3D Printed Apple Watch Docks

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When I first received my Apple Watch I was annoyed that Apple didn’t include or even sell some kind of dock with anything but the ridiculously expensive models. I know I only bought an Apple Watch Sport, but still, it feels pretty bad just laying it on a table. Any movement of the cord moves the whole watch, always leaving me struggling against my fears of it falling off of the table. I searched for docks, but none of them were available at launch. Thingiverse had a few, but most of them didn’t meet my needs. I wanted a watch and iPhone combo dock, that was still compact. So I started designing one. My objective for the design were that it should be able to dock both my Apple Watch, and iPhone 6 Plus, yet still be compact, and look good while doing it. After a week of intensive designing, I settled on this design:
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I like it, and most importantly, my wife thinks it’s good looking enough to display on our side tables. What do you think?

 

 

Another added bonus of my design is that it’s compatible with the closed loop as well as opening Apple Watch bands, and it comes in handy with watchOS 2’s nightstand mode.
The link for the files to download and print your own is: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:898295
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Another really cool Apple Watch Dock is this one: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:805860 by Thingiverse user Jordan. This one I used before I finished designing my own. I like because it has room in the back for spare change or keys, or any other small items you want to put there. I tend to favor multiple use docks.
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Another really nice one is by Thingiverse user sagitaire12. A travel box made with parts from Adafruit, so that you also have a backup battery for times when you may not be able to plug in. It’s designed after the Apple Watch Edition charging dock that Apple includes with the Edition. I haven’t printed this one yet, but this is my next project. You can find it here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:850346
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And speaking of Adafruit, they’ve designed their own take on the portable battery powered dock over at: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:824130

Be aware that this one requires some soldering skills and splicing an Apple Charging cable. Still nice for the brave. If I have time I’ll tackle this one after the aformentioned Apple Watch Box which I intend to take on Vacation with me.

If you don’t have a 3D Printer, I just opened a 3D Hub where I can print any of these or any other 3D models and ship them to you over at: https://www.3dhubs.com/new-york/hubs/obsessively-geek

What do you think of these selections? Are there any other good ones that I’ve missed? Let me know in the comments.

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