Over a million developers have joined DZone.

3D Printed Classic Mac Apple Watch Charging Station

Give your desk a little bit of retro charm and create your own version of this fantastic Mac-based charge station

· IoT Zone

Access the survey results 'State of Industrial Internet Application Development' to learn about latest challenges, trends and opportunities with Industrial IoT, brought to you in partnership with GE Digital.

One of the first machines I used for development many years ago was a classic Apple 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, you gotta love that retro-green color!

I modified an existing Thingiverse model. The 3D model has two parts: an inner one which holds the charger and an outer shell as the 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. For the next one, I'd be better off printing from the top to the bottom of the computer (I’m learning as I go).

I was thinking of sanding and painting the surface, but for now I'll keep it like this. Other than that, it looks cool and works great!

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 example, go to https://www.3dhubs.com/ and there might be one in your area.

Happy Mac-ing!

The IoT Zone is brought to you in partnership with GE Digital.  Discover how IoT developers are using Predix to disrupt traditional industrial development models.

apple watch,3d printing

Published at DZone with permission of Erich Styger, DZone MVB. See the original article here.

Opinions expressed by DZone contributors are their own.

The best of DZone straight to your inbox.

Please provide a valid email address.

Thanks for subscribing!

Awesome! Check your inbox to verify your email so you can start receiving the latest in tech news and resources.

{{ parent.title || parent.header.title}}

{{ parent.tldr }}

{{ parent.urlSource.name }}