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Rotating Car iPod Stand

by CDavis, published

Rotating Car iPod Stand by CDavis Apr 24, 2011


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Using velcro or adhesive under the stand, you can stick this iPod stand to your car dashboard. The pivot block tilts up or down, accommodating sloped dashboards. You can turn the rotator plate to switch between portrait and landscape orientations for your iPod.

NOTE: This is a work in progress. While these parts are all technically printable without support, some are too large to currently fit on the Makerbot's 4X4 build platform. I plan on eventually redesigning the front slider plate and rotator plate to accommodate these current build size limitations.


Print the front slider plate with the chamfered side down and the grooved side facing up.
Print the pivot block with its squeeze tab hole facing up.
Print the rotator plate with the back surface facing down.
Print the rotator squeeze tab with either flat face facing down (should look like an H letter from above).
Print the stand with the front surface facing down. It should look like a U from above.

Apply velcro or adhesive to the bottom of the stand. If using velcro, apply the hooks to the car dash and the hoops to the stand.

Lay the stand down on a stable surface (should look like a U from above. Carefully (watching out for pinch points) press the pivot block in between the prongs of the stand, aligning the large conical holes of the pivot block with the large cones of the stand. This may require a LOT of force, as the stand prongs were designed to be very sturdy. Pivot the pivot block until the smaller cones lock into any of the smaller conical holes on the pivot block.

Press the rear end of the rotator squeeze tabs into the pivot block. Then press the front end of the rotator squeeze tabs into the grooved hole of the rotator plate.

Place your iPod in the rotator plate.

Slide the front slider plate onto the rotator plate, securing the iPod in place.

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The 1st revision of the rotator squeeze tabs works, but only if you file down the teeth enough to let them squeeze into the hole of the pivot block.

I have uploaded the 2nd revision, which has this part in the filed-down state. The entire assembly works as intended. Hooray! :-D

I have now uploaded the third revision parts, for your downloading pleasure. The pivot block, rotator plate, and stand have all been updated. I have also introduced a new part: Rotator Squeeze Tabs. This new part has significant strength improvement over the previous design (it prints in an orientation that allows for greater bending flexibility and prevents brittle fractures).

Happy printing!

I'm in the process of printing out the files on a huge 3D printer, so we'll know soon how well it works.

I have noticed however that there is a small overhang for the rotator plate that may cause build issues for supportless printing. I'll know when the part finishes tomorrow.

The overhang turned out not to be an issue. However, the small dimples/cones that lock the pivot block's tilt need to be made larger. I'll change that, and release the files shortly.

I have adjusted the size of the dimples/cones, and also added in chamfers to the stand for aesthetics and safety. The new files have replaced the old.

Please get a flattr account so I can flattr you...

I can't really accept micropayments for this work, if that's what you mean. I do however accept praise and admiration. :)

Under the terms of the license agreement, you are free to modify the design as you see fit, provided that you give me credit. This still holds true should I decide to upload the original design file.

Also please add your design files. I really like your pivot block and I'd like to modify it for a project I'm working on...

My design files use SolidWorks. I modeled everything initially as a multibody part, then split the bodies up into separate part files. Unfortunately, this approach makes it rather difficult to modify that pivot block as an individual part, since it references the original part file. If you want, I can upload the original part.

Looks good.

If it's too large for a Makerbot...well...there are lots of other printer models out there.

Oh this is cool!! Thank you!