Phone Stand & Headphone Wrap (Laser Cut and Living Hinges)

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Phone Stand & Headphone Wrap (Laser Cut and Living Hinges) by OxyJin May 13, 2012


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What you see here is the result of a lot of trials and errors. I wanted to make a phone stand using "living hinges." The living hinges allow a single piece of rigid material to bend.

The phone stand is cut out of thin 1/8" mfd board using a laser cutter. It is the size of a credit card so it will fit in your wallet. You can also use it as a headphone wrap. The stand has adjustable angles and supports both landscape and portrait orientations. The stand is perfect for video chatting and watching movies.

While the living hinges give rigid materials flexibility, the hinges will break if over-stressed. The stand's two back support hinges can bend up to about 110 degrees and the front short "phone bracket" can bend 160 degrees.

The stand is made using a laser cutter. Laser cutter+ wood=burnt wood. While each stand is given a bubble bath, it will still have a bit of smell to it. The smell is not offensive. Some people
even find the smell pleasant.


Step 1: Get access to laser cutter ( I used 40W laser cutter. Speed=55, power=90. Do some test cuts)
Step 2: Download the the dxf file.
Step 3: (Optional) Be creative! Add some graphics/cutouts to your design.
Step 4: Laser cut it.
Step 4: (Optional) Clean it with a brush using white vinegar and air dry it.

FYI: Do not use this design on acrylic. The kerf is different for different materials. You will probably have to modify this design to have it work on acrylic.

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Whats the scale of this file. wherever i open this its give me something tiny

I had the same problems as M7MDz - the lines were too thick and burned the area all around the "hinges" no matter what setting I used that could but through. Looks cool though.

Thank you for sharing : )

I made one but the laser cutter burned some of the bottom live hinge, I was cutting at 60%, 40W, then I moved gradually till 35% 40W speed 50, still burning ...
I'll try today to make some changes on these parameters to get unburned one ...

Thanks for sharing, DaveTavres there are many online converters from DXG to PDF if you need. I used one but ultimately brought it into Visio to manipulate it a little.

My only change was to how the backstop worked, I made the notch wider so it wouldn't slip through the hole.

Any chance you can save this as .cdr and/or .pdf format? I don't have AutoCad and can't import it into CorelDRAW X6.

Thanks so much!

what software did you use to create the svg for this design