Introduction: Sleek and Stylish Ipad(and More) Stand

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This is a nice alternative to all the big and clumsy stands for ipad.

It took me less than 10 minutes and 2 tools to make this sleek stand

What you need:
x An Ipad
x 3 mm thick Plexiglas
x A jigsaw
x A hot air gun

Step 1: Step 1

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Get your Ipad, first things first, you have to have an Ipad to build an Ipad stand

Step 2: Step 2 - the Material

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1. Buy some 3 mm thick Plexiglas (acrylic) or you can buy thicker, it must be 3 mm or more to have the stability to hold your Ipad.

2. Cut out a piece of the glass, I chose 150 mm X 60 mm

3. I masked the piece to prevent it from being scratched from the jigsaw

Step 3: Step 3 - Warm It Up!

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When you have your piece of glass you just have to warm it up with your hot air gun till the glass get soft and bendy.

1. Warm your glas till it has soften a little
2. bend your pice to a desired angle
3. hold it
4. let it go when it is cooled down
5. repeat till you get your desired look

Step 4: Step 4 - Unwrapping

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Just unwrap the plexiglas and your almost finished...

Step 5: Step 5 - Put Your Ipad in the Stand

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Now that your finished, just put your Ipad in the stand!

Step 6: BONUS: You Can Use It With Your Non-Apple Product

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For those that just hate Apple or don't have the ability (money) to buy an Ipad can enjoy this stand with non-Apple products.

And you can use it in portrait AND landscape mode ;)


pwatkins3 (author)2014-03-19

I'm a PC but I have two iPads because they are a good product. Anyway good tut.

A flyin muffin (author)2011-06-20

Good idea btw.

A flyin muffin (author)2011-06-20

Why is it that every post with an apple product has people arguing about which company is better? Apple lovers: not everyone likes their products, believe it or not. Microsoft lovers: you don't need to bring up this topic ever time you see someone with an apple product. EVERY ONE JUST STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT THE OTHER COMPANY. YOU ARE NOT BEING FORCED TO USE THEIR STUFF.

it_dont_work (author)2010-04-28

i absolutly despise the ipad. but i love how you've used perspex! reminds me of high school fabrication classes lol. i wish there was more perspex type instructables on here as its a great building material and if you look hard enough easy to find and recycle. great idea very simple and your results look very astheticly pleasing and well made

KnexFreek (author)it_dont_work2010-04-28

 God i just hate pc people like you. Why do you have to DESPISE the ipad?
I mean c'mon, its just a product. Dam.

I like apple, but i don't hate pc, its just another company. WHY must you hate the ipad? i mean be mature. Im fricken 14 and i can.

imthatguy1125 (author)KnexFreek2010-04-28

 I  am fan of Dell computers but I love my itouch and ipod stuff, I dont mind macs but I prefer  dells, they both have great products

Dells suck! Im not sorry for that they just suck!

 Why, cause there better and more durable than apples 

More durable, yes. Better, heck no!

 Cheaper can do more and better, yes

KnexFreek (author)imthatguy11252010-04-30

 the discussion was about the ipad.. the ipad is cheap compared to a laptop. ipad costs 400-500

DJ Radio (author)KnexFreek2010-07-08

but then again iPads are far inferior to laptops. No multitasking, keyboard sucks, and you are locked into Apple's itunes store for software and games.

zeroxityx (author)DJ Radio2010-07-13

i didnt write that either

TheChemiker (author)DJ Radio2010-07-09

I know. iPads are an expensive toy, they have no practical purpose. And you can get a good laptop for less than an iPad.

imthatguy1125 (author)KnexFreek2010-04-30

What laptops are you looking at, the ipads cool but over priced, a godd laptop can be bought for less than 400 dollars 

it_dont_work (author)Robot Lover2010-04-30

the platform doesnt matter. i work with macs every day and osx is the best system i've used when working and producing then anything else. i just dont like the limits of the ipad for a device that's big enough and capable of being more than just a MID device. i have my home studio pc (yes pc) i build and repair both systems through work so im sorry if you cant be mature about things kNeXFreek and learn that out in the real world people can like what they want to like.

