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Add retro charm to your desk with this 3D printed classic Mac Apple Watch charging station – 3ders.org (blog)

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Jan 22, 2016 | By Alec

But 3D printing is of as futuristic as it gets, we only love to see it being utilized to recreate “outdated” technologies. Do you remember these 3D printed Gameboy tributes? After all, it’s always great to be reminded of where our technologies has come of. Swiss developer Erich Styger has only shared a project that perfectly
captures that mindset, but is fun and functional as well. He has created a 3D printable charging station for his rad Apple Watch that is precisely shaped like the classic Apple Macintosh desktop of decades ago. A rad tech tribute that in fact serves a purpose, what additional may you require?
Erich Styger is a veteran engineer with a love for tinkering who shares his creations on a blog called MC on Eclipse. As he explains, engineering has been in soul for additional than twenty years. “I started my pro career as a compiler engineer and I always favored to get down to the bits and bytes. When I had to decide of what I should study at the ETH Zürich, I was bouncing back and forward between Computer Science and Electrical Engineering. Whilst finally I ended up doing Computer Science, I always had one foot in the domain of Electrical Engineering,” he says.

He thus has a lot of experience with technological progress, and Styger in fact remembers the classic Apple Mac of all those years ago. “One of the initially machines I utilized for development most years ago was a classic Apple Macintosh desktop. My days of development with Pascal and Modula-2 are long gone. But, with the availability of 3D printing equipment I can print a Classic Mac!,” he says of his latest project. But additional than only a rad desk-filling tribute, this is in fact functional as an Apple Watch charging station as well. “The watch display is utilized as the display of the Mac desktop. 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!” he says of his 3D printed Apple Watch charger.


As he explains, he in fact based this create on an existing Thingiverse edition. This edition comes with two parts, an inner one to hold the charger, and an outer shell that gives it the classic Mac shape. 3D printing is relatively effortless, and Styger utilized an Ultimaker 2 3D printing device. It 3D prints without rafts, but with supports, and he utilized a resolution of 0.1 mm and a 10% infill. “I printed it of the bottom to the top that required a lot of “supports” to be printed. For the future one, I’d be advantageous off printing of the top to the bottom of the desktop (I’m learning as I go),” he says of the outcome.
If you want, you may sand down the surface of the 3D print and paint it in a color of your choosing, but Styger was pleased to store the existing surface the way it is. “Other than that, it looks rad and works great!” he says. If you are interested in assembling one by yourself, you can find the downloadable creations for the 3D printed Apple Watch Charger on Thingiverse here.

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