iPad Stand Design (Prototype)

Discussion in 'iPad Accessories' started by mpuck972, Apr 9, 2010.

  1. mpuck972 macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2007
    Created a 3D model of the iPad in SolidWorks based off sketch pictures from Apple, then designed a quick stand. Now going to 3D print it on one of our rapid prototype machines to see how it works. Anyone have any ideas for design changes?

    There is a built in gap in the holding are to line it with felt to keep from scratching it.



  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    I think it's kind of ugly and you're using double the amount of material you need to.
  3. Sdevante macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2008
    LOL the blunt honesty.

    I like the Apple logo cutout.
  4. mullman macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2004
    Sounds complicated.

    This flat piece of plastic comes with the InCase neoprene case being sold at the Apple Store.
    Simply curve it and set the iPad on it - done.

  5. Sdevante macrumors 6502

    Dec 12, 2008
    Is this an idea you came up with or did they include that piece for this purpose? It looks cool; looks like there are notches cut out to hold it in place?
  6. mullman macrumors 6502


    Jan 13, 2004
    No, that is exactly how it ships, notches already cut.
  7. undrpsi macrumors regular

    Mar 28, 2010
    Gastonia, NC
    Very nice design..I'm jealous you have the time to work on it. I can't even get all my productions parts finished in Camworks (solidworks). <sigh> It's like someone turned the faucet on two weeks ago...my lathes are covered up, mills are 2+ weeks...luckily the routers are still 10 days (high production rate)..

    Think the design is beautiful though...difficult to produce inexpensively but still nice...
  8. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    But Apple will never let them use it so they might as well replace it now with something realistic.
  9. Streethawk macrumors 6502

    Feb 25, 2010
    Manchester, UK
    It looks too narrow to use on your lap. Personally i dont see the iPad as a desktop device, more of a true lap-top device.

    I'd like to see a shallower angle and a wider stand so you can use it on your lap comfortably.
  10. 0101001 macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2010
  11. frankjl macrumors regular

    Mar 22, 2010
    It looks alright but one apple logo in the back is enough for me.

    Personally I hate accessories that go overboard with the apple logo on it.
    My product already have one built IN I dont need more.

    To each it's own. Some people love :apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple::apple: on everything apple related they own.
  12. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    I'd think that the best stand would be compact and portable so you can use it anywhere. The guy with the incase strap has the right idea. So do the people who have bought folding picture frame stands.
  13. mpuck972 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2007
    It also helps that I work for SolidWorks! I try to spend a few hours a week modeling something in SolidWorks just to stay fresh on the software.

    I'm going ton upload the model to 3D Content Central so others can design stuff for it as well.
  14. mcdj macrumors G3


    Jul 10, 2007
    The sharp inward angle of the front edge is a cracked screen waiting to happen.
  15. emptyCup macrumors 65816


    Jan 5, 2005
    There is some good advice here. Nevertheless, the problem is that Staples sells a variety of business card holders and book stands for less than $10 that work just as well.
  16. mpuck972 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 31, 2007
    And this will cost me nothing.
  17. yezza macrumors regular

    Mar 12, 2008
    Hey did you go through with your 3D prototype print? The most important suggestion I can make is check where the centre of gravity is located. Judging by the images you've posted, the COG would be very close, if not behind, the back edge of your stand. You will find that even if the stand and ipad stay upright, the smallest push on the screen will send it tipping backwards (unless your base is manufactured from a sufficiently heavy material) ;)
  18. vynn macrumors member

    May 18, 2010
    Complete garbage, the iPad will tip over very easily when touching the screen.
  19. vynn macrumors member

    May 18, 2010
    A great stand design would incorporate the following:

    1) Portability - either compact in size or folds into a compact size.
    2) Lightweight yet sturdy.
    3) Non-slip grip when placed on a smooth surface.
    4) Multiple viewing angles for typing or movie viewing.
    5) Supports the iPad in both landscape and portrait orientation.
    6) Allows the iPad to be plugged in while using any orientation.
    7) Can be used with various cases.

    Here's one of the more interesting stands I've seen but it's pricey:


    Personally I prefer a case with built in stand functionality so I always have the stand with me and don't have to carry it around separately.
  20. DaddyWhale macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2010
    I would agree with your list of features. I just got this, http://www.igearusa.com/meadipstfora.html. It's too early for me to say if it's a long-term solution, but I like it so far.
    -flexible: can hold iPad at various angles - almost flat to almost vertical
    -very portable
    -seems sturdy enough, won't tip over
    -can accommodate most cases I imagine
    On the downside, it feels a bit cheaply made and overpriced at $60. But if you google around you can find it for much less and there's a 20% off the $60 coupon for this weekend at the iGear site.
  21. mavis macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Tokyo, Japan
    Ya think? ;)

    I just ordered one of these (for $20 incl. shipping) and I'm anxious to see how it will work!
  22. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    I quite like it but it could be a bit smaller.
  23. antiprotest macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2010
    Some have reported that the iPad shoots out and lands on the floor. lol
  24. Metlin macrumors newbie


    Jun 5, 2010
    Cambridge, MA
    That's quite cool! Not particularly portable, but I think you'll need a stand only if your iPad is on a surface, like a desk or the kitchen counter.

    It's much better than most of the alternatives out there in the market.
  25. xraytech macrumors 68030

    Mar 24, 2010
    Your stand does not need to be that tall and that wide. Look at this...


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