Junk Laptop to a Mini Monitor


Introduction: Junk Laptop to a Mini Monitor

About: Electronics, 3D printing and CAD design is my passion. Join me as I share some of my projects!

A while back my grandmother gave me her old and slow Acer laptop that would otherwise been thrown in the lanfill. At the time, I didn't know how what parts to salvage and what parts to throw away so I ended up salvaging as much as I could. A few of the parts I kept were, the screen and the 2.5" hard drive.

Step 1: The Screen

I started disassembling the laptop by removing the screen assembly with the bezels first. Unfortunately I did not take photos of this however, it's not hard with the proper tools such as a few screwdrivers and a flat, prying tool such as a spudger.
Once I had just the screen I looked for the model number. Mine was B101AW03. I searched on ebay and aliexpress and found the correct interface. There are several different versions. I chose one with a HDMI input as I did not want to use (or buy) an adapter for my MacBook Pro.

Here is the eBay listing for the one I used.

Step 2: Designing the Case

I started designing the case in Fusion360. The case is just an extruded rectangle with holes for the wires and screwpoints in the side. After printing, I noticed that I needed to shave off a little bit of material. After that the screen friction fit in exceptionally well and I did not end up using the screws on the side to hold it in.

For the holder I actually used "stand for iPhone5 with otterbox case" found on thingiverse from the user brianyoung. I changed the dimensions and extruded or made it a little bit longer to have a solid base for the screen. I had actually printed this a week earlier and used it for my phone.

Step 3: Finish

To finish this project I hot-glued the interface and buttons to the side of the case.

That's it! This project was super easy and fun to make.`



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    6 Discussions

    This is a real cool reuse of parts. Are you going to be using this as a second monitor for your current laptop or is this going to be incorporated into a larger project?

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    Yes, this will be a second monitor for my computer. I've used it for a lot of things the main one being video editing. It's great to see what you're working on and the result on a bigger, second screen.

    The idea is already known, but i really like the way you made the 3D part :) (btw, you may even integrate the electronics parts in it !)

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    Thanks! Yea 3D printing and electronics are my passion so this brought them together. Check back soon more more projects!


    It's great that you were able to salvage it and give it new life :)


    3 months ago