When the first iPad came out, there was a very poor selection of iPad cases, especially nice ones, so I made my own. It had a flap that cover the screen, and did a great job of protecting the iPad, but it was missing one critical thing, the handle.
Here's a super easy to make case for the iPad that incorporates a grab handle on the back. I made it using a laser cutter, but you can also use the pattern and cut it out with a very sharp exacto knife and scissors.
It was designed in Solidworks, from a CAD model of the iPad. The pictures show it on an iPad 1, but it works just as well on the iPad 2 and iPad 3.
If you like this project, I would greatly appreciate your VOTE for it in the Make it Real Challenge, at the top right of this page. Thanks!
Step 1: Materials
- Piece of leather larger than the ipad by at least 0.75 inches all the way around. Leather should be about 1/8in thick, and relatively stiff. If using thin leather, you could always cut out 2 patterns, and glue them together using rubber cement.
- The pattern.
- A laser cutter/engraver. (or a sharp exacto, knife and or scissors)
Laser cutters are expensive, but I built my first one using the open source design at Buildlog.net 2.x
If you're in Atlanta, Ga, you can come and use my laser cutter, which I make available to the craft and DIY community: http://www.engineerable.com/design/laser-cutter-engraver-rental/
Recreating from Scratch and making a Custom Logo
If you want to design it from scratch, or add a custom logo, you will need
- Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, or other Vector design software.
- (Optional) Solidworks, or other CAD