Pebble Steel Charge Dock

This is my own design for a charge dock specifically for the Pebble Steel watch.



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This is my own design for a charge dock specifically for the Pebble Steel watch.

Designed in 123D Design, I made a total of four different designs before finalising this, plus I print tested two oblong blocks for determining a good CSG subtraction to accommodate the charge connector, came out nearly perfect!

You slide the standard Pebble charge connector in sideways up from the bottom, then jam the cable in place thru the cable gap, then pull the cable outwards and orient the connector in the bottom of the dock to slide it into position. An extra gap was provided lengthwise to accommodate angling the connector into final position.

I've not experienced the slightest of scratching on the watch as it slides in or out, but if it bothers you, I see no reason why the inside can't be lined with soft felt glued in.

If I were to improve the design, I'd create some kind of a 'light pipe' so you can see the charging LED. However this isn't much of an issue as the charge indicator (on certain watch face apps) shows whether it's charging or not.

Furthermore I found that you can wrap the whole charging cable into the gap in the dock (when the watch isn't in it of course!) to hold it securely, so in future it may be worthwhile making a slot for the USB connector to slide into on the outer edge, for portability.

I'd like to hear your comments, this is pretty much my first 3D printed design, at least above TinkerCAD level stuff! I'm thrilled with 3D printing - hooked for life!

Materials and methods

Tested fully in PLA on my Printrbot Simple Metal black with Printrbot heated bed.
Printed with Cura (latest as of july '15). Used the freely available Printrbot config file for Cura, adjusted for 20% fill (possibly even 10%), 1.2mm wall thickness. NO support structures needed.
100% flow. Normal retraction enabled. 210c hotend, 80c heated bed.



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4b1c6773c6915c60390afd75a5e222d0?default=blank&size=40HAMMER_T added this to the Things collection ago
C1ef3ac116e53c7fcd91a177feea863b?default=blank&size=40Heliosphan published this design ago