Acoustabowl: From Idea to Reality

Michael Williams, Shapeways forum moderator, had an idea one day…

It started one slow day at work. I wanted to sit my phone in a way that I could see the screen, charge it, and listen to a podcast. I set it up against my scanner, and the charger would make it fall over. When I put the phone in a cup I instantly noticed the sound being amplified. I could see the screen, hear the phone, and charge it! But I could not touch the screen as practically half the phone was in the cup. So I looked for something I could put my phone in that would solve this. I put it in a bowl, and was instantly sold. 

shapeways bowl

So I decided to prototype my design using 123D Make. I tried some different versions and even made a paper model. I ended up making one out of cardboard using the stacked slices option. This option will make a fully solid model. So you will have more pieces to cut, but if you are using scissors as I was, it will make it so you do not have interlocking pieces that would be hard to cut out. After a few hours of cutting the paper, tracing onto the cardboard, cutting the cardboard, and hot gluing the cardboard, I had my prototype! 

It worked great! With my prototype I noticed I was not able to hook up my charger while it was in the Acoustabowl. So I raised up the stand, and moved it out so that it would still hold phones leaning back and would now be able to hook up a charger.

I 3D modelled two versions for two different materials and ordered in Glossy Black Ceramic and Polished Alumide. Now I have 2 sweet phone stands for smooth music listening! 

Check out the video to see the prototype progression and hear the Acoustabowl in action…and get one for yourself in his Shapeways Shop!

2 comments

  1. Bidouille

    Hey, great trick and nice usage of 3d printing.
    Just love it !
    Can I feature it on my french website ?

  2. Youknowwho4eva

    Hey Bidouille, I tried to email you but don’t know if you got it. I’d love the Acoustabowl to be featured! email me at michael@shapeways.com to let me know what your thinking, and let me know if you need any more info.

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