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