The Smart Stand is a holder / stand for use with modern smart devices. The stand comes in a phone or tablet version and was designed to enable users to hold their device on a specific angle for video calls and staged photos in particular... but it's also a great little stand for general use.
Most other phone / tablet stands have a fixed angle or, if they can be adjusted, are limited to a number of angles that may or may not be just right for the video or photo needs at the time.
The basic concept of this design is that it should hold any phone or tablet and be angle adjustable from nearly vertical (-5°) to tilted way back back and close to horizontal (i.e. at an unusable angle for photos and video / -70°). Although the number of devices this has been tested on is limited, the files posted should work in this way for most phones and tablets.
The holder should accommodate and function well with any phone or tablet up to 15mm thick. Just drop the phone or tablet into the holder, tilt back with the nut and bolt loosened to some extent then tighten at the desired angle... very simple. If your phone or tablet is thicker than 15mm all parts can be uniformly scaled up to accommodate the greater thickness (eg. Your tablet measures 16.5mm. Divide this value into the standard maximum of 15mm and the result is 1.10... so scale all parts up uniformly by 10%).
The assembly is also very compact. The phone version measures just 65mm x 35mm (excluding the nut and bolt) or 65mm x 49mm (with the nut and bolt... which only increases the width on one end. In the closed position the stand is 22.5mm tall. In use the stand and holder parts rotate to extend to a maximum length of 105mm. The tablet version is 10mm longer when closed and 20mm longer when opened and is 90mm wide instead of 35mm (i.e. the tablet version closed is 75mm x 90mm). The tablet version needed to be wider to accommodate the extra width of a tablet and longer so tablets inserted in the portrait orientation are less likely to want to flip the stand backwards at angles greater than 45°. The additional 10mm in length achieves this on the tablets tested.
There are four parts to be printed... the holder, the stand, the bolt and the nut. They are all easy prints if well sliced with a precise app and printed on a well set up machine. Make sure you download the correct versions... all tablet or all phone. However, the 'nut' is common to both assemblies.
Assembly is also quick and easy although a degree of force is required to push the holder and stand parts together. This is necessary to push past the tapered sections which are there to ensure the stand can be easily locked in place at any angle... so the stand won't flop down under the weight of the phone or tablet. The tapered sections increase the mating surface areas being tightened together by the nut and bolt. The end result functions well with all phones and tablets tested.
Please refer to the print settings, images and additional information provided to help ensure great results. Please also post images of your Smart Stand/s in use for other members to see.
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