Apple AirPods Charge Dock

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Apple AirPods Charge Dock by jimbojsb Dec 21, 2016
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UPDATE 3: I'm calling this probably the final version. Tolerances have been reworked such that a friction fit for the lightning connector will likely work for you. If you prefer a more positive lock, there is now a hole for a M3x15 socket cap set screw. Keep in mind that using the set screw WILL put a small dimple in the soft lightning connector plastic. I recommend threading the screw in until you see it just come flush with the cable pathway. Then put in and position your cable. A quarter turn to just barely snug the set screw should be sufficient. The woodfill prints pictured are at .2mm and 100% infill, which gives this a nice heavy feel that won't move around on the desk too much. Lastly, an M3x15 will hang out about 1mm or so from the hole. To get the fit pictured, I cut off a bit, probably more like an M3x13 now.

UPDATE 2: A new version is forthcoming that includes a place for an M3 set screw to firmly hold the cable end in place rather than using friction alone.

UPDATE: Third revision - no longer requires supports

A charging dock for the Apple AirPods case. Leave the case on your desk in it's little dock, and it's always charged. Also can hold the case upright and open so if you take out the earbuds you can quickly stow them.

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"Clearances* have been reworked such that a friction fit for the lightning connector will likely work for you." Tolerances specify a plus/minus range of acceptable values. Clearances determine the fit and feel.

I really wish there was an iPod Nano 7th gen charging dock similar to this design.

I ordered this and love it. The only problem is the cord keeps falling out of the bottom. I saw that it has a hole for a screw to hold it in. What size screw should I use?

printed this yesterday, the airpod case fit incredibly snugly to the point i was afraid it would break, the cable did not fit at all.

Printing this today on Makerbot Replicator 2. Airpods are here now, and having a stand will be awesome. I am using 1mm height and 90% infle with Snow White filament to match the AirPod's case. Thank you for this design.

Printed this today on ultimaker 2+ with the default settings. It's a great design and the case fits perfectly. I haven't wired it up yet but I did a test fit and my apple lightning cable didn't easily insert so I will likely have to file it out a bit. I did thread a 3m machine screw in. It was was a 10mm I believe and it did thread through into the cable channel. Great design

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So awesome to see this. My AirPods don't come in until next year, have gone by the Apple Store a few times, but gave up on that. Will add this to my "to Print" list. btw, Are there any good models of the AirPods out there, so I can test the fit in my ears?

Nice design!
Could you post the measurements you used in your design, specifically the radius of curvature for the airpods case.
Much appreciated.

I attached the base sketch that this design is built off of. Note - the measurements there are not of the case itself, they are a fraction of a millimeter bigger so the case fits inside appropriately.

Do you have the CAD files available? My 3D printer tolerances are likely different than yours.

I modeled this in Fusion 360. There isn't, as far as I'm aware, a good way to export a .obj or .step file from that. If your printer is dimensionally accurate, you should be fine. Let me know how it goes, it'd be quicker for me just to bump a dimension on the sketch md upload an alternate version.

What about a cad file for the AirPods themselves so I can model a different kind of case from it?

I assume you mean the individual buds, in which case, I can't help I don't have that. If you mean the cad for the charge case, there is a diagram in the pics that has the dimensions.

Nah not the buds. I was looking for a true model of the case that included the curves, I'm going to try to encase both the top and bottom of the case in a thin enclosure, to be printed in wood for sanding and staining.

I didn't model the case itself but it's a plain rounded rectanglular prism, nothing special there. The radius of the curves is documented in the diagram I attached.

Well, I took on the challenge, and I feel like I've succeeded. These are made in SolidWorks but I can export in STEP.


File -> Export -> Type -> {F3D/IGES/SAT/SMT/STEP}