Our task this week is to build something out of cardboard. I want to build a luggage compartment cover for the new FiT but have no had time to dive into that. I will get to that after this quick build and share out.
What to build?
I found this neat iPhone holder and thought it would be a good prototype to start me thinking about the cell phone holder I want/ need for the car.
Here is the template which is available at http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/iPhone/feature.asp?c=11224
We need some cardboard to start. That is May in the background and she decided that chewing up a cardboard box was a good thing to do. So we have some raw material
Next we trace out and cutout the pattern
And add a phone
Notice the little notches for charging cables
Well that went pretty well. Cutting out the small tab notches was a real challenge. I ended up using the razor knife and just hacking away. Maybe a much small chisel or dermal cutting blade would have worked better.
I also cut down the small flat piece that connects everything to make it narrower and flatten the tilt of the holder.
What did I learn? It is not as easy as it seems to cut small things and notches. I also learned that modification is needed in this case. I would use a different cardboard with a tighter construction for the small cross piece.
I think that as a prototyping medium cardboard is great and I will certain be hacking this to create my car cell phone mount. Instructors of younger students may need to get creative when providing cutting tools or perhaps figure out a away to punch out pre-scored parts. There is an idea – how to create easy to use effective safe punch type tools for cardboard.