Laser-cut iPhone/iPod Dock

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Laser-cut iPhone/iPod Dock by todbot Jul 15, 2009

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Here is a simple dock made from acrylic, machine screws, and an existing iPhone/iPod cable.

It is made of four slices of 1/4″ acrylic (actual width 0.22″). The top two slices have an oval opening just snug enough to fit the ipod connector and keep it in place with friction. The third slice has a channel for the cable to escape out the back, and the bottom slice keeps the cable from falling out and provides some pushback when the iphone is inserted. It’s held together by four 1″ 2-56 machine screws with nuts. I was a little concerned with the nuts scratching the table, so I’ve since added little hot glue feet to the bottom of each nut.

I didn’t add an additional layer at the top to provide lateral support of the iphone because I didn’t have long enough screws. And besides, it doesn’t seem to need it. If I get longer screws, I might make one that has the extra layer, which would also make the dock bigger, to encompass the bottom of the iPhone. And that would be good because it adds more mass to the dock, making it more stable.

Also, see: http://todbot.com/blog/2009/07/15/quickie-laser-cut-iphoneipod-dock/


  • Laser cut the pattern in the .svg (or .eps or .cdr) file.
  • Push iPod cable into top two slices, friction-fitting them in.
  • Attach cable channel slice, running cable out the back.
  • Add bottom slice, then use 1" 2-56 machine screws & nuts to secure it all.

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This... might just be the single most beautiful piece of simplistic design I have seen on this site. Good show, good show indeed.

now I want a laser cutter too... dammit.

I can't get my epilog mini to print this. I use inkscape winxp to view the SVG file, delete the text, and print directly to my laser printer. When I press the "go" button, it just beeps and says done. I've also tried to print to PDF, then print PDF to laser, same thing. I've downloaded other things from here and successfully printed (planetary gear business card). I'm always on vector cut, and I've tried many different power/speed settings. I've even tried copying the items to a brand new SVG file, as well as changing the color and width of the lines. All have the same behavior on the epilog.

Anyone have any suggestions on what else to try?

looks really good, but i see the bulk of a twist or pull still placing stress on the joint where it connects, perhaps a few more stacks to allow the phone to be held in instead of being held on by the connector, i know of a few friends that would like that, ive been just too lazy to make em docks, since i dont have one of em.

I made a birch plywood one. My bolts were too short, so I lost yet another layer to fit. Still seems to work very nicely!

Sweet! Nice work.


love it. just printed one on my makerbot but it needs another iteration before it officially goes on thingiverse. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/3726145722/http://www.flickr.com/photos/2...
(hopefully this doesn't double post)

Really cool man it looks really crisp