What you need to know
- There are already some MagSafe and Apple Watch charging docks on the market.
- But they won't be to everyone's taste.
- But don't worry because you can 3D print your very own.
It's fair to say that Apple wants us all to use MagSafe to charge our iPhones from now on. But that means many of us are going to want to get a fancy stand that will house MagSafe and our Apple Watch charger. Some already exist, but what if you don't like any of them? You build your own, of course.
Or, to be more accurate, you print it.
3D printing is all the rage right now and I'm told you can make some pretty intricate shapes with the latest kit. Turns out you can actually 3D print your own charging stand as well – so long as you provide your own MagSafe Charger and Apple Watch charger.
You can find everything you need on Thingiverse and the images make it look pretty sturdy. Dare I say it might even look better than some of the commercial offerings you might find? I think I might.
- Stand designed to work with MagsSafe for iPhone and any apple watch charger.
- Main stand is shown in images and type 2 stand is one which has the centre support in line with the iPhone.
- The small base needs fixing down by 4 m3 bolts and there is a drill template in that file.
- The large base is self-supporting.
- Needs 8x 6mm m3 bolts and 8 m3 inserts to be inserted into the print using a soldering iron.
I don't have a 3D printer myself but that might be something I need to rectify. Let me know if you try this at home – and I want to see pictures!
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.