sugru is the new self-setting rubber for fixing, modifying and making stuff.
sugru can be formed and shaped by hand for up to 30 minutes once it has been removed from its packaging.
Sticks to almost anything
sugru forms a strong bond to metal, ceramics, glass, wood and some plastics like perspex and ABS and rubbers like silicone and butyl rubber.
Air cures at room temperature
sugru is like modelling clay when you take it from its pack. Once it's exposed to air, it cures to a tough flexible silicone overnight using the moisture in the air.
I enjoy watching entertainment programmes on BBC iPlayer in bed before going to sleep. But I just hate holding the iPad for such a long time. There have been a few disagreements between me and my wife as to who would hold the iPad.
I searched the internet for an iPad-stand to solve this problem.
Unfortunately, there were only a few available on the market. But these were bulky, expensive and had to be ordered from across the pond (USA).
So, I decided to make my own. It had to be inexpensive, sturdy and reliable, made from easily available parts. The idea came in the form of an old Anglepoise lamp that was gathering dust. This lamp also had a table clamp which was put to good use.
- An old iPad backcover.
- An old Anglepoise/ retro style table lamp.
- A desk clamp (mine came with the lamp).
- Spanner and screwdriver to remove/ tighten nuts and bolts.
- A packet of sugru.
Firstly, separate the 'head' part (the lamp shade) and wiring from the 'arm' part of the lamp by removing the screws holding them together. We only need the arm part of the lamp. The lamp shade and wiring can either be discarded or put to some other good use.
Now, we need to concentrate on the 'shade joint' - the rotating bit that was previously attached to the lamp shade. We need to attach this to the back of the iPad cover.
Cut open a fresh pack of sugru. Knead it thoroughly between your fingers to get a soft dough like consistency. Attach the plate of the rotating joint to the back of the iPad cover using sugru. Let it cure for about 24 to 48 hours. I used a packet of white sugru as it seemed a perfect match to the iPad cover.
This is how it looks. Removing the lamp shade and wiring and attaching the arm of the lamp to the back of the iPad cover using sugru.
Next, attach the table clamp to the head board of the bed and slot the 'arm' of the lamp into it.
Then, tighten the nuts on the arms so the iPad stand can withhold the weight of the iPad.
You can now place the iPad back into its cover and enjoy pain-free entertainment!
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