Designing, Printing, Making a Thing

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Working in Washington, D.C., one can get a bit tired of the monotony in banging their head against a wall whilst crafting policy or advocating for ‘innovative technology solutions’.


One longs for the concrete, the real, the tangible impact of ones times well spent.

Well, I’m not immune to this longing, and that I guess explains why I’ve gotten into 3d design and printing. It’s cool — but I can also make something real; something useful.

Propr Thing Holding

Launching the Propr Handle

I made an accessory that helps to make it easier to hold and position your tablet device or phone.

I call it a ‘Propr Handle’ and I launched a Kickstarter to support its development and to launch an initial release of the device itself.

I invented the Propr Handle as a way to solve a little challenge in my daily reading habits.

The Propr Handle problem

While you’re sitting or laying in bed reading on a flat screen, your hands, arms, even back become uncomfortable and tired rather quickly from the way that you have hold and position this thing — it’s just unnatural and awkward.

Propr Thing Sitting

I’m certainly not the first to have thought of this and tried to come up with a solution — there are a lot of cases and clunky stands out there — but I was looking for something simpler, portable, more convenient, and wouldn’t force me to buy a new case for every device.

Using a 3D printer and many iterations of designing, printing, assembling, and testing various solutions, I’ve landed on something that just works for me.

Using the Propr Handle

It’s pretty simple, really. It’s got a suction cup at one end, and so you just press it on the back, twist to tighten the suction, and you’re good to go. If you want to take it off, simply twist the other way. It can be used with any flat surface or case and doesn’t cause any damage.

Propr Thing Snap On

What’s more, is that you can use it to prop up your device on a desk or table.

It’s small, it’s lightweight, it’s sturdy. You can just toss it in your bag and you’re all set.

With your support, I’ll be able finalize the design, and streamline the manufacturing process.

Propr Thing Build

It may not change the world, but it’s a pretty effective solution to a small challenge in your daily reading habit.