MakerBot Watch

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MakerBot Watch by MakerBot Nov 21, 2012

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The Design Team over here at MakerBot have perfected the art of making links for this MakerBot Watch that print in place without needing to be assembled. Once removed from the build plate, they move freely, and can be taken apart and snapped back together. Feel free to download the design and adapt it for your own purpose.

Mix and match your favorite colors to create an awesome watch for any occasion! Contrast the band with the pop-out bezel, or make links in multiple colors for an interesting two-tone band.

Created by Matt Kroner, John Briscella, and John Dimatos


For best results, print with the following settings:


Infill = 0

Layer Height = .25

Shells = 0

Everything Else:

Infill = 10

Layer Height = .25

Shells = 1

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Has anyone tried fitting a mechanism in it?

I'm in the process of re-mixing the body so it will hold the mechanism of a £3 watch I got from my local street market.

Printed the strap in one piece, with PLA, seems to work a treat...

Will share if it works...

to get a WORKING MakerBot watch............Go online to MOMA (museum of modern art )
there you will find the watch for sale......me thinks it is about $60.

I made a clone of these links that print side by side but not connected. Once you put them together they're really rigid and hold alot better http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:31902http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

Makerbot Watch Psuedo-clone

Printed, and while it looks great, the links didn't hold together well - they're just held by little bumps that fit into little dents, but not strongly enough to wear, at least with the relatively soft ABS I printed with. PLA is stiffer, so that might work better. But given that the parts are printed assembled, and there has to be a gap between them, I don't see how it could be a really solid fit.

Perhaps it would be better to print them separately and then assemble them? Then they could be exact fits, without leaving a gap, which might allow the bumps to fit into the holes more snugly.Alternatively I'm wondering whether it'd be possible to print the parametric belt http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:33911http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... small enough to work as a watch band. That belt has the parts permanently linked, which should be stronger. The challenge would be making the pins through the links print well at a much smaller size. Might be a fun tuning/calibration challenge.Alternatively, perhaps the links could be threaded together? I've seen bracelets made from links threaded onto elastic, which could work for a watch. Not as cool as 100% printed, I suppose, but a lot stronger, and you'd really only see the printed parts, since the elastic is inside the links. Hmm.

Parametric MakerBelt
by laird

This watch band is a joke.  I've printed it with the recommended settings and the links just do not hold together  at all.  Frankly I don't see how they could given the design.  I'm going to explore other watch bands to see if I can get better results with them.

This is amazing!
I'm printing the watch currently..  The ends curled up a bit, so I need to redo the clasp.  Do you have the .stl file for just the closed end of the clasp?

Yeah, I'm "watching" it.

So what watch mechanism will fit into this? Is this sort of thing standardized?

A few questions:

  • You mention that it's for sale "online or at the MakerBot retail store" but I don't see it listed either in the line store or the MakerBot retail store.
  • Can you say what watch mechanism this is designed for? I'm going to print this band, but it needs a mechanism to be really cool. Or do you plan to sell watch mechanisms the way you sell MP3 player electronics?

You could use this derivative - 

...and thereby use an iPod nano (6th gen) as the watch mechanism.  

MakerBot Watch - iPod 6th Gen adapter - Fully Printable

Very cool, thanks!