Quickie Laser-cut iPhone/iPod Dock

I recently got a case for my iPhone and it’s the kind that precludes the use of the dock. I kind of like the dock concept, but instead of taking a Dremel to the existing dock, I spent a few minutes drawing up a replacement that could be cut from acrylic scraps on the laser cutter. Here’s the result: (click for higher-res)



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.

If you want to try making one yourself, here are the files:


Also available on the wonderful Thingiverse

25 Replies to “Quickie Laser-cut iPhone/iPod Dock”

  1. Hi Pascal,

    You can send the design to Shapeways or Ponoko and they’ll make you a copy of what is presented here.
    As for the changes you mention (LED, etc.), that’s kind of complex actually, because then you need to make a custom cable to intercept the charging information.

  2. Hey, I like the look of these.. Could you make me some? What I’d like, is to add a small colour changing LED underneath so that it can phase through a coulour change when plugged in.. i also need to encompass a jack connector too and possibly a USB port.

    The dock itself needs to measure no more than about 1.5 inches wide by say 2.5 inches long and will sit flush inside a granite table top so that the whole thing is flush with the top and the iphone can easily be inserted and will stand up on it’s own at a slight angle.

    I’ll also need a small clear acrylic plug to cover the holes when there is no device attached. The cover / plug will be attached to the dock via a flexible tie and flip open via a small nick in the edge to enable someone to flip it open with a finger nail.. Do you think you can build me something like this? I need 3 for iphone 4 and 3 for iphone 5 and a couple for ipad.

    email me if you can – pascal@pascalphoto.co.uk

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