What if Motorola made a cellphone in 1940? It might look like this.
This project was featured in the April/May 2017 (#56) issue of Make Magazine. The full build tutorial is available at hackster.io
- 0.5 inch CNC milled walnut case, top and bottom
- laser-cut acrylic back-lit bezels for speaker and microphone
- Adafruit Feather Fona
- Adafruit OLED SSD1336 display
- Adafruit telephone style keyboard
- LiPo Battery
- On-off switch
- Back Nameplate
Files necessary to create the case and acrylics are included here.
CorelDraw and VCarve
I used CorelDraw for the basic drawing design and Aspire VCarve for CNC Milling. Some of the elements in the design drawings are for laser-cut acrylics. The case itself is milled out of 0.5 inch black walnut.
Fabrication was at the now-gone TechShop San Francisco. I used a Universal Laser for cutting acrylic decorations for bezels and etching art on the front of the walnut case. A ShopBot Buddy CNC machine was used for milling the case.
Since I only had a free trial version of Aspire VCarve, I couldn't save the toolpaths for cutting. I did several versions of prototypes in CorelDraw, then imported into VCarve Trial. Then, I would take those files to TechShop, where there was a VCarve Pro Edition that could save toolpaths. I had to enter the toolpaths into a new VCarve Pro file each time I made significant changes.