Machining the Perfect iPhone 5 Case

Mastercam user, Ben Lang, has embarked on quite a project. He calls it iMpkt (pronounced impact) – an “extreme protection” case for the iPhone 5. Machined out of aircraft grade aluminum and weighing just 1.73 ounces, the finished product speaks for itself. It’s rugged, yet brings with it a healthy dose of visual appeal. Being funded through Kickstarter means anyone can contribute to help see this this through to fruition. The plan is to offer a number of anodized colors as well as versions for the iPhone 4/4s if the funding goal is reached in time.

Prototype versions showing off anodized colors

Ben works for Paramount Machine, located in Salt Lake City, Utah. They are a full service job shop mainly producing aerospace, medical, oil field, and tool and die parts. He has been with the company for 15 years and started out with the owner when it was just him in his shop behind his house and now we have grown to a 30+ employee shop with 30,000 square feet full of CNC equipment.
They have three vertical CNC’s, four horizontal machining centers with pallet systems, two 5 axis VMC’s, seven multi axis live tooling CNC lathes, two wire EDM’s and a host of other manual machines and equipment to support those machines. They also have a two CMM’s to check accuracy and positioning.

One thing they do differently from a lot of other job shops is that all the employees that run the CNC’s also program the machines that they run. At each machining cell there is a current updated seat of Mastercam with access to the network to update current jobs. Unlike many other shops across the US, employees at Paramount Machine are given a lot of freedom to use the internet to increase knowledge and skills to be competitive in today’s market.

The freedom to use the internet has sparked a lot of what Ben has done to be creative and think outside the box. That is where the iMpkt Case idea came from. It has been a fun adventure for him to build a product that he gets to see people use in everyday life as opposed to most of the things he builds that he rarely knows what it gets used for.

Here’s the video Ben submitted to Kickstarter to get the project off the ground:

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