We’ve had two of these iPad keyboards and they are quite nice other than having a very poorly designed corner holders. Needless to say they broke within just days after purchase, nothing surprising with kids in the house. I haven’t thrown them away and kept them around for years hoping they might be useful some day. That day has come and I will show you how a simple fix has brought life back to these sad and lonely keyboards!
After sawing off the broken parts, I came up with two designs. One is a replacement for the broken corner only and leaves the other original corner. The other extends on the entire top side and replaces both the original corner holders. I used this honeycomb design to save on material and not spend eternity redesigning the wheel. I modified that model in the following ways:
- I made the bottom thinner since it was too thick
- I sliced away the case to create the corner version and top side only
- I cut sliced away the casing where iPad buttons are to allow easier access
And the final result, a very good result, the full holder seems very strong and tight, there is new life for this keyboard.
Conclusion and after thoughts:
- The corner design is OK but doesn’t hold as strong as the full length design so I recommend going with the longer one if you have print bed space to print it
- The 3D printed replacement has much more holding area so I think they will last longer and won’t break easily
- Even if these break I can re-print.
- A good 3d modelling exercise in customizing an existing design for a quick fix.
- You can download the design from Thingiverse here.
Let me know if this helped you resurrect your old broken keyboards 😉