Adjustable Laptop Stand

by jpearce Aug 15, 2013
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Hello, I had a question about the tray. Is it possible to position it at an angle so the laptop keyboard would be at an adjustable angle? If so I'm assuming I might have to add an edge to keep it from sliding off.

Yes + and you would want to add a lip -- which would be pretty easy to do with a 3D printed component to fit onto the OpenBeam.

Great thank you!

I like this design, I've been looking at the many designs on here and this suits my needs best. One caveat though - openbeam/maker beam/t-slot is very expensive, about £60 for the length I need (2.2m). None of this design absolutely needs that type of extrusion though. Box section tube is much cheaper and I can get 2mm walled for about £11 for 3m. I am planning to make the top open and sized for my laptop which will help cooling and join the front corners on the top piece with some printed 90 degree join parts from here and the rear ones with some 90 degree corner braces. hopefully self tapping screws will hold it all together.

Thats a good idea -- please let us know how it turns out. Good luck!

Blew my mind with your filament lock for rotation. Very nice sir. I'll be using that in the future.

indeed, I'm just amazed how simple and effective the mechanism is ! congrats to the designer !

How many pieces of the openbeam need to be cut? And what might be an optimal length? I'm trying to figure out whether I will need 3 or 4m lengths of openbeam. If I make the legs 330mm, that will give me 9 cuts out of 3m . I can't tell if the top cover uses 3 or 4 lengths to make the cover. Alternatively I could make the legs 250mm to get the most out of 3m of openbeam but that's pushing it for my 11" macbook air. Thoughts here?

Optimal length is going to depend on your preference - do you want an external mouse next to it or not? --Up to you and the laptop size.

The top cover uses 4 lengths -- for rigidity.

Ah ok thanks! The stand will be to hold laptop at eye level for proper ergonomics. Keyboard and mouse will at desk level.

Also, I plan to modify design a bit as openbeam seems expensive and hard to source additional parts for(eg corner pieces). 20mm tslot seems cheaper and easier to find. Question though, what would be proper compression spring size if I scaled things up to support 20mm tslot. Thanks again.

Bed bound gal with MS would kill for something this easy to operate. Do you sell them? Would you sell one?

Sorry - university so we can't do that kind of thing - but if you know a local maker - they should have no problem assembling one from our designs -- Best of luck!

Man, that filament-lock is ingenious!

Smoking is the new running.