iPhone 4 Tripod Mount

by TheNewHobbyist, published

iPhone 4 Tripod Mount by TheNewHobbyist Sep 19, 2011

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Over the weekend I stumbled upon this awesome Instructable by jtsubota "iPhone 4 Tripod Mount".

The parts list was short and I decided to try to pick up all the required parts after work Monday night. Unfortunately for me, my local hardware store was missing a handful of the (already short) parts list. I almost gave up and was prepared to head home empty handed when I realized I could easily modify the project using my Makerbot and make this work with what I was able to find.

Here is the parts list:
1/4 inch hex nuts
30mm suction cups

Rather than secure all the parts in place using screws like jtsubota did I modeled everything to press fit in place. The nut fits in very snuggly and the suction cups snap into place with a firm push. Once everything is attached it feels really solid. So much so that I can shake my phone by the tripod mount without fear of it disconnecting.

If my calculations are correct, I believe the cost of this project breaks down like this:

1x 1/4" nut $0.40
2x 30mm suction cups $0.59 each
~$0.50 woth of Makerbot plastic.
Right around $2 for a really solid tripod mount ready to be printed on demand. Not bad at all!

If you'd like to see more pictures of the project I've included a few more in my blog post here:


  1. Print tripod mount
  2. Press 1/4" nut and 30mm suction cups in place
  3. Attach to tripod shoe
  4. Record awesome Makerbot videos!

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nice and compact! I tackled the problem in a different way: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:11435http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

still requires a trip to the hardware store.

Phone Tripod Mount
by br3ttb

Nice! One of us just needs to get the threading down so we can print that too and eliminate the need for extra parts!

Awesome! So did you get the 30mm suction cups at your local hardware store?

I did, they had two sizes at the checkout counter. This was the smaller size. They came with metal hooks on the end for hanging so look for something like that.