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iPhone5 Dovetail Case

by david49152, published

iPhone5 Dovetail Case by david49152 Mar 8, 2013

Description

For an iPhone4 version, go here: thingiverse.com/thing:65553
For an iPod Touch Gen4 version, go here: thingiverse.com/thing:68536

It's a case for an iPhone5. There are many important differences between this case and others on Thingiverse. The most sensitive part of an iPhone is the edge of the glass. (The face of the glass is also sensitive, but we can't cover that!) Other cases do not offer much protection for the edge of the glass. Also other cases have a sloppy fit. This case solves both problems.

This case is made from two halves that slide onto the phone and snap together. When it snaps together, there is a strangely satisfying click! The two halves fit together very tightly, and will not accidentally come loose.

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Thanks for the help! Re calibrated the makerbot and printing again. Hope this one fits well on my iPhone!
Well, the instructions also said that some filing/sanding may be required on the dovetail joint. Before putting the case on the phone, test-fit it. You might need to hold it up to the light and see where the joint needs filing/sanding. The dovetail should be snug, but obviously not so tight it breaks when you take it apart.

In general, the farther a printer is out of adjustment the worse the fit will be. In your case, you probably have the filament diameter set to something smaller than what it actually is. This will cause the printer to extrude more filament than intended, causing things like the dovetail joints to be too big to fit together. But there is enough variation in filament diameter during a print that you will likely always have to file things down at least a little bit.
My case was super tight, could not fully snap together and got stuck on my phone so i had to break it off. Please help. I am using a replicator 2 with the settings you have suggested. Thanks

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Instructions

Print both halves separately. Because the surface finish is super important for a good looking case, use the highest resolution settings and slow down the speed. Having the filament diameter dialed in is also important.

Do not use rafts or supports. This is designed with "mouse ears" included in the STL.

After printing, some minor filing/sanding might be required on the dovetail joint. Also, break off the built-in "mouse ears" and file/sand down the spot where they broke off. The amount of filing/sanding should be minimal. It takes me about 2 minutes to do this step.

I printed this on a Replicator 2 in PLA with ReplicatorG/Skeinforge. My settings were:
Layer Height: 0.1
Infill: 100%
Shells: 0
Feedrate: 40
Travel Feedrate: 75

Remember to get your temperature and filament diameter set appropriately for your filament.

On my Replicator 2 it took about 3-3.5 hours for each half. About 6.5 to 7 hours total.

Taking the case off of the phone can be tricky the first time you do it. What you do is pry up two of the dovetails on the same side with shim-like things. They don't need to be raised very much, just so they clear the case back. With the shims in place, just pull the halves apart. Make sure that your pry-bar/shim will not scratch the iPhone. I have used things like bamboo skewers, saxophone reeds, and nylon zip-ties for this task.

I have included the Solidworks file for this design, so people can modify it. There are two elements in the design called "Top Cutoff" and "Bottom Cutoff". Use the suppress/unsuppress functions to basically select which half of the case is "active", then save the STL file for that half.
My case was super tight, could not fully snap together and got stuck on my phone so i had to break it off. Please help. I am using a replicator 2 with the settings you have suggested. Thanks

3 days ago - Modified 3 days ago
david49152 - in reply to Nickolai67
Well, the instructions also said that some filing/sanding may be required on the dovetail joint. Before putting the case on the phone, test-fit it. You might need to hold it up to the light and see where the joint needs filing/sanding. The dovetail should be snug, but obviously not so tight it breaks when you take it apart.

In general, the farther a printer is out of adjustment the worse the fit will be. In your case, you probably have the filament diameter set to something smaller than what it actually is. This will cause the printer to extrude more filament than intended, causing things like the dovetail joints to be too big to fit together. But there is enough variation in filament diameter during a print that you will likely always have to file things down at least a little bit.
Thanks for the help! Re calibrated the makerbot and printing again. Hope this one fits well on my iPhone!
Can you post a file format that I can mod using Sketchup, can't import .sldprt or .stl? BTW I printed one and it looks/works great. I'll post a pic.
I'm glad you like it! As for Sketchup, I can't post a file since the CAD software that I am using doesn't output anything that Sketchup accepts-- or at least that I know of. Sketchup doesn't play nice with many things. I tried Sketchup about 15 months ago and gave up on it since doing objects like this iPhone case was difficult. Not impossible, just difficult and frustrating. Sorry.
how to you change to your resolution when using repetier host
Sorry, but I don't use or know Repetier. Also, this isn't the right place for that discussion anyway,
Should these print vertical or flat on their back?
It is designed to print vertical, with the disk-like things (a.k.a. mouse ears) flat on the build platform. After printing, the mouse ears break off.
This is the best case out there IMO. I don't have an IPhone 5 but I have a IPhone 4. I would greatly appreciate it is someone with Solidworks converted this to an IPhone 4.
I have made an iPhone4 version! thingiverse.com/thing:65553
I have made an iPhone4 version! thingiverse.com/thing:65553
I have made an iPhone4 version! thingiverse.com/thing:65553
I have made an iPhone4 version! thingiverse.com/thing:65553
I have made an iPhone4 version! thingiverse.com/thing:65553
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