Make the new 27-inch iMac even better with these 3D printed hacks

I am presently reviewing the new 27-inch iMac from Apple. Whereas it is very spectacular proper out of the field, I am unable to assist tinkering with new units, which normally means firing up a 3D printer and printing some equipment. 

With its design caught in time for the previous a number of years, the iMac can definitely profit from just a few of those extras. Listed here are those I’ve already added to my iMac setup. 

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Keyboard boosters

The iMac keyboard — Apple calls it the Magic Keyboard — is delightfully compact with nary a millimeter of wasted area. However, it is also very, very flat. Meaning it does not sit at an ergonomically helpful angle, relying on how you want your keyboards to sit down. This pair of clip-on risers lifts the again of the keyboard up a bit, which feels far more like a standard desktop keyboard. I printed a pair they usually snapped onto the underside of the keyboard simply. The .stl file can be found here


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iMac webcam cowl

Among the finest issues concerning the new 2020 iMac is the upgraded webcam, which now runs at a visually pleasing 1080p decision. However even when your Zoom conferences look higher, you do not essentially need it uncovered on a regular basis. I will simply say that the standard knowledge is that you do not actually need to cowl your webcam, it is a very focused safety challenge that most individuals need not fear about. That stated, if it makes you’re feeling extra snug, this cowl is completely sized for the 27-inch iMac. Get the .stl file here


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iMac shelf 

Must hook an exterior drive as much as your iMac? As an alternative of tossing it on the desk, use this easy shelf to carry it. The one-piece design snaps proper onto the iMac’s curved stand and has a floor space of about 4×6 inches. The .stl file is here, and I additionally like this design, which provides extra help for heavier objects. 

Learn extra: The best 3D printer for beginners and budget creators to buy for 2020

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