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