Parametric iPhone 5 dock in OpenJsCad

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Parametric iPhone 5 dock in OpenJsCad by PxT Sep 22, 2012
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This is a derivative of the OpenJSCad iPhone 4 dock, sized to fit an iPhone 5 and the lightning connector.


See the parent thing for details on how to use OpenJSCad if needed. Some minor cleanup on the hole for the connector may be needed.

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I made one and changed this:

 var frontheight = 30;


 var frontheight = 32;

almost perfect - I think 33 would be perfect.  There is only a little stain in the end of the cable. 33 and a drop of superglue and you're perfect.

The phone and connector fit nicely, but the strain relief on the lightning end of the cable needs a little more clearance at the bottom. Thinking of adding a little weight as well, so perhaps a metal base will provide clearance as well as stability...

I sacrificed a lightning cable and cut the strain relief very carefully so that I could bend the wire down into the channel.  Not sure how that will hold up long term but it is working for now.

I glued the connector in place with a few drops of superglue.

You're right, there shouldn't be too much strain in a fixed dock connection. And when you mentioned the "sacrifice" of a lightning cable, you got me thinking. I decided to take things one step further... A little careful dremel work to lengthen the locking "dimples" along the edge of the lightning connector makes it slide on and off easier for docking use. Add a few rubber feet, and it works great!