Apple Watch Charging Dock - Classic Mac

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Apple Watch Charging Dock - Classic Mac by option8 Dec 21, 2015

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[updated February 5, 2016: should be easier to print. Removed the feet from the insert, thickened the bezel and other sections. Removed some overhangs. Opened up the slot at the top.]

This is a two-part charging dock for the Apple Watch.

Part 1 (stand) holds the wireless charging puck in place. Part 2 (shell) slides on top, and provides a place to set your Apple Watch. Slots in the sides of the shell hold the watch steady by its band, while the magnetic charger keeps it in place to charge. The screen lines up with the Mac's screen, so you can see the display while the watch is in Night Stand mode.

Don't have a 3D printer (yet)? Printed models are available at Shapeways:
Available in Mac Plus: https://www.shapeways.com/product/G7DAQ2MJF/apple-watch-dock-mac-plus
Mac SE: https://www.shapeways.com/product/AASXYMVD2/apple-watch-dock-mac-se
Mac SE/30: https://www.shapeways.com/product/FDSCJ6NJD/apple-watch-dock-mac-se-30

Note: Requires the insert to hold your charger:

Painted and finished models are available at my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/listing/255372973/classic-macintosh-styled-apple-watch

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anyone else getting "the object is not manifold" in repetier?

i uploaded it to https://netfabb.azurewebsites.net/ and repaired the file.

Hello, I think there may be an issue with the updated file. It is really strange, it looks good in the slicer and appears to be a complete model. But I have tried printing it 3 times and it prints perfectly except it cuts off the top 1/4". Never seen anything like this

I haven't heard from anyone else with similar problems. What's your slicer/printer combo?

Great project, although I am going to adjust this slightly and change it so that I can put a tiny OLED display instead of the watch, it would make a fantastic old-school style Apple computer simulation for your desk !!

This is also a good starting point: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:362129

I have a few models specifically with tiny displays in mind as well, if you like Apple II era machines and Raspberry Pi. I haven't finished my Mac Pi case quite yet :)

Classic Mac iPod Nano Dock
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Really clever - great idea

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For those folks having trouble fitting the larger watch in the current version, can you take some photos showing where it is too tight? The prints I've gotten from Shapeways are all fitting fine.

My handle is option8. You can email me at gmail.

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Hmm, thinking of remixing this so it's a permanent face for the apple watch, not just a dock. Will post if/when I make it, though I don't have an Apple watch, so I'll have to go off the dimensions on Apple's site, or somewhere else. :)

This is brilliant. Great idea!

This makes me want to go buy an Apple Watch!

Is this for a 42mm or 38mm Watch? As My girlfriend and I have one of each. I'd like this dock for my 42 but you know, she may want one as well.

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It will fit either size. The watch is held in place by the magnet in the charger and the straps, regardless of size.

Dec 28, 2015 - Modified Dec 28, 2015

Just finished a 13 hour print of this model at .15mm sliced via Simplify3D. I have a couple of tips to save you some effort:

  1. Print this at 100% infill. I printed at 25% and the front bezel is just so thin that it will snap easily if you use anything less than 100%. You will be putting a lot of strain on the front bezel whenever you insert/remove your watch.
  2. Make sure you use supports. The base of the insert is raised up on tiny feet. The front case is also raised up. I would suggest a 10% infill on your supports... there will be a lot of them and they will be hard to remove if you take your support infill % is too high.
  3. There is an open slot where the handle is on the top of the outer casing. Be real careful about how much support prints in that cavity as it will be really difficult to remove. I was so focused on the bottom of the models, that I missed this cavity on the top.

Thanks for the tips! I'll try and take some time with the model to make it easier to print.

It looks like you would suggest:

  • removing the feet from the base of the insert, so it's flat on the bottom.
  • filling the hollow of the handle
  • thickening the front bezel

anything else?

I think a little bit of thickening overall would be helpful to make it more rugged and heftier.

I agree. Is there going to be an update soon?


I like to make the walls in my models an even multiple of my nozzle diameter. I think 0.4mm nozzles are pretty common, so I make most walls 1.6mm thick and print with 2 shells.

Dec 28, 2015 - Modified Dec 28, 2015
RobertLyleSeaton - in reply to option8

those three would go a long way to making it easier to print.

I usually don't commit to a highly-detailed print of an item until I run a test print, but I got super excited about this one and broke my rule. Going to reprint now at .15mm and 100% infill. Should take about 16-20 hours to print it again. I'll post nice pics once it is done.

Edit: Actually I only have to reprint the outer case... so it will be done a bit sooner.

If I wasn't traveling for the holidays, I'd tell you to hold off a bit, and I'd have a new STL for you to try.

If you can wait a few days, though, I'll be able to update the model with those changes.

option8, I'm looking forward to printing this excellent design but have been holding off in anticipation of an update. Do you still plan to make the model easier to print? Thanks!

just updated.

Good timing! I'll give it a try soon. Thanks!

hello option8 i tried to print but the print failed aroung 50% after and the model came out a bit twisted.

Awesome design! And great print quality - what type of printer do you have?

Until I get something of my own, I get all my designs printed at Shapeways.