Author Topic: Apple engineers messed up the VESA mount dimensions  (Read 85 times)

Offline Robert Hancock

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Apple engineers messed up the VESA mount dimensions
« on: June 13, 2019, 05:23:46 PM »
The 24" VESA mount is supposed to fit the Apple Thunderbolt 27" display and there are YouTube videos on the subject showing how easy it is to fit. I have a boxed Apple VESA kit bought at least 10 years ago S/H from SofMap Shinjuku and a 27" TB display, so I tried the job today.
Long story short, the steel bar with 8 screws fits fine on the screen back after the Apple stand is removed, but the actual VESA plate is misaligned with the horizontal-axis screws on the left and right sides by about 5 mm.  I made it fit temporarily by hand-filing back the two plate flanges by 5 mm—it was a long hot job even though the material is only 5-mm wide Al alloy.
To finish the job a little nicer, I'll take it off again and mill the edge back by another 0.5 mm as well as machine two cutbacks along the sides while at Tokyo Hacker Space next Tuesday to refit the removed Apple plastic edging.
Looks nice on my desktop arms though.
« Last Edit: June 13, 2019, 05:26:39 PM by Robert Hancock »
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Offline Robert Hancock

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Re: Apple engineers messed up the VESA mount dimensions
« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2019, 05:46:44 AM »
It's not just Apple engineers.

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Picture 2—Botched repair after sixth visit by service engineer

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