Second Commission - Introducing the YH iPad Stand

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Second Commission - Introducing the YH iPad Stand

Happy Lunar New Year Folks!


I spent my winter holidays in my hometown amongst family, friends, and the woodshop. My primary aim was to create an iPad stand for a client, something simple but unlike the readily available products online. I started with a few hand sketches that grew into the three concepts illustrated below. B was finalized and moved into modeling & rendering with a couple iterations, and the final product is as you see it below. Scroll to the bottom for more information on the design!












3D Modeling and Rendering in Rhino 6





Concealed dowels slide back and forth in grooves carved into the side runners which have three notches cut into them to act as stops, locking the hinged back piece at three set angles. The initial concept model for the runner is the image directly above. By incorporating the adjustable angles, the design allows the stand to be used in the widest array of situations as there is a viewing angle that will suit whatever your need may be -- sitting, standing, strolling about (okay, maybe not that one).

The notch that the bezel of the tablet rests in is slightly angled so that the bezel catches the lip of the notch even when at a low angle which keeps the tablet secure when in use. I tested several prototypes to evaluate the best angle and depth for this notch to ensure pressing the top of the tablet would not make it topple over. When not in use, the dowel can be disengaged from the notches, allowing the stand to flatten.

I worked with the client to select the wood species -- cherry for the runners and maple for the display for a nice, warm contrast. I had some nicely figured maple laying around from a previous chessboard project, so I spiced up the stand with a little bit of visual pizzazz, as seen in the final photographs less the tablet. 

I would like to revisit this design and refine it in the future, perhaps with smaller dowels in the runners or even small brass pins, which will make it easier to add more angles and give the backside a more graceful look. While developing this piece I had a few other ideas come to mind which I may also explore. Overall, I had great fun in exploring this type of object, mostly because it was unfamiliar territory. I do not own a tablet myself (the photographed model was on loan from a colleague), so it was a great foray into prototype-heavy design since I had to borrow technology to test the ergonomics and practicality of a design that was  born on paper and not from personal experience. I enjoy the multi-functional aspects of the piece -- while  it was designed to hold a tablet, it can readily display any object that fits in the base groove from cookbooks to sketchbooks or other display items.

The stand measures roughly 8" x 10-1/2" x 7/8" tall and is photographed with a Microsoft Surface Pro 8.

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