Apple iWatch is expected to become the company’s next big step and many are waiting for the company to release their watches. However, it’s not yet certain when the world will be able to buy the watch. Stewart Davies, a product design graduate from University of Edinburgh, could therefore help Apple fans out with a 3D printed version of what he thinks the watch will look like.
He posted the files on My Mini Factory, where anyone could download them for free and 3D print the watch themselves. Users could use their own 3D printer to print out the design, but in case they don’t have a 3D printer, it’s also possible to purchase the watch for $9.99. In other words: for less than 10 dollars, Apple fans can pretend they have an actual iWatch.
It only takes 60 to 75 minutes to print the iWatch on an FDM 3D printer – if you turn off the supports and rafts feature within the software. Users can print out the watch in any desired color. However, it needs to be printed using NinjaFlex flexible filament. Using ABS or PLA plastic filament will not be suitable, as these kinds of filament are not flexible enough, which could make the watch break. In addition, it is also only compatible with Apple’s 6th generation of the iPod Nano.
It is not the first time 3D printing has been used to create a possible future Apple design. This year’s May, designer Martin Hajek created a 3D printed mockup of the new iPhone 6. His mockup was based on a leaked concept version of the iPhone, which was published by Japanese magazine MacFan in late March this year.
Image credits: Stewart Davies/ My Mini Factory.