A Foam Core Stand Against Tablet Design

We hadn’t considered how challenging it might be to try drawing long-term on a tablet, and it sounds as though Apple didn’t, either. According to [Eric Strebel], who normally designs products for other people, there are many problems to solve. The camera area creates a bump on an otherwise flat backside, so it wobbles on the table. It’s thick. It’s too easy to run your stylus off the side.

Yes there are tablet holders out there, even a few with cup holders, but almost none of them have a kickstand for holding the thing vertically. If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. And so [Eric] designed his ideal stand to solve all of these problems (video, embedded below). It’s mostly made of laser-cut foam core board, with some layers of poster board added to make the bezel totally flush with the tablet.

[Eric] can snap the tablet in place and use it flat, or fold back the upper half into a stand. It even works well over on the couch, or sitting up in bed. We particularly like the window gasket feet and all the versions of his hinges, which start with strips of cheesecloth and end in grosgrain ribbon. [Eric]’s approach to design always reminds us to keep an open mind about materials and methods. If you try using what you already have, the results may surprise you. Check out the build video after the break.

Maybe you don’t need or want a tablet stand. How about a foam core spray booth?

11 thoughts on “A Foam Core Stand Against Tablet Design

  1. Cool. I’ve been messing with regular carton cardboard, and thicker pressed cardboard for tablet and phone stands. Then I can get a couple of screens lined up next to each other right, instead of at whatever heights and angles their purpose built stands give you.

  2. Oh nice, didn’t know it was his design! Just today I was watching his video on modding the Apple Pencil, saw the stand in that video and thought that was an official Apple accessory. Guess not! =D

  3. Yet another project that makes me really want a laser cutter. Damn it.

    Also check the use of window/door sealer as rubber feet. That’s brilliant. $6 for a lifetime supply, and they’re sticky as all heck, in a friction sense.

    1. You could give it a go using just a regular document printer to make templates that you would glue onto the materials and do the cutting carefully by hand, using knives for the foamcore and possibly a fine hand jewelry style saw for the posterboard.
      Would need to be careful about paper shrinkage from the glue you use though.
      And you’d want a lot of spare blades because they can go dull quickly when working with these materials.

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