This instructable is to make your own ipad wall mount or stand, like pictured below.
it should cost you under $50 bucks as long as you get 1/8 scrap acrylic and somebody to cut it cheap.

To get started you will need several materials:
1.) Acrylic, 1/8" thickness any color of your choice. You will need a 12" by 18" sheet if you cut both pieces or 2 12" by 9" sheets to cut singles.
2.) Screws:
     To screw the 2 acrylic pieces together:
      4 Black-Oxide Alloy Steel Socket Head Cap Screw 6-32 Thread, 7/8" Length (these are ones for allen wrenches, you can
      use star pattern or regular, my thought the more complicated the screw head the less easily opened)
      McMaster Carr # 91251A152
    To attach the mount to the back:
     4 Flat undercut machine screws 3/4" Screw 6-32 Thread 3/4 Length McMaster Carr # 91099A224

3.) Nuts:

     8 Nylon insert Hex Locknut 6/32 Screw 6-32 Thread (these are the zinc grated ones, there are also black ones and
     of course you can do nuts without nylon insert) McMaster Carr # 90631A007

4.) Several standoffs:

     4 Unthreaded:
     Aluminum Unthreaded Round Spacer 1/4" OD, 1/2" Length, #6 Screw Size McMaster Carr # 2510A445

     2 Threaded:
     Aluminum Threaded Round Standoff 1/4" OD, 1/2" Length, 6-32 Screw Size McMaster Carr # 93330A445

5.) and some bumpers (4 total):

     ipad 1: 9/64 inch Adhesive-Backed Polyurethane Bumper Flat Top, 1/2"McMaster Carr #95495K113
     ipad 2: 1/4 inch Adhesive-Backed Polyurethane Bumper Flat Top, 1/2" McMaster Carr # 95495K223

6.) a VESA wall mount of your choice. We used this one, it looks ok and cost $17. It is entirely up to you which one you choose.

As far as materials goes, you can use whatever screws you want and you might come up with a better combination all together. Just remember that our file is set for the ones above. You may have to alter the hole sizes in the template if you use different screws. For example, you could use shorter bumpers and reduce the length of your screws and standoffs, etc. All that is up to you.

Step 1: Laser Cut Template

First cut the acrylic on a lasercutter near you. The plans are added to this step as an illustrator editable pdf. Feel free to delete the textmark or add your own.  If you don't have access to a laser cutter I suggest finding one at a local college or university near you or at a fablab near by. If none of these options are available try ponoko.

Design Details:
There is the x cutout in the back for attaching to the VESA adapter.
The 4 corner posts hold the ipad in place and the 2 bottom posts keep the pad from sliding.
The big rectangular cut in the middle let's you feed through the USB cable if you need to power the pad and the the small rectangular cut under it is to secure the mount with a security cable like this. Of course it isn't overly secure but it might stop opportunists.
Why don't you just put velcro on the wall and velcro on your ipad and then stick your ipad to the wall?
If you use velcro, it will leave sticky residue on your wall and your iPad, though it is easier than laser cutting a wall mount. If you do decide to do that though, just use a blowdrier and blow on the back of the iPad to get the velcro off without a sticky mess.
thanks for the advice :)
Its cute and all but velcro is 3 bucks and takes 1 min to install
We developed awesome solution for mounting almost any kind of tablet on almost any surface and it is a version of Velcro but perfectly balanced and shaped. It is called Hedgie as Hedgehog carries an apple symbolism in mind. Sticky residues (if any) can always be removed with normal lemon juice. You are welcome to check it out on <a href="http://www.hedgie.net">http://www.hedgie.net</a>&nbsp;or google it.<br> <br> <div class="media_embed"> <object style="height: 390.0px;width: 640.0px;"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/kzdonRiVgjQ?version=3"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always"><embed allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" height="390" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/kzdonRiVgjQ?version=3" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="640"></embed></object></div>
This is awesome! What a great first Instructable. Keep up the good work.
Thank you! :)

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Bio: Markus Vogl is a NE Ohio based multimedia artist experimenting in multiple sensory experiences combining sound, environments and interactive installation. He has exhibited internationally in ... More »
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