How to make a do-it-yourself phone holder

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Many of us like to make something. For example, in childhood, I loved to burn wood and fold origami. And, judging by the activity in the “DIY” hub, many users of the habr like to create something.

The other day, I visited my girlfriend, a designer, and found her doing something interesting. She made a holder for a mobile phone OWN HANDS. Moreover, it turned out to be a very exciting experience! I asked her for a “master class”, and after that I decided to share my impressions with you. To make our own holder, we needed simple materials that can be bought at the nearest office supply or just found at home. The only “BUT” is polycaprolactone (yes, don’t worry. I also couldn’t read it the first time). In order not to break tongues and fingers, we will call it simply “thermoplastic”. In addition to pronouncing the name with him, there were no particular difficulties, because it can be purchased at any hardware store or in a creative store (in this article you can learn more about polycapro ..., in general, learn about thermoplastics).



To create a holder, we need:

3. A deep container in which we will pour boiling water;
4. Thermoplastics;
5. Office knife;
6. Scissors;
7. Ruler;
8. Any metal object for stirring molten thermoplastics (We used a dental spatula);
9.Knife for artwork;
11. Ruler;
12. Compass;
15. Bad paper;
16. Cutting board (preferably new);
17. Metal can.


Training. How to cut stencils:


We need to measure the dimensions of the phone (the height can be selected by eye, it is not necessary to make a holder in the entire length of the device).
Then you need to make a drawing of the appropriate stencils on paper and cut with scissors. Next, cut off the upper part and the bottom of the metal can with a clerical knife and cut it lengthwise. We lay out paper stencils on the resulting metal base and now we cut out metal stencils with an office knife.

How to:

1. Pour thermoplastic balls with hot water (water temperature should be at least 60 degrees);


2. Gently mix the granules in the container until they are homogeneous;


3. A little knead in the hands (thermoplastic should become a little harder);


4. Lay out on any solid base, lay out and roll out so that it becomes dense (in general, thermoplastic with its consistency is very similar to plasticine);
5. Put the stencils on the resulting base and circle them;


6. Cut parts (thickness ~ 4 mm);


7. Now, in order to glue the resulting elements, you need to partially lower them again in hot water (places for bonding must be kept in water until they become transparent);


The following steps are extremely simple, so I decided that it makes no sense to illustrate them:

8. Until the fold has hardened, we adjust the holder to the size of the phone;
9. Again we dip the holder on all sides in boiling water and level it on a hard surface (for example, a kitchen board);
10. Cut off excess plastic with a knife;
11. Once again dip the holder into the water and smooth out the remaining bumps with your fingers;
12. Process with sandpaper, in order to finally get rid of bumps.


* It is better not to wait for the full boiling of water. If the thermoplastic is very hot, it will become too ductile.
* Each time it is necessary to check that that part of the plastic with which you work has become transparent FULL.
* If thermoplastic cools and hardens, you need to lower it into hot water so that it becomes plastic again.
* At each remelting, the water temperature should be higher than before.
* Be careful when gluing shapes. Do not forget that you are working with boiling water.
* To make it easier to align bumps on bends, you should first cut a number of small parts from plastic. To do this, completely melt a small part and cover up uneven places with it.
* The main surface can be leveled by pressing it to a solid plane.
* Always try to avoid water residues on those parts that are already ready.


Of course, this is not a five-minute lesson, but I had a great time on the day off. Instead of Sunday procrastination, I did something fascinating and even useful. Now this holder has become an indispensable thing in my car. Finally, my phone does not hang around the cabin. I am sure that every interested Khabrovsk citizen will come up with his interesting application to polycaprolactone. If someone has already worked with this material, I suggest sharing their creations in the comments. Here is the result of our efforts:


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