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LEGO iPhone5 Case

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LEGO iPhone5 Case by areeve20 Feb 11, 2013

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Just a fun little case.

I often use my phone to watch movies while traveling, but I always have to hold it or prop it up on something. With this lego case, all you need is to throw a few legos in your bag and you're set.

Experiment with placement and number of legos to battle glare. Who knows what other useful possibilities you may come up with for this case.


Snap in your phone.
Snap on the LEGOS.


A note on printing: I have found that it is easiest to print on it's side with the volume cutout on the top (as it is in the last pic I have uploaded). It is quite difficult to remove the support from in between the "nubs"( if printed "nubs down") so the legos fit flat and snug. It's also difficult to completely remove support from the entire inside surface (if printed "nubs up"), at least for me it was.
Let me know if you have success or failure in different orientations.

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when i try printing this it screwed up because of the lego notches. any ideas

What exactly got screwed up? Personally I always have a much easier time printing my re-imagined version (http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:55732)http://www.thingiverse.com/thi.... You just have to print it in 2 parts and stick them together.

Do you have any information on the design of the lego blocks? I have a phone case that I would like to add lego-ness. What are the measurements you used?

can you make one to fit on an ipod touch

I printed this case on a Bukobot using PLA lego side up with supports. Unfortunately, it was all support and no solid sides printed. I will try again lego side down and on it's side. I was trying to avoid pulling off supports from in between the lego bits...

Pulling the supports from between the bits is not fun. My successful print was on its side like in the last picture. You may want to try my "re-imagined" version which I made as 2 parts to avoid this problem. Either way, let me know how it goes.

Have you tried printing this case using Replicator 2? If yes, what were the settings? Thanks

My friend has. I will find out from him and let you know what he used.

Well, you can find it in the dark... when you step on it

How much material is used?

I think its about 13g not including support.

How long did this printing take? Was that a Replicator 2 (or a 2X ?) that you used?
(Excuse my english, i'm from Belgium ^^)

I am just about to try another with different settings and orientation that has an estimated build time of 2hrs and 3min. I'll let you know how it goes.

It did not go well :( I tried to print with the lego "nubs" facing down, but I am having a hard time removing the support from in between. So the legos do not sit flush. I will keep on experimenting.

Thanks for your replies! :)
I'm looking for a printer that could create "standard" smartphone cases in less than an hour. Do you think that Replicator 2 (or 2X) could make this?

I believe that the Replicator 2 could bake this case, but I think it would take well over an hour. Hopefully someone with one of those printers will try and make it, and you will get a definitive answer.

Thanks again! :) Keep up the good work ;-)
With kind & belgian regards!

I have a clone of a replicator 2 and this would probably take about 2 and a half hours without support judging by size. If you don't yet have a printer I advise you, or anyone, to get a single extruder printer. Dual extrusion sounds cool, but in reality it just knocks the print off the bed.


I actually printed on an Afinia H-Series printer. If I recall, it took about 6hrs. My Afinia settings were:

Z resolution = .15mm
solid fill
raft base = 2mm

quality = fine ( I don't know how this translates to mm/s)

If you look at the last image to the right you will see the orientation I used. I was having trouble completely removing the support when I printed it flat, even though it printed in significantly less time.

Can you make one for iphone 4 please?

Sure, I can give it a go.
I don't have a iPhone 4 to print it out and test it on, but I will let you know when I get the dimensions and finish the model.

thanks you so much! maybe you can get the dimension from the other iphone 4 cases here?

So simple but awsome!

hmmm car mount attachment, attachable headphone case, attachable cable case, stick it to the side of your computer or monitor. hmmmm simple and elegance at the same time. not to mention just someplace to put the random legos that you carry with you.

It seems very very cool!!! Is it printed with PLA?And if just printing on the board directly,how to take the case off the board?I print usurally some 3M band glued on the board.

I printed it with ABS. I have recently been printing on a piece of borosilicate glass with a thin layer of ABS painted on. The object sticks really well (no curling) and I use a thin metal putty knife to remove it. I always use raft, I have yet to print directly to the board. Ill have to try it!

oh god, its so simple and so fucking awesome at the same time!
Can you make one for Samsung Galaxy S3?

Thank you!

I'm sure it would be pretty simple to make one for a Samsung Galaxy S3, I just need to research dimensions or find a model to base it off.

Awesome idea!


Yes. I printed it laying on its side so there was support on the inside for the opposite edge overhang and on the outside for the little nubs. I added an image of the "in progress" case with support.

Picture is not working. I'll figure it out.

Did you use support when you print this?