Laptop Holder

Made by mjkern

I plan to make a vertical laptop holder which hangs off of my bed next to my desk and has cable holders on the side to keep connectors nearby. Also, it will have proper ventilation so that my laptop does not overheat.

Created: December 2nd, 2018

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0.1 Intention

I am trying to solve the problem of my inconveniently located laptop when I am using an external monitor

I am motivated by frustration with lack of desk space and a desire for more efficiency

I would like to build a holder that has easy access to ports, cable holders, good ventilation, and is compact and out of the way

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0.2 Research & Context

This holder would be somewhere in between a docking station and a vertical laptop stand. That said, it will not have any electrical components, and will hang next to my desk instead of taking up precious space by sitting on it

Other options either don’t save space on my desk or don’t provide easy access to ports

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0.3 Aesthetic Inspiration

Bedside book holders inspired my hanging holder idea, and I modeled the cable holders off of other work I found:

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0.4 Sketches

I made a number of sketches before I got started:

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  0.5 Process & Procedure 

This included... 

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A) Sketches (see above)

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B) A cardboard prototype

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C) 3d printed prototypes of the cable holders

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D) Cad Modeling

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E) Laser-cutting the body

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F) Sanding the sharp edges

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G) Bending the body

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E) Some clean up work

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F) Printing some supports

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G) Glueing the supports to the body

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H) Printing the revised cable holders (waiting in queue)

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J) Final assembly (todo)

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I) Post-processing and attaching the cable holders (todo)

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1.0 Reflection

I ended up making some major changes to accommodate the timeline for this project. I had originally planned to make the body of my holder out of wood, but living hinges take practice to perfect so I opted to bend acrylic instead (which I have more experience with). This led me to bend the hook for the bed instead of 3d printing that part because it was more simple, so the cable holders became independent parts. Also, my cardboard prototype revealed that having the cable holders on the other side would be more convenient, so I changed that around as well.

That said, however, the general idea of my project did not change much and my final project looks a lot like my cardboard prototype.

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2.0 Renderings (this was about the best resolution my computer could handle):

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3.0 Images

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4.0 Final Presentation:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1t1pXICliAICPhOP0dcQgaFBvDsckzb1D_oETQY7GxuY/edit?usp=sharing

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I plan to make a vertical laptop holder which hangs off of my bed next to my desk and has cable holders on the side to keep connectors nearby. Also, it will have proper ventilation so that my laptop does not overheat.