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This is a very easy to make and inexpensive tripod mount for iPads or any tablet really. It is made from a piece of PVC drain pipe and a t-nut. The funnest part of this project is the unique way the pipe is flattened to become the iPad case.

This project was adapted from a YouTube video. The original design would not quite fit my tripod so I made a new mounting bracket.
 
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Step 1: Materials

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14" of  4" PVC schedule 20 drain pipe
PVC cement
1 1/4" #20 t-nut
card stock

Step 2: Tools

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safety glasses
pencil
25mm (1") round saw
5/8" drill bit
drill or drill press
ruler
hacksaw
Dremel with cutting wheel and grinder
sander or sand paper
heat gun (not shown)

Step 3: Cut the pipe

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Cut about 14" of 4" schedule 20 PVC drain pipe. It should be a few inches wider than the long side of the iPad. Then make a single cut lengthwise down the pipe.

Step 4: Preheat

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Wait until your wife is out of the afternoon. Preheat your oven to 210 F. You are going to bake the PVC for about 6 minutes or until it is flat. Don't worry this should not produce any smell.

Step 5: Flatten the PVC

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Bake the PVC in a 210 F oven for about six minutes or until it is mostly flat. Use a cookie sheet so that the oven shelf does not leave any marks. Once the PVC is mostly flat, remove it from the oven. The PVC will be soft like pie crust dough. Put a cutting board and a pitcher of tea on top of the PVC so that it will cool completely flat.

Step 6: Sand

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Sand off all the labeling, marks and stains from both sides of the PVC.

Step 7: Template

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Draw a template on a piece of card stock. Transfer or copy the template to another piece of card stock. Use the second piece of card stock to make a prototype. Make sure all of the iPad's buttons and connectors are not obstructed. Adjust your master template if needed.
Brian0891 month ago

Hi Do you Have design To Make a Sun Shade For Ipad2

Thanks

Brian0891 month ago

Hi Do you have the Template For This

Rolts4 months ago

Great project, very creative use of materials. Definitely going to try this.

samjohn5 months ago

nice! Looks like something Apple would sell... And kind of looks like an iMac.

Very nice solution! Thanks! Just one question; you used grey drain pipe, but after heating the pvc looks nice (Apple) white! How come? I@lbert
newspire (author)  avan der veer16 months ago
Thanks for your kind words. The pipe is not grey. Maybe the dirty pipe looks that way in the pictures in contrast to the white paper and stove. It is plain white drain pipe found in box stores or plumbing supply.
florjanj6 months ago
Great! It helps me a lot!
Bravo Zulu!
petermonti9 months ago
Beautiful work !
dsgreene7110 months ago
great project, and very well done instructable!
gman2000watts10 months ago
So many plastic projects will be possible since I saw the flattening of the pvc! Thanks, and that is a wonderful ipad holder!
babloon10 months ago
Extremely brilliant, accessible and perfectly explained !
Top !
slysimon11 months ago
Very nice idea, well executed. Nice 'ible too.
Bravo!