"Waking Up Naturally:" Using A Laser Cutter

Introduction

I have a problem. And, it's easy to fix; It just requires a bit of discipline.  The issue is that this discipline is needed precisely when I can't access it, so I decided to help myself out.

Introducing "Wake Up Naturally," a case for your iPhone that puts just a but of friction between me and my phone during the very first moments of my day. My hope is that it prevents me from immediately looking at a screen when I first wake up, and has a positive effect on the rest of my day thenceforth.

It's made entirely of Walnut wood, and uses press-fitting, instead of screws, to fasten the various pieces together. 

Design

I decided to use Walnut wood as the material, to give the piece a natural feeling. I also chose not to use screws or nails for the same reason. I like the contrast between the high tech phone and the low tech enclosure, which makes me think twice about what I'm choosing to do first thing in the morning.

Software

Using the CAD Vectorworks, I created the 2D pieces, and tested their compatability by modeling it in 3D.

 Prototype before cutting with Walnut. Press-fitting the components together proved to be the biggest challenge.

Prototype before cutting with Walnut. Press-fitting the components together proved to be the biggest challenge.

Hardware

I then transferred the components into Illustrator, which fed into a 60-Watt laser printer.

Reflection

The most difficult part of the process was the press-fitting. After several attempts on cheaper plywood, I finally got it. However, my big takeaway is to plan each component one-by-one, and make sure they work before moving onto the next. Printing the entire contraption at once disallows making adjustment without wasting time and material.

Finished Product (1.0)

Next Steps

For the next version, I'd like to think more about how the case can contrast the phone itself, and how it can accommodate phones of various sizes.