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Tiny Apple Watch Nightstand... Stands... *NEW*

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Tiny Apple Watch Nightstand... Stands... *NEW* by thbruun Jun 15, 2015
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Update 18th of January 2016

As a thanks for the massive amount of downloads and feedback, here are updated versions for both sizes and a completely new version (also for both sizes).

The files named "H6" are updated from the old version, they have a slightly thicker frame to prevent breaking when the charger is inserted. Some sanding/filing is still required unless you want to scale it up to 101-103%. Hard to say exactly how much, as all printers are slightly different. This version needs support, and maybe a raft (I use rafts).

The files named "T1" are completely new. Even smaller than the previous version and needs no support. The cable exits on a slightly higher angle, so it might interfere with some bands, let me know if that is the case and I'll see what I can do. The higher angle makes it so that its flat on your nightstand even without the weight of the watch, or something tacking it down to the surface. My custom 24mm nylon-strap which is rather stiff works fine with this, but any feedback is appreciated. The only finish-work I did was to remove the raft.

The 38mm-versions are not tested (as I don't have one), so if they're wrong please let me know as soon as possible.

Hope you like it! :)

My prints were done at 0,2mm layer height, 3 shells, 8% infill, with raft, support on "H6", none on "T1".

Inspired by the "Nightstand-mode" in watchOS 2, here's a couple of horizontal nightstand-charging-stands... I use some blue-tack on the underside to prevent it from sliding around when I try to shut the alarm up in the morning. Enjoy. :)


Rotate 90 degrees so that the base is flat on the buildplate. 200 micron, 2-3 shells,. Maybe a raft. Support only needed on "H6".

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Apple charger doesn't stay in, the opening for it is too loose and it falls out. Anyone fix that yet? Will be a while till I get around to it (have 3 store bought stands and am in no hurry).

I've had the opposite experience with a little bit of sanding required to make it fit. These things depend on how your printer is configured. You could try to resize it to 98-99% in your slicer, that should probably do it. If you have some good calipers you could also measure to see how much off it is.

I was going to address it with some ridges inside the ring, I was also going to add an edge to one of the sides (haven't made up my mind yet) too. So that it won't come out the front or the back. Was going to also thicken the base and angle the wire outlets. Not sure if clear but basically some of the improvements Spigen has made to the design: http://www.spigen.co.uk/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/1000x1000/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/a/p/apple_watch_350_stand_detail_02_1024x1024_2_6.jpg

Anyway I'm new to this and will take a while to get around to it, if I make any improvements I'll let you know as I'm sure you'll be farther along than I am.

Hi! Just a small update. I'm going to make a better version of this soon. I was planning to do it over the holidays, but there was never any time. Add to this I nearly cut my finger off in a soup-making related accident and a really painful root-canal-issue I haven't been all that up to the task after the new year either. But now my tooth is almost pain-free and my finger should stay on according to the doctor, so I'll give it another stab (pun intended) over the weekend. I see several of you have issues with it breaking, so I'll make a stronger version of the original as well as the new design-idea I have in my head. This time I'll post both 42 and 38 mm-versions. Thanks for all your comments, likes, makes and downloads. :)

it seems with the new version the ring that holds the magnet is quite fragile. I printed this for a friend and it broke with just the slight bit of pressure. is there a way to make this a bit thicker so that the slot that holds the cable portion isnt so weak.

See my new comment. :)

Thank you, but too small and too fragile to the charger.

See my new comment. :)

What's the difference between H4 and H5?

H5 is the newest version so far. It's about 60-70% the size of the H4-version. Sorry for the late reply, I just posted a comment where I explain why and what's coming.

Any updates on the 38mm version?

See my new comment. :)

For those that have printed how long did it take?

0.1mm, 8 shells, 20inf, 200mm/s, 7 mins...

Whoa! 200mm/s? What sort of printer do you have?

Its a DICE (well-engineered.net) - supertiny and superfast

That thing looks awesome. The build-area is a bit too small for my use but the design looks brilliant. I have a Rep2, but at work we have a couple of Ultimakers, and the bowden-feeder has been a bit problematic, especially for flexible materials, but with a 35cm feed-length it should probably work rather well.

Nov 17, 2015 - Modified Nov 17, 2015
thbruun - in reply to andrewmoore24

0,2mm layer height, 4 shells, 10% infill, 80mm/s printspeed, raft and support on a Makerbot Rep2: Approximately 41 minutes and 7,83g of material used on the smaller new version. :)

I printed this 3% larger. Original size was a little bit tight on my magnetic charging cable.

Yes, it is a bit snug. This is on purpose though, as I prefer a bit of sanding to it being too loose. The good thing about shapes like these are that scaling is always an option, as the shapes are quite simple. :)

How much filliment does this use approx?

Hi, that depends on a lot of factors. The way I do it (5 shells, raft, 10% infill, support, 0,2mm layers) the new smaller version uses slightly more than 8 grams of PLA, with the stand itself using slightly less than 6 of those grams. You could probably make a massive version at about 10 grams.

You should better support open source things with that freaking money .

Nah. Gadgets, cars and good times with friends. That's where it's at for me.

Is this specific for any particular size of Apple Watch? (38mm or 42mm)

Jul 20, 2015 - Modified Jul 21, 2015
Fboyles - in reply to blandman512

I have the 38mm Apple Watch and it works great with this stand. Their's a gap under it but it doesn't matter. I printed it on a Makerbot Mini without support and flipped the print so that it printed up right. I did have to sand the inside a bit to get it to fit. I might scale it up .5 so I dont have to sand it to fit.

Cool! I haven't been able to test with a 38 yet, as the Apple Watch isn't actually out yet in Norway very few people have it, but now some friends and family have bought them during the summer holiday so I'll be able to test the 38mm too. Look for an updated version coming soon. I've already started modeling it, and it will use less material than this one and be slightly more versatile.

Jul 19, 2015 - Modified Jul 19, 2015
thbruun - in reply to blandman512

42mm. :)