KnexFreek (author)it_dont_work2010-04-30

 ''im sorry if you cant be mature about things kNeXFreek and learn that out in the real world people can like what they want to like.''

yea...  im sure..

DJ Radio (author)KnexFreek2010-07-06

We hate the iPad because it sucks. Plain and simple.  Apple can and should do better.

If you ask me, they could fix most, if not all of the iPad's shortcomings and keep it at the same price, and potentially make a perfect product, but they continually "add" features to their products and "make them better" each year just so they can keep selling their stuff and make more money by incrementally upgrading their products.

If they are getting close to making the product perfect, they just suddenly discontinue the line in question and start a brand new line to replace it. 

Lowney (author)DJ Radio2010-07-06

Whilst I see KF is overreacting slightly, I disagree. Apple start with a product that is as good as they can make. Unfortunately, Apple is EXTREMELY arrogant and refuse to have any other company input, hence no flash player etc. A lot of new features for products are user requested, and the only brand that I am aware of that they have halted (in the whole "i" series) is the iPod mini, simply because it was obsolete. So new features are actually requested by critics and users, and Apple then improve the product like that.

DJ Radio (author)Lowney2010-07-06

But why not put those features in right off the bat? They have discontinued other lines too, but none of the others have "i" in the beginning of their name (example: Powerbook, newton)

KnexFreek (author)DJ Radio2010-07-07

Ok DJ, calm down. I am an otter. A big, smelly otter.

DJ Radio (author)KnexFreek2010-07-07

Yeah that's great. Have fun.

zeroxityx (author)DJ Radio2010-07-13

i didnt even write any of this entire conversation. someone has my account

Lowney (author)DJ Radio2010-07-07

Yeah that's my point, clearly apple are imaginatively challenged, and it's user feedback that tells them what to do next. So in essence they cannot add new features until they've released a sort of base model if you get me.

DJ Radio (author)Lowney2010-07-08

So their "innovation" is really a facade.

Lowney (author)DJ Radio2010-07-09

Well I wouldn't say that, the original iPod was a massive innovation, and most of the advancements were down to improvements in technology anyway.

funky monk (author)KnexFreek2010-04-28

Why hate it? Because it has no specific purpose and the media won't shut up about it. That's why people (me included) hate it, not to mention it's another thing that people who buy all the new gadgets but have no idea about anything to do with computers or anything technology related will brag about owning.

BrianKT (author)funky monk2010-04-28

 Sounds like someone is jealous about people owning gadgets. People can buy what they want and do what they want with it.

You know why the iPad is gaining so much press? Because it is groundbreaking. Sure, it may not be the best at anything but it finally sets a bar for upcoming tablets. Just like the iPhone, the iPad will start the race with Android and other manufacturers to make a genuinely good tablet device.

funky monk (author)BrianKT2010-04-30

No, I'm not gelous, it just annoys me when people only buy something so they can show it off when they have no intention for using it for anything else. I wasn't suggesting that everyone who buys an iPad is shallow.

it_dont_work (author)BrianKT2010-04-30

this is still a great ible tho :P

it_dont_work (author)funky monk2010-04-30

it has its purposes, its just disappointing at what it could of done. its pretty much just a giant iphone which still makes a good consumer device. the development of a tablet device for more professional applications is what im waiting for. and the ipad asa device was just a big let down for me as it'd make my job so much easier if it did more then what my phone already does

jktechwriter (author)funky monk2010-04-29

Wow... so wrong.  It does have a specific purpose.  More than one, actually.  I use it to check my email downstairs so I don't have to run upstairs to my PC.  I let my 3 year old use it to paint, drag virtual stickers, and look at photos (he picked up the gestures and single HOME button easily).  i didn't buy it because it's a new gadget - I bought it because it's making my life easier and more fun.

Get over yourself funky monk - don't buy one... but hang up the attitude because it only make appear really jealous and sad.  Oh, and I'm a PC... but I own an iPad and love it.

