iControlPad Phone Clamp

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iControlPad Phone Clamp by TrashyMG Jan 15, 2014
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- Updated: The clamp bar piece to have a slightly taller phone grip. Also fixed a minor gap causing a slight cosmetic issue with the first model.**

- Update2: the 4mm Hex head screw should be 4x10mm not 12..
- Update3: Added a 7.5" version of the phone clamp piece to allow for vertical mounting of some phones like the Samsung Galaxy series.

This is a phone clamp for the iControlPad Bluetooth game controller (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IControlPad), This is a replacement for the original universal phone clamp which was comprised of a bent piece of metal with holes at approximate phone widths and a cheap single use plastic rivet to fasten it in place. the biggest flaw of using a plastic rivet in the official phone clamp is once the pin was in, the only way to take it off was to take apart the controller and push the pin out from the inside. which made using it as a stand alone controller kind of annoying.

My design allows easy removal of the clamp as it just slides off when the tightener is loosened and you can just leave the tightener on the controller. It is much more adjustable for larger phones like the Samsung Galaxy S3/4 and possible the Notes series. You will need to open the case of icontrolpad once to fasten down the "screw based adapter" piece.

On top of the three pieces you will need to print, the following will be needed to fasten the clamp to the controller all can be found at most hardware stores. I highly recommend stainless steel for the screws and nuts.

  • 3x10mm Flat Head Machine Screw.
  • 3mm Hex Nut.
  • 4x10mm Hex head screw for the tightener
  • 4mm Hex Nut.
  • Optional super/crazy glue for tightener and the 4x10mm hex screw (if needed depending on tolerances of the 3D Print).


The pieces were designed by myself using Tinkercad.

Printed with a Printrbot Jr V2 with Aluminium heated bed using PLA @ 200C and bed at 70C.

You will need these fasteners:

  • 3x10mm Flat Head Machine Screw.
  • 3mm Hex Nut.
  • 4x10mm Hex head screw for the tightener
  • 4mm Hex Nut.
  • Optional super/crazy glue for tightener and the 4x10mm hex screw (if needed depending on tolerances of the 3D Print).

Assembly is fairly simple:
1.) You will need to open the iControlpad. Take off rubber sides, and remove the 4 screws in the back. Leave the iCP face down and lift up the back piece.
2.) Place the 4mm hex nut into the screw base adapter. This may be slightly loose, however it won't move when attached to the case.
3.) Attach the screw based adapter to the back of the iControlpad it should click in place with the existing square hole, use the 3mm flat-head screw and nut and fasten. (should be snug, not overtightened) You can now put the iControlpad back together.
4.) Slide the 4mm Hex nut into the Tightener piece, Depending on tolerance of the print you may or may not need glue here.
5.) Thread the Tightener piece into the screw base adapter and slide the clamp bar in place.

Now it's ready to attach the phone, to the iControlpad. Add a little pressure when clamping to ensure the phone doesn't slide and tighten to keep in place.

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Sorry for the old Samsung smartphone used in the picture, I normally use this with my Samsung Galaxy S4.. just can't take pictures with it and show it in the clamp.