Project by Jeremy Fryer-Biggs
We wanted to show off the range of the materials the microfactory is capable of milling in and thought - what better way to do it than by making an attractive walnut and aluminum phone dock. We love the way wood and metal look together and totally dig how weighting the base makes the dock feel more substantial. In this post we'll walk you through the process of making one on the microfactory.
You will need a 1/8th downcutting bit for milling the walnut top and a 1/4in ball endmill for milling out the aluminum base.
first we CADed up the basic dock, figuring out the size of the hole for the phone and holes for the chord (to my knowledge Apple dock plugs are not commercially available independent of the cable)
then we imported the part files to CamBam and generated tool paths
next we routed out the wooden top and glued the 4 layers together
(see a short video of the microfactory routing the walnut)
Followed by the aluminum bottom
(see a short video of the microfactory milling the aluminum)
then we hand sanded the top, cut/fed the chord through, resoldered it together
and heat shrinked the outside so that the cable looked clean
finally we hot glued the power chord into place and screwed the aluminum base on
And voila a beautiful working tabletop phone dock!
Rachel Tine - for doing the cool photography
Whitson Gordon (Life Hacker) - for the dock-making inspiration
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