Over the weekend I stumbled upon this awesome Instructable by jtsubota “iPhone 4 Tripod Mount“. The parts list was short and I decided to try to pick up all the required parts after work Monday night. Unfortunately for me, my local hardware store was missing a handful of the (already short) parts list. I almost gave up and was prepared to head home empty handed when I realized I could easily modify the project using my Makerbot and make this work with what I was able to find.
I started by picking up just the bare necessities:
- 1/4 inch hex nuts
- 30mm suction cups
When I got home I opened up my modeling software of choice Google Sketchup and got to work replicating the basic design I found on Instructables. Rather than secure all the parts in place using screws like jtsubota did I modeled everything to press fit in place. The nut fits in very snuggly and the suction cups snap into place with a firm push. Once everything is attached it feels really solid. So much so that I can shake my phone by the tripod mount without fear of it disconnecting.
If my calculations are correct, I believe the cost of this project breaks down like this:
- 1x 1/4″ nut $0.40
- 2x 30mm suction cups $0.59 each
- ~$0.50 woth of Makerbot plastic.
Right around $2 for a really solid tripod mount ready to be printed on demand. Not bad at all!