iPad 2/3/4 'the new ipad' Stand

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iPad 2/3/4 'the new ipad' Stand by Fastrack Nov 20, 2012


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Originally designed for an iPad 3, but fits the iPad 4 as it's the exact same dimensions.

UPDATE: A new thing has been created for the iPad Air 2 stand: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:989878

UPDATE: I've uploaded "iPad 2 Stand.stl" use this if you have an iPad 2.

I wanted a stand that would hold the iPad both in Portrait (with home button accessible) and Landscape. I came across thing 23758 by tealid but it was very square looking and the back support required support material which made it look unfinished.

First version I made was just slightly rounded in Tinkercad. But have sinced learned Solidworks which is much more powerful.

Pictures/STL attached are of the much improved Solidworks model, but feel free to use the Tinkercad object.



Download "xxx_test.stl" where xxx is the base filename. These are CUT versions using NetFabb Studio for the slot size. As everyone's printer is different, once you determine which slot best fits your iPad. Download the full STL that matches the "_test" version. I've included what I use (9.4mm) as well as .1mm, .2mm, .3mm larger slots. I hope that'll be enough to take into account printer variations. If someone wants an even larger size slot let me know.

I have my printer calibrated pretty well, the size of the slot was generated at 9.4mm (8.6mm for iPad 2) which is what Apple lists as the thickness of the iPad.

Files attached:

iPad Stand.stl -> Slot is 9.4mm, after which additional files: _9.4mm+.1,9.4mm+.2,9.4mm+.3

iPad 2 Stand.stl -> Slot is 8.6mm, after which additional files: _8.6mm+.1,8.6mm+.2,8.6mm+.3

Above files are the base files +.1mm-.3mm larger. The 9.4+.1 and above the slot was moved back .2mm.

NOTE: The "ridge" that is seen in the middle of the iPad embossing text on the front has to do with Skeinforge making that entire layer a bridge. I'm not sure of a way to get rid of that.

Printed at .27 layer height, 10% Infill, Extra Shells 2 (3 in total) on a Replicator 1 using ABS. Print, wait to cool, remove and insert iPad :) Depending on your retraction settings you may want to smooth out/wet sand the slot where the iPad goes so not to scratch it.

Holds the iPad in Portrait (with the home button accessible) or in Landscape.

Originally designed using Tinkercad:


Later redesigned in Solidworks (you can make much smoother objects because of the Fillet functionality) among other things!

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nice job. thanks for sharing

Thanks! I still gotta make an iPad air 2 one. I've been too involved in winter sports, last time my printer was on was Nov 2014!

Now created: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:989878


iPad Air 2 Stand

Came out perfectly ipad fits nice and snug. Thank you for this great upload.( made mine with ABS )

Do you have a version for iPad air?

I just purchased an iPad air 2. I'll be making a version for it. It does work, but flops around so you have to careful


Printed niceley with the standard sized model on my Up! 2.

can you make a version for an iPad mini

Ipad Mini also fits the design, even looks perfectly sized

What file did you choose for iPad mini ?


Hey. I haven't made one for the iPad Air or Mini as I don't have one to spec out. If the dimensions on Apples site are 100% correct I can check it out. If you have a set of calipers and measure the thickness in mm that would be great.

Hi Fastrack,

I measured thickness of my iPad 2 mini, it is 7.65mm. Could you please create a new STL for that ?
As well, since iPad mini is overall a smaller size, would it be possible for you to scale it down to let's 80%
of original size and living the slot size the same of course based on the number above ?

Thanks in advance

Can I get a larger slot that will hold a iPad in a Lifeproof case?

If you measure the thickness with callipers, I can see what I can do. The issue is the width of the front part might need to change.

Love this stand! Any chance you would upload a version without the word "iPad" engraved? My prints look great but that area always looks iffy. Thanks either way!

Added. iPad_Stand-no_logo.stl this is the 9.4mm version for the iPad3/4


Hello Fastrack!

I sent you a message with some dimension requests if you have a chance to take a look. (I have a case that really can't come off), thanks for an awesome stand! Beautiful! :) -j

Hi Fastrack!
This is an awesome stand! Much more nicer and smoother than the others that are on here! Thankyou so much for posting!
I made one for my iPad 4 and it works Great! Perfect fit!

I will give everyone some tips if printing on an UP! printer...
As is, it doesn't fit. Note / problem with the UP!: if you scale by 0.99 it will fit and work, but it will crunch the print head to the left extreme soon as it gets to the first layer with infill. :(

Here is how I got it to work with the UP!...

  • Get the iPad stand 9.4+.3 file.
  • scale by 0.97 and hit the "place" button.
  • rotate on the Z axis until the thick end is facing left.
  • move the model 3mm to the right.

It works fine, no printer head crunch and it fits the iPad 4 perfect :)

Thankyou again for such a fantastic design! :)

Glad you like it... Kinda odd you downloaded the +.3mm and then scaled it? Sounds like an UP! Printer issue.. But just trying to understand... However this is one of the reasons I posted test pieces.

It's definitely is a limitation of the UP! It has a 140x140mm build platform and the STL is right on that limit. with the file un-scaled the UP! complains that the object is too big to print.
That's why - a bit of math told me to get the +.3 and scale it down will make it fit and work.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with your models!
You're correct - it's just limitations & a bug with the UP!

p.s. I was tempted to do a test piece when the UP! first complained :)
but then I thought - no, I wanna push this thing to it's limits!!! (and then it crashed on me. It told me!)

In the end - I got it to print correctly, and fit brilliantly!
It's all good! :)

Wicked... I'm glad you figured it out. I didn't think of build area size when I designed it.

Maybe others with an UP

I printed the iPad 2 version for my iPad 2, and it works great. Very nice.

Has anyone tried this with the ipad 2? Im sure it will probably lean a little more that desired but will it even stand?

I suspect it would work just fine but would be looser and lean more of course.  Based on what I've read the iPad 2 is .8mm thinner.  I'll generate an STL with an slot .8mm thinner!  You could print out a section of the slot (split it up using Netfabb) to test the slot size.

New STL posted "iPad 2 Stand.stl" this has a 8.6mm slot.