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This versatile, non-slip tablet stand with four viewing options is perfect for FaceTime at the office or watching movies at home! Read more

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This versatile, non-slip tablet stand with four viewing options is perfect for FaceTime at the office or watching movies at home!

About this project

ABS Prototypes of Orion
ABS Prototypes of Orion

The Orion iPad Stand was designed with aesthetics, function, and quality in mind. Each Orion stand will be machined from 6061 T-6 aluminum then anodized either black, gun metal grey, or Kickstarter green. What makes Orion so unique? Orion is comprised of three precision machined, anodized aluminum parts. All three parts are held together using magnets. Each magnet has a pull force rating of 2.2 pounds. There are a total of eight magnets in each Orion stand and together that's over 17 pounds of total pull force strength! Why do I use magnets? Using magnets allows the user to disassemble Orion in a matter of seconds without the need of tools which makes traveling with Orion a snap! Simply pull Orion apart and put it in your computer bag. Orion also has six rubber o-rings that come in contact with your tablet device to provide a soft, nonslip surface when placing your tablet device in the stand. Orion works with all three generations of the iPad as well as many other tablet devices. Orion combines form with function to give you a stand like no other; a true conversation piece on any desk or countertop.

45 Degree Viewing Angle
45 Degree Viewing Angle
17 Degree Viewing Angle
17 Degree Viewing Angle
Closer look at the parts that make up Orion
Closer look at the parts that make up Orion
Orion in use
Orion in use

Specifications

  • Two viewing angles: 17 degree and 45 degree angles.
  • Provides portrait or landscape viewing in either angle (Four viewing positions in total).
  • All three parts are CNC machined from billet 6061 T-6 aluminum.
  • Six rubber o-rings provide a soft surface for your iPad device to rest on, while providing nonslip performance on surfaces.
  • Works with all three generations of the iPad as well as other tablet devices.
  • You can use your charger while using Orion.
  • Length: 4.9" 
  • Width: 3.3" 
  • Height: 3.3"
  • Material: 6061 T-6 billet aluminum
  • Finish: Anodized 
  • 100% MADE IS THE USA

Current Status

I've been working on the design of Orion for over nine months now. I've made several ABS prototypes (see youtube video) to help resolve any and all design issues. Using rapid prototyping has allowed me to refine the design and make the necessary changes to ensure a fantastic, functional finished product. The video shows the ABS prototypes I developed, but with your support I can take Orion from the ABS prototypes used in the video intoprecision machinedproduction parts.I already have a local company here in the USA lined up to manufacture all the parts of Orion. I'm currently working with the company to develop five aluminum samples. Images of those aluminum samples will be added to Kickstarter as soon as they are finished. 

Where the money goes....

  • Material: Billet 6061 T-6 aluminum, rubber o-rings, and magnets.
  • Production costs: CNC machined parts.  
  • Finish: Hard anodized finish on all parts.
  • Laser etching: Etching the logo and serial numbers on the limited edition models.
  • Packaging
  • Shipping

Risks and challenges

Materials: Orion is made entirely of aluminum and a potential issue could be the price of aluminum at the moment of placing the order. The price could be higher. However, the factory that I'm working with has enough aluminum on hand to produce over 2000 units at this time. Therefore, it's unlikely the price will be effected. If the project exceeds 2000 units I've been assured by the manufacturer that the price per unit will not change.

Manufacturing:
Orion will be manufactured in the USA from a local factory in San Diego. All CNC machining will done at this factory. The turnaround time for 500 units is one week. The parts will then be sent to another local company to be anodized. Once that process is complete each part will have "Orion" laser etched onto it as well as serial numbers on the limited edition versions.

Assembly:
All units will then be shipped to me. Once I receive them I will add the rubber orings, magnets, package them and ship them.

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    I'm extremely humbled and eternally grateful for your support. Along with a big thank you I'll list your name on the Innovative Design San Diego website as a supporter.

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    Early bird gets the worm! Help get this project started! One Orion Stand in your choice of black or gun metal grey. (Please specify color when pledging). Compatible with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation iPads. Retail value is $129.95. Free US shipping; please add $20 for shipping outside the US.

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    One Orion Stand in your choice of black or gun metal grey. (Please specify color when pledging). Compatible with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation iPads. Retail value is $129.95. Free US shipping; please add $20 for shipping outside the US.

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    One Orion Stand in limited edition Kickstarter green. This will only be available to Kickstarter supporters. Each stand will include a serial number 001-200. Compatible with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation iPads. Free US shipping; please add $20 for shipping outside the US.

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