Books, picture frames, mirrors, and signage can all be displayed on stands that students design and fabricate. They might design for their own uses, but this project seems like a great one for on-campus needs investigation. Would the front desk like a custom stand to display signage for visitors? Could the library use a stand to display recommended reads? Might a stand enliven a teacher’s desk or bookshelf?
The "Extrusion" tool in Shape Generators can let you add curvy cutouts in your stand's design.
Something like a "Featured Author" stand might be great for libraries or classrooms.
Let’s look at two approaches for design. A slot-to-fit design can either be 3D printed or laser cut. The two arms will create a 90 degree angle, so the notches where the book or picture rests will need to be about 50% wider than the item. The upright 3D printed model can have notches that are just a bit wider than the widest item you expect to display.
Slot to fit stands can be 3D printed or laser cut while upright models are designed to print.
The first six minutes of this video walks through making a slot-to-fit design, and the last half explores an upright printed design approach.
Stands can showcase beautiful objects both large and small.