main Semi-Hermetic Compressor section

Measure and clamp the sheet in place and peel any protective plastic well out of the way. Make sure you get a decent-sized acrylic sheet, we’ll need about 7 to 10cm for the rear fold and 3 to 5cm for the front fold then 20 to 30cm for the main Semi-Hermetic Compressor section. We’ve opted for a 3mm thick sheet that costs less than $8, but for laptops over 3kg use a sheet 4mm thick. Choose a low-power fan as it’ll only be supplied with 5v rather than the required 12v. Flip the laptop over and mark out where the cooling vents are, drill/cut slowly otherwise you’ll crack the


1. Evenly heat the sheet where you want the fold. Solder the black and red connections together. That could be it right there, but we’re going to add extra cooling. Pop on protective Heat Pump Unit gloves and use the heat gun on a ‘cool’ 300°C setting.

6. At its heart this make is superbly easy, but due to the hot-air gun, we’d recommend a workbench. Use a laptop on your coffee table for more than five minutes and you’re transformed into a warped and twisted, hunchbacked visage of a human being, proclaiming thanks that she did, indeed, give us water and the internets.

An A3-sized acrylic sheet should be fine for most laptops enough. We bent this completely back on itself to make a comfortable fold if we rest it on our legs. To make a neat finish, counter sink screw holes in the plastic, so the fan screws will be flush. Once you’ve made the back fold.


3. And while we do thank the clever clogs for pointing out a book shoved under the back of the laptop would do just that, it’s hardly what we’d call an elegant solution as we try and raise ourselves above the level of tramp.


What we need is something that raises and angles your fine laptop into a more human-friendly angle. This will take a good few minutes.

9. If you’re running a performance laptop then it’s easy to add cooling via an extra case fan powered off a USB port.



Laptops might have been designed with portability and long battery life in mind, but they weren’t designed for comfort. Our final touch is to add a strip of silicon rubber or you could use rubber pads to stop the laptop from slipping. You just need to vary the height of the back-end to adjust the angle.

As it happens it’s easy enough to grab an acrylic sheet and bend the two ends to produce an effective custom laptop stand. Take an existing USB cable and strip a suitable length of cable