I created an easel using 123D Design, made for 3D printing. You can see it in the 3d viewer below and in the picture.
Step 1: Concept design
My concept was to make a series of "blades" with a notch cut out that would act as an easel.
Step 2: Make the segments of the stand
Here's how I made them:
- Add a sphere into the scene, with a radius of 10mm
- Add a box into the scene with dimensions of 40x40x10mm
- Line them up so that the top half of the sphere sticks up above the box
- Select the Combine icon on the toolbar
- Select the sphere as the target
- Select the box as the additional primitive to combine
- In the little pillbox menu, at the end, select Subtract
- Press Enter
- Voila, half sphere!
- Select the half-sphere and then the Transform icon, then the Move icon
- Move it down so it is touching the ground plane
- Now select the Transform icon from the toolbar, and then the Scale icon
- In the little pill, select Non-Uniform scaling
- Adjust the size in each dimension - maybe 6x taller, 2x wider, 4x deeper