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Kinetic iPhone Case


This iPhone case is a piece of kinetic art, printed in a single pass, no assembly required. Designer Chris Cordingley, who created it to be an analog fidget relief device, modeled it in Autodesk Maya, and printed it at Shapeways.

Says Chris:

Back in September last year I decided to use 3D printing to create some fun contraptions that don’t require any assembly.  The iPhone case seemed like a great platform to start.

So, I read up on the guidelines for Shapeways’ WSF material and began modeling and testing.  To get the gears working with this precision I had to go through a lot of trial and error.  Generally, WSF clearance guidelines are .5 mm between parts, but I was able to whittle this down in a sense.

I stained these at home to help bring out the details using Minwax Wood Finish, red mahogany 225.

You can get your own for iPhone 4 or 5 in one of two different designs at the Shapeways store.

Read more here.

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park

John Edgar Park likes to make things and tell people about it. He works at Disney Research and writes for Make and Boing Boing. He is training for American Ninja Warrior. You can find him at and twitter @johnedgarpark — if you like that sort of thing.

  • Luis E. Rodriguez
  • duann

    Wait to yo see the new one about to launch today at Shapeways!!!

  • Gaurav Bidasaria

    This piece of beauty worth the collection – hall of famer…