A case for an iPad is almost as important as the device itself. While there is a growing array proprietary and third-party cases for the ubiquitous tablet, there are many custom designs that can be done by regular individuals with a little digital know-how. A leather case can be made for the iPad from scrap or new leather using the SolidWorks program and a digital production equipment piece like a laser cutter. The biggest investment is the cutter itself which can be borrowed, rented, or purchased. Some people have even built their own laser cutters using open source software and technical guides. Traditional methods like a scalpel blade or shape knife could suffice in a pinch.
- The piece of leather should be about 1/8 inch thick and at least 3/4 inches larger than the iPad.
- Use vector design software and CAD for designing and adding a logo or graphics.
- After laser cutting the leather, use a laser for the engraving of the artwork.
“The pictures show it on an iPad 1, but it works just as well on the iPad 2 and iPad 3.”