Rotating Car iPod Stand
by CDavis, published
NOTE: This is a work in progress. While these parts are all technically printable without support, some are too large to currently fit on the Makerbot's 4X4 build platform. I plan on eventually redesigning the front slider plate and rotator plate to accommodate these current build size limitations.
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The 1st revision of the rotator squeeze tabs works, but only if you file down the teeth enough to let them squeeze into the hole of the pivot block.
I have uploaded the 2nd revision, which has this part in the filed-down state. The entire assembly works as intended. Hooray! :-D
I have now uploaded the third revision parts, for your downloading pleasure. The pivot block, rotator plate, and stand have all been updated. I have also introduced a new part: Rotator Squeeze Tabs. This new part has significant strength improvement over the previous design (it prints in an orientation that allows for greater bending flexibility and prevents brittle fractures).
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Print the pivot block with its squeeze tab hole facing up.
Print the rotator plate with the back surface facing down.
Print the rotator squeeze tab with either flat face facing down (should look like an H letter from above).
Print the stand with the front surface facing down. It should look like a U from above.
Apply velcro or adhesive to the bottom of the stand. If using velcro, apply the hooks to the car dash and the hoops to the stand.
Lay the stand down on a stable surface (should look like a U from above. Carefully (watching out for pinch points) press the pivot block in between the prongs of the stand, aligning the large conical holes of the pivot block with the large cones of the stand. This may require a LOT of force, as the stand prongs were designed to be very sturdy. Pivot the pivot block until the smaller cones lock into any of the smaller conical holes on the pivot block.
Press the rear end of the rotator squeeze tabs into the pivot block. Then press the front end of the rotator squeeze tabs into the grooved hole of the rotator plate.
Place your iPod in the rotator plate.
Slide the front slider plate onto the rotator plate, securing the iPod in place.
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