Cowpow16 (author)it_dont_work2010-04-28

 i hope you know you just said "if you look HARD ENOUGH its EASY TO FIND", i just wanted to point that out :)

it_dont_work (author)Cowpow162010-04-30

thankyou :P

mhache (author)2010-07-03

Nice idea. Just made one. Looks great

caper666 (author)2010-06-14

simple cheap and works great thanks. i made one in about 15 minutes from a 6x11 inch piece and its awesome.

gabureiru (author)2010-05-06

How did you cut the plexi????, I have tried to cut plexi but it always breaks apart.

gman2000watts (author)gabureiru2010-05-20

 dremel and cut wheel! my fav tool for acrylic or plexi. 

it_dont_work (author)gabureiru2010-05-19

i use a band saw. if you want a very presice cut, score with a box cutter like aaron_mcg says. sit it on a level surface and run a hack saw u and down the groove made with the box cutter, it'll take some finess but will leave an easy to sand and polish cut. you can also add a ronded edge but using a round file to make a semi cirle grove in and bit of saw blade or similar thing steel, and then scratch up and down your freshly cut edge of perspex to make a rounded edge.then just polish the edge with some fine wet n dry some brasso and a cloth

aaron_mcg (author)gabureiru2010-05-06

If you score your cut line with a boxcutter or exacto blade, then cut on the waste side of the score line, it will limit the amount of break-out. You can also try putting masking tape on both sides of the cut, drawing your cut line on the tape and then cutting.

ToddR (author)gabureiru2010-05-06

I was wondering that myself.  Instructables has some info on that if you look around.

spiceyweasel (author)2010-05-14

It's been my experience that those who despise Apple products have never used Apple products other than sitting down at a friend's computer for a minute or two. I own six different Apple products and none of them have ever crashed, malfunctioned, or simply quit working the way the PC's my family use do. The best way to prove Apple's reliability is to look at the number of ex-PC users who have converted to Mac vs. the number of Mac users who now use PC's. You really can't blame the they all sport similar hardware now; It's the Operating Systems they run. Microsoft has been attempting to clone OSX for more than a decade now and they still can't do it. So, PC users, don't blame Apple...blame Bill Gates.

haruspex (author)2010-05-06

You don't have to hate Apple or not have the money to not have an iPad. You can simply not want or like the iPad product itself. I don't hate Apple, I have several Apple products, but I don't like the iPad.

300cman (author)2010-05-06

Just go down to an office supply store and buy a business card holder. $1.99

bettbee (author)2010-05-06

To cut plexiglas, you can use a scrollsaw, jigsaw, panel saw, bandsaw, or coping saw. Leave the backing paper on, or mask as in this instructable. The slower the blade the better, as the head of friction can mess up the plexi.

Bending plexi along an axis works best if you heat only the area to be bent. Heat guns or even torches (carefully) work great. To make a bend with a greater radius, just heat a wider swath. Heating in an oven seems like it'd leave you with a very floppy bit of stuff that is hard to bend at one discrete point, but I suppose you could place your piece on two separate bits of wood or metal with the edges at the bend point. and then bend the piece using those supports. But this seems unnecessarily difficult.

For a professional look, use a flame to polish the cut edges. Any kind of torch should do - if you are using a hotter torch, just hold it further away and move the flame faster over the surface. I'm guessing even a heat gun held close enough could do this but never tried.

For gluing plexi together, do not fire polish the edges to be glued and use proper plexi solvent in a needle bottle or syringe. It's cheap.

To polish and de-static plexiglas, use brillianize. Buffing wheels and polishing compounds can take scratches out.

Just find scraps and practice with whatever tools you're using for the job, and you'll do great.

bettbee (author)bettbee2010-05-06

Correction: to cut details you ideally want a slow blade like a cutawl but you can use a jigsaw or scroll saw. For straight cuts, a fast blade is ok but you gotta keep it moving. There are guides on the proper blades to use, just google it.

Tim Temple (author)2010-05-06

You're going to need to sand or router the edge to make it look decent.

Tim Temple (author)2010-05-06

Try baking it at 225 on a paper towel on a cookie sheet.  It will be soft & stiff enough to bend with thin gloves.  You've got 30 seconds to get it right.  Don't let it get in contact with anything made of soft plastic!

eidolon1138 (author)2010-05-06

Fantastic.  Simple and elegant.  I've been trying to bend coat hangers into a suitable stand for days now and nothing looks or functions as well as this.  Thank you.

mttrout (author)2010-05-02

Nice idea.  Cheap too!  Might have to make one of these.

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