3D Printed Classic Mac Apple Watch Charging Station

One of the first machine I used for development many years ago was a Apple Classic Macintosh computer. My days of development with Pascal and Modula-2 are long gone. But with the availability of 3D printers I can print a Classic Mac :-). But now it is not used for development: I use it to charge an Apple Watch:

3D Printed Apple Watch Charging Station

3D Printed Apple Watch Charging Station

The watch display is used as the ‘display’ of the Mac computer. With the Apple watch charging sideways it turns the clock mode and shows the date and time. And I love that retro-green color πŸ™‚

I modified an existing Thingiverse model: The 3D model has two parts: an inner one which holds the charger and an outer shell as Classic Mac:

Classic Mac Shell

Classic Mac Shell

Inner Charger Holder

Inner Charger Holder

I have to reduce the side slots a bit to a 35mm watch:

Apple Watch Charging Station

Apple Watch Charging Station

I printed it from the bottom to the top which required a lot of ‘supports’ to be printed. The next one I better print from the top to the bottom of the computer (I’m learning as I go πŸ™‚ ).

I was thinking to sand and paint the surface, but for now I keep it like this. Other than that, it looks cool and works great πŸ™‚

The model is available on Thingiverse here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1272485

PS: If you don’t have access to a 3D printer: an option is to use a shared 3D printer in your area. Check for maker spaces and labs in your area, or for exampleΒ  go to https://www.3dhubs.com/ and there might be one in your area.

Happy Mac’ing πŸ™‚

 

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11 thoughts on “3D Printed Classic Mac Apple Watch Charging Station

  1. I was thinking to sand and pain the surface, but….

    There can be a bit of pain using a 3D printer.. πŸ™‚

    and I never picked you to have an Apple background.

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    • Yes, acetone works great on ABS, but usually not on PLA (which what I have used for that print). It seems that Acetone *might* work on some PLA brands, but to my knowledge it does not (would need to experiment with my PLA (I used Innofil). The other concern around Acetone of course is safety (always use good ventilation and safety precaution).

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