but I was not paying much attention neither. Mine printed flawless but now I'm little bit worried about people finding it hard to slice the STLs...

Thank you very much for the comment and the print!!