As already known for a long time, the stand of the iMacs (27 inch) from 2012 to mid-2014 is often broken.
With these models it happens (not all of them) that the hinge is worn out and the screen position can't be changed anymore or, as in my case, the screen constantly tilts forward.
3D printed holder to repair iMac Stand
After some Googling and proven repair costs with Apple of about 100,- EUR (about 120 USD) I finally found a useful and above all favorable solution.
Thanks to the 3D printer. 🙂
At thingiverse you can download a free STL file for your 3D printer. The printout of this plastic holder solves my problem, because through the tube and the two nuts for countering, this can easily bring the monitor into the desired end position by a few thread turns, in which the screen stays.
Material and power costs for 3D printing are a few cents, depending on the material used to print the whole thing. I decided to buy a cheap 3D printer PLA. In my case, the printing took about 4 hours with a resolution or layer thickness of 0.2mm.
The tube fits perfectly through the opening on the stand and the screws can be easily placed on the thread. All in all a great solution for my old iMac, which will be able to do its job for some time until a new one is needed sometime in the future.
Actually i save money for the new 2018 model. 😉 Apple iMac (27-Inch Retina 5K display: 3.8GHz quad-core Intel Core i5, 16GB RAM, 2TB Fusion Drive).
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