iPhone Earphone Jack Cheetah3D Tutorial

A short(ish) tutorial showing you how to model and render an iPhone earphone jack. Hope you like it!

I’ve included the reference image below…



  1. Really great tutorials, by the way. I have been putting off learning how to design in 3D… finally committed yesterday and did the magnifying glass tutorial. The genie is now out of the bottle… and I am no longer dependent upon other engineers to render my ideas and technology concepts. A very power new tool and skill set for me. Thanks.

    1. Thanks for the comment Harry, it’s always nice to hear from people that are using my tutorials. Learning 3D can be pretty daunting but like all things, it’s just a case of practice – what kind of models are you looking to make?

  2. Thanks for the question. I am a EE and work to advancing three startups. I can use these tools for all three. Right now, I could benefit from modeling semiconductor robotic equipment (device handlers and test systems), interface hardware, semiconductor products, cabling and cable harnesses, medical sensor and instrumentation, XLR audio connectors, and audio instrumentation. I could benefit a lot from animation of the models… even from something as simple as camera movement around fixed objects.

    I have a lot of experience with 2D drawing apps (Illustrator, Canvas, AutoCad), audio and MIDI editors (ProTools, Logic), image and photo programs (Photoshop, Aperture), some experience with Quartz Composer, and a ton of LabView experience, so the graphical environment feels comfortable and familiar. However, I did give it a half-hearted attempt awhile bad, but stopped after a few days of tinkering. On Saturday, I committed to learn and dove into a tutorial of yours. By the end of the day, I had something that was happy with. After a few last renders, I sent it to an in-law who is art director at a graphics and animation company. He though it was pretty good for my first project, but had never heard of Cheetah. He did some research and is impressed… as am I. There are a lot of high-end tools and functionality in the application. It was not that long ago that HRDI was only for the high-end users. Anyway, can’t wait to finish this tutorial…. diving back into it. Cheers.

    1. Thanks for the reply Harry. I don’t know a great deal about the objects you’re looking to model but I’m guessing the iPhone earphone jack tutorial would be pretty useful for you also.

      I keep meaning to put some basic animation into a tutorial so keep a look out for that in the future.

  3. Just finished it. Thanks…. exactly correct. Awesome tool and tutorials. A few more days of intensive learning to go.

  4. I have to say, this is one of the best tools an engineer… in any field… can have. If one has an idea or concept for some new invention or device… being in control of the initial stages of rendering is a powerful skill set to possess. For the price point, I have seldom encountered tools that deliver as much power for such a small investment. It is very enabling. I am really stoked. Listening to my favorite music and doing this kind of work is addictive… especially after the rather dry and sterile decades of practicing engineering and mathematics… it feels liberating.

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