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Robust Adjustable Tilt Tablet Stand

by inhale3d, published

Robust Adjustable Tilt Tablet Stand by inhale3d Dec 11, 2012

Description

Beefy, adjustable tilt tablet stand. Designed in ViaCAD.

Inspired by Thing: thingiverse.com/thing:31831

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Will this fall over from the weight of the phone in the upright position?

Looks great, printing in ABS now

Thanks, that did the trick and I see that Thingiverse is also able to generate preview renders of both sides now as well.

For whatever reason though the .zip package contains two "tablet-stand-left-upright" files, one is called "tablet-stand-left-upright.stl" (0 bytes) and the other one is called "table-stand-left-upright-1.stl" and is 948kb.

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Instructions

I printed and used thingiverse.com/thing:31831 and thought it was a great design - really fun to put together and looked great. The main downside was its small size and narrow stance - therefore it had stability issues for Kindle and larger tablets. Worked fine for iphone and was marginal for an iPad mini.

So, I decided to start from scratch in ViaCAD and designed an adjustable stand tipping my hat to Thing 31831 and looking at my Chaise Lounge tilt design. This stand is improved in these ways:

1) Overall larger scale and beefier structure
2) Much wider stance for more stable tablet cradle
3) Easy to print
4) No long screws are needed. Many fewer fasteners required.
5) Easy hardware requirements - only 4 M5 x 0.8 x 16mm socket head bolts and 4 M5 x .8 nuts are used (black socket head bolts look cool.)
6) Provided ViaCAD source files for your tinkering pleasure (any of the .vc3 files are the source files)
7) Cradle is deeper to accommodate tablets without removing their cases

3D Print the 3 STL files:
Base: tablet-stand-base.stl [updated 12/15/12 to open nut cutouts to make it somewhat easier to press in M5 nuts. Updated 1/8/12 to beef up spars in base so there is less flex. replaced stl and vc3 files for base]
Braces: tablet-angle-brace2.stl
Uprights: tablet-stand-uprights-v2.stl

For the braces and uprights, there is a left and a right part included in the STL.

I used a LulzBot AO-100 for the print, 0.5mm nozzle, 0.3mm layer height, 1 vertical shell. The Slic3r INI file I used for the test print can be downloaded at the left - filename: Inhale3D-tablet-stand.ini. That'll give you a head start on a print config.

Assemble the stand as shown using 4 M5x16mm bolts and nuts. The nuts press in to the base and braces from the inside joints. It's easiest to use either channel lock pliers or vice-grips adjusted with a wide jaw - need wide jaws to squeeze it into place so it's flat. The nuts are a very tight fit and can't easily be pressed in by hand, but this makes for very solid-feeling joints.

(ViaCAD 2D3D 8 for design, Strata Design 3D SE used for raytraced renderings shown, LulzBot AO-100 for test prints, Slic3r 0.9.7 for gcode.)

Come check out inhale3D.com when you get a chance for tutorials on 3D printing, laser cutting, and CNC routing.

- Landon Cox, inhale3D.com

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RealElwood on Jan 27, 2014 said:

Will this fall over from the weight of the phone in the upright position?

estettin on Dec 1, 2013 said:

Looks great, printing in ABS now

STIdeas on Jul 15, 2013 said:

Idea: How about using pin connectors or dimple hinges at the articulation points?

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Ybm on Jul 11, 2013 said:

I did print one and I can say that is a very pactical stand for my big and heavy Asus ep121 tablet.
It can be used for other purpose like picture.
I am on my way to print another one.
Thanks

Mando5 on Apr 18, 2013 said:

the upright v2 file only has one side

dezbot on Jul 18, 2013 said:

I agree, there is only one side for the upright. There probably is a way for me to "mirror-flip-reverse" the single upright file to make it work, but it would be nice just to have a "left" and "right" upright to print. Other than that this is a great thing. Thanks.

jebba on Dec 13, 2012 said:

Very nice. :) I just had M3, so I went with that for now. I used your .ini on my AO-101 without modification and it worked fine. Fast print. :)

Thanks!

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