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LEGO iPhone5 Case Re-Imagined

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LEGO iPhone5 Case Re-Imagined by areeve20 Feb 28, 2013

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I have been having trouble removing support material from my pervious case when printed in a "flat" orientation. However, "flat" is the way to get the nicest quality case.
This is my solution. Printing in two pieces laying flat will be fastest, use the smallest amount of support material, and yield the nicest finish.


Print one of each part.

I recommend a resolution of .15mm, that will make the "lip" on the inner part three layers thick.

Glue together on the small lip. Your phone will hold the inner part in if you don't want to glue the two together.

Plus you can do a 2 color case!

UPDATE: (3/7/13) I added a small feature to try and help with the side walls where they attach to the bottom. I also made a small adjustment to the width to give it a bit more room. The updated file is IPHONE-5_Case_Re-Imagine1-bumper_v2.2.STL. I left the original files there too.

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What pitch and size did you use for the lego dots? Just printed this, and small lego parts fit, but the pitch is way too small. Should be 8mm pitch and each dot should be 4.8mm in diameter. The pitch in this part seams to be something like 7.85mm

Printed this case on a bukobot using PLA. It looked good, but didn't hold onto the iphone 5. The phone just slipped right out. I would like to increase the thickness of the sides and maybe try it with ABS. Great design though and thank you for sharing.

could you make an iphone 3 version

Looks like Belkin decided to make some money off of this idea. (I know this is a advancement of another design, but it most resembles their product.)


Could you possibly make a case that is an Ipod version?

I printed on my Replicator 2 on PLA and fits ok, just one little detail the wall on the volume bottoms are too fragile, The iPhone case company "Moshi" correct this by making the angle 30º and 1 inch long, did u have the file for make some modifications??, great work!!!

On the new bumper STL file I included your "Moshi" suggestion of a small 30 degree feature at the base of the wall. You'll have to let me know if it works out better for you.

tried printing this version out, wasn't wide enough and ultimately the side broke out, love the concept though. have you printed it and had it fit?

I have uploaded a new bumper STL file if you want to try and print that part again. It has a bit more room width-wise.

I just looked at my part file and there is a 0.2mm gap between the phone's outer edge and the case side wall, around the entire perimeter. If there is a more "printable" tolerance for your setup, that you would like me to change and upload a new model for, just let me know!

Yes, it is the case I currently have on my phone. Not sure what the problem would be besides a slightly off calibration in that axis.
Are you printing in PLA or ABS?

Is there also a version for iphone 4? Would be great to have this!

Cool solution, it also brings the abbility to mix colors for instance black bumper, red plate! :-D

Yeah! I wish I had not used all of my red ABS so that I could have done a two tone case. All I have now is this yellow.

I used my Afinia printer on these settings:

layer resolution = .15

infill = solid

raft = yes

quality(speed) = fine

I printed both parts at the same time on the 140mmx140mm build platform and it took about 3:48 to print.