1.2 – Pressfit: Prototype II – Laptop Stand

Prototype II – Laptop Stand
Materials – 1/4″ Plywood
Methods – CNC – Techno

Cut File




Changes were made to the previous design by including a new system in which the stopper slides underneath the base.  The riser is then inserted into and under the stopper.  When a laptop is now placed on the stand the moment force is transferred to the stopper and the base creating a static system.

Multipe Uses

The stand’s height may be adjusted by moving the position of the angle piece, allowing for optimal viewing height in different setups.


Future Studies

Additional improvements need to be made to the connections between the riser, stopper and base.  Although the work successfully with one another in Prototype II to create a stable system able to withstand repeated use/minor abuse the connections are not yet clean or optimized.


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4.196 Special Problems in Architectural Design Complete Fabrications Nick Gelpi Mon-Fri, Jan 5-7, 10-11, 13-14, 18, 20-21, 24-25, 27-28, 01-04:00pm, 3-402/7-432studio, 1st mtg Wed 1/5 Pre-register on WebSIS and attend first class. No listeners Prereq: Permission of instructor ; Yr-1 MArch students who have completed 4.123 only Level: H 9 units Standard A - F Grading Can be repeated for credit Lab Fee: 150 A comprehensive introduction to methods of “making” explored through a wide range of brief but focused exercises. Skills = developing complex geometries from flat components; fine-tuning press fit construction, molding and casting, and making repeatable molds for customization. A two-part workshop, the first half will contextualize contemporary tools and techniques within the trajectories of historical case studies of building, combined with hands on familiarization of tools. The second half will implement the tools of our workshop in the context of Design. Working on group design build process for three MIT 150 FAST installations, students will test and influencing designs through the instrumentality of production. These hands-on design build projects are intended to produce reciprocity between skills and design, making more complete the problems of fabrication. Subject limited to year-one MArch students who have completed core-1 studio. Contact: Nick Gelpi, 9-224, 253-9415, -


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