I've always been interested in coming up with new ways for device mounts. From folding cardboard years ago to now, I've gotten a bit better. Here are some of my designs for various devices, 3D Printed on my personal printer and designed in my free time using PTC Creo
I wanted to make a phone stand that was collapsible and aesthetically pleasing. I decided to make one in the shape of an artist’s easel with various self-interacting components to give as a gift to my mom, an artist. I designed the easel to collapse and lay flat on a surface or prop open at different angles using a simple ratcheting mechanism similar to that found in pool lounge chairs. To support devices during charging, I provided a slot through which a smartphone could charge while being held by the easel. Unfortunately, that feature does not work well with a case.
I modeled this by using Creo’s skeleton assembly feature with various planes and sketches to ensure adequate clearance between parts. Within the skeleton moel, I sketched the curvature of the wishbone-like support and the V-shaped locking mechanism in such a way that they would collapse flat without interference. I also modeled the shape of the shelf and the cutout so that the shelf would lock when extended but have sufficient clearance when closed. Due to assembly and structural concerns, I made a second variation on the design that used dowel pins instead of 3D printed geometry for assembly
The pictures of my fully 3D-printed design were printed in woodfill-PLA.
Variable TABLET MOUNT