3D Printed DIY Book Cradle - Your Own Book Holder and Display!
When I set off in search of a book cradle, I found dozens of possible designs, each one cleverer than the next. Many held your book pages open for you, but I needed one that only cradled the book because I planned on creating my own book press for converting print books to digital. I'd seen some great DIY designs made from cardboard and wood, but I'm a 3D-printing hobbyist! I wanted to 3D print a holder for the books I planned to scan.
After some exploration, I encountered a design that I liked over on Thingiverse: a simple book cradle that would do the job I needed without getting in the way of the book press plate I planned to create.
But, once printed, I knew that the design would be one others would fall in love with for ordinary use as a reading support (especially for large books), or as a display method. The design is so wonderfully unassuming, it does exactly what it needs to do without getting in the way: and I could see this being used by students, academics, and librarians (as well as those who just want a cool display for their home bookshelf).