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Macbook Pro Dock Cable (Thunderbolt & MagSafe 2)

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Macbook Pro Dock Cable (Thunderbolt & MagSafe 2) by TheKre8Group Jan 7, 2014

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Apple computers are pretty good, unfortunately their Thunderbolt ports aren't, they're way too loose.

Any movement will rattle the connector and "break" the connection, not super cool if you're using the Thunderbolt for file transfer or for an external monitor.

So we came up with this little gadget to secure both the Thunderbolt and MagSafe 2 connectors together, effectively providing the strength of the MagSafe magnet to the Thunderbolt connector.

As a result nothing moves, and everything works all the time :-)

This was designed to work with a Macbook Pro Retina 15-inch (Late 2013) i'm not sure if it will work on others.

The cable fit very tightly inside in order to provide a firm hold on the connectors, if your printer makes it too tight you may choose to scale it by a few percents.

I've made the Two and Three cable dock, for those who wish to use both Thunderbolt connectors.

Enjoy.

It can also be purchased on Shapeways : http://www.shapeways.com/shops/PrototypeAsia

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Hi, this is like the 10th cable holder I'm printing, and on every single one the holes are much too small to fit the connectors, but my printer is printing at the right scale as the holes are perfectly aligned with the macbook connectors, any idea ?

You can always sand the holes down....

Otherwise FFF/FDM printers aren't the most accurate of technologies. Use a vernier calliper and compare the holes on the printed to those in the STL, then tweak the whole sizes in magics to get it to print so it fits.

Will this work if i am using a Magsafe 1 to Magsafe 2 adapter?

My Thunderbolt display requires me to use one of these.

http://images.anandtech.com/reviews/mac/retinaMacBookPro/DSC_7497.jpg

Hi, It's really only meant for the Magsafe 2, the adapter is much bigger and will not fit in the hole.

Hey thanks for the response. Is there a product that I can buy which will work with the little adapter? This disconnecting thunderbolt display is driving me loco and I have a feeling its actually screwing up the performance of my comp.

I found these but I don't know how to purchase them. It seems that they're only available for download and I don't have access to a 3D printer.

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:262076

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:202491

Cable tidy for 15 inch Retina Macbook Pro in OpenSCAD
MacBook Pro Retina Connection Lock

Would love to see a version including the USB port! For a standard apple USB cable - e.g. Apple keyboard.

Hi, I thought about it, but because the USB ports don't have the rattle problems like the Thundersbolt connect does I opted not to (and I don't have a wired apple keyboard or mouse to test). If you have Magics, you could always extrude the front edge and perforate a right sized hole in the extension (about 5 minutes of work in Magics).

Where did you get your filament?

Hi George, it's not filament, it's photo-polymerising resin. This part was produced with an Objet (Stratasys) printer.

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