I recently got an Ipad 2 as part of an education grant. The teachers were required to supply their own case for the Ipad, so instead of purchasing a regular run of the mill case, I decided I would build one of my own to demonstrate to my students some of the things we are capable of doing in my classes.
I *love* working with metal. I wanted my case to be strong enough for use in a shop environment, so making the case out of metal made sense. The purpose of this Instructable is not really to explain how I built the case. My main purpose is to describe the DESIGN PROCESS using this case as an example.
To start us off, I'm going to give a little background on how I teach the design process. I use what I call IGSBEP. This is a simple way to remember the 6 steps of the design process:
Follow along as I explain the steps of the design process and build a zombie-apocalypse proof Ipad case.
Step 1: Identify the Problem
The first step of the desing process is to Identify and Understand the problem. It is very important that all issues are understood BEFORE coming up with ideas and building your project. It is a lot easier to plan ahead than it is to re-build a project to meet specifications you "forgot" about...
So for this project, Identify the Problem: I need an Ipad case that is durable enough to permit use of the Ipad in a shop environment. In addition, the case must be able to be manufactured using existing tools in the shop, must be totally functional, must look good, and finally must use only materials available to my students. It would be NICE (but not required) if the case also permited the Ipad to be stood up at two different angles, one for typing and one for viewing. It would also be NICE (but not required) if the case had a pocket to carry papers and writing utensils.
In list form:
Case must be:
2. Built using only tools in the shop
3. Built using only materials available in the shop
4. Totally functional
5. Aesthetically pleasing
If possible, the case should:
6. be able to stand Ipad up at 2 different angles
7. be able to hold papers, pens, and pencils
Alright! Now I have a basic guidline for what the case needs to do. Time to start figuring out how to make a case that does all these things!