3D printing: iPhone5 adapter for the ElevationDock – Updated

Many months ago I backed the ElevationDock kickstarter project. It promised to deliver the iPhone Dock which Apple should have done. Originally it was scheduled to be shipped in April, but as with so many Kickstarter projects the actual shipping date was “slightly” delayed.

I received mine on the 20th September. Meaning the day before the iPhone5 launched. Since Apple changed the Dock connector to the new Lightning connector, the Elevation dock was basically useless as soon as you upgrade to an iPhone5.

Elevationlabs annouced several weeks ago that they are looking into providing an adapter supporting teh iPhone5, but they haven’t provided a firm date yet.

3D printing to the rescue. Within an hour I had a small adapter designed using TinkerCAD which allows you to “mount” your USB-Lightning cable into the ElevationDock.

It is not perfect, but it does the trick and and I am now using the iPhone5 in the ElevationDock.

If you have a 3D printer, you can find the STL file at Thingiverse.

I do have a second, slightly modified design of the adapter which allows you to use it with the MicroUSB-Lightning adapter.

Update 16/oct/2012:

I have received a high number of questions, through the comments on this page or through direct Email. The most popular question is if I do sell these adapters.
When I created the adapter, it was mainly for my own personal use, and I released it on Thingiverse for other people to be able to pick up the design and create them for themselves.
But clearly, 3D printers are still something rather rare, and only a small percentage of people have access to one. In addition, I do not think that there is any more precise date of when ElevationLabs will release a proper adapter for the Elevation Docks. The last thing I heard was that there it will be available in 40-60 days.

So where do we go from here?
Well, I did contact a number of people a while ago, and offered them the adapter for the cost of shipping.  But this was at the very beginning, when I only had a couple of requests. I have actually shipped those adapters last week, but since all of the recipients are based in the US, while I am based in the UK, I do not expect them to arrive before the end of this week.
Once I have received feedback from them, especially, if they managed to install it on their own and are happy with the outcome, I might offer a similar deal for very low cost, mainly covering my time, printing and shipping costs.

Oh yes, I have been using the adapter in two of my docks since nearly 3 weeks now, and I am still very happy with the outcome. It is not as “nice” as the modified 30 pin connector which is supplied with the Elevation Dock, as that one is allows for nearly friction less docking of the phone. The Lightning connector itself, as those who have an iPhone5 know, is not friction less, but still, docking and un-docking of the phone works nicely.

:ast but not least, there is the version of the Adpater for the MicroUSB-Lighting adapter  Due to the size of the adapter, one needs to find a very flat angled MicroUSB connector to be used. I have tried several so far, but in every case the overall hight of the combined connector is too high. If I find a better MicroUSB connector, I will give it another try, but so far, I have not had success.



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31 Responses to 3D printing: iPhone5 adapter for the ElevationDock – Updated

  1. Marianne says:

    You should upload this design to Shapeways.com and make it available for purchase. I’d buy one for my Elevation Dock!

  2. Matt says:

    I don’t have access to a printer, but I do have some cash to send your way. How much?

  3. Craig says:

    I would love to send some money your way. I have 5 Elevation Docks that need the “adaptation” to the Lightning adapter. Any way to make it sit further down in the dock?

    It looks good!

  4. Alex says:

    I’m in the same boat as Matt, anything we can do to get a hold of an adapter through you?

  5. Caro says:

    Nice work.

    As Marianne says — if you could upload this to Shapeways many of us would be very grateful.

  6. mike says:

    Thanks for the comments. I have been in touch with most people who have contacted me and will provide those who want them one of the adapters. I expect to ship them out next week.

  7. Genady says:

    Very nice,

    How can I get it if I don’t have 3D printer?

    Can you sell me 1-2 of this?

  8. David S. says:

    Hi, would love to purchase 3 of your adapters with instructions. If you provide contact info, I would be glad to send you funds via PayPal.

    Please contact me.

  9. Luke Abell says:

    Any chance I could get one too?

  10. Kelvin Tong says:

    Great work on this…I really would love one of this since I only received my dock today and I have been using my iPhone 5 for 2 weeks now. Let me know if there is a way for me to get it since I am from Singapore. Thanks.

  11. Rich says:


    I just came across this post and am also in the same boat as most of the other commenters. I’m located in the UK and so I’m not sure if you’d be able to post an adapter or if it’d be too expensive to ship? I’d obviously be more than happy to pay for the insert via PayPal or similar.


  12. Roger Dalal says:

    Please count me in as one of those who would gladly pay for this part!

  13. Remy says:

    I’m willing to pay as well, shoot me an email. Thanks

  14. Don Z says:

    Count me as one who would like to purchase an adapter as well! Let me know please!


    Don Z

  15. Michael says:

    I’m interested in this as well. How much are you pricing it at including shipping? Thanks in advance.

  16. Chris Lyle says:

    I have 3 Elevation dock…I will buy 3!! Can you tell me how I can accomplish this and I will send the money your way asap. I can’t wait for the world to catch up when I have 3 perfectly good docks to use. Thanks! and…Great Work!

  17. Matt says:

    I will also get in line for an adapter.

    THIS is why 3D printing is amazing.

  18. Harold says:

    Hi Mike,

    Do you have the STL for the micro USB adapter too?
    Would love to get that one printed 🙂



  19. joshua says:

    hey there… would love to buy a couple of these adapters if you’re selling!

  20. mike says:

    I will upload the stl file for the MicroUSB version to thingiverse later today and update the blog post.

  21. Carlos says:

    Hi Mike.

    I’ve sent you an email through Contact section, can you have a look?

    Essentially I’m looking for two adapters and I want to know how much do you charge for them.


  22. Mike says:

    I would also love a lightning adapter if you are still making them for people!


  23. Brendon says:

    I would like to buy two of these adapters. How do I get in contact with you? How much? When could you get them out? Please let me know asap. Thank you.

  24. Doug says:

    I am interested in buying one too. Cost?

  25. Joseph says:

    I am interested in the part which allows you to use it with the MicroUSB-Lightning adapter. Are you selling that one yet? Thanks.

  26. Nimi says:

    Please add me to the list of folks who want to buy one. What’s the cost?

  27. matt says:

    Since elvation appears to be hiding, check this out. Looks like somebody took care of it for us:


  28. Lance says:

    Add me to the long list of people who received docks that are now useless to me and would happily give you money to print me a couple of these adapters. I’d love to buy 2.

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  30. Mike Higgins says:

    I am interested, shoot me an email…

  31. Alex says:

    Starting to get really confusing seeing multiple revisions of what is essentially the same product.

    I used Matt’s advice a few posts above- we’ll see how it goes.

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