Recently I was fortunate enough to get a smartwatch as a gift. However, there was an issue I encountered with it. The simple magnetic puck type charger that the watch came with was very finicky. It was a challenge to connect the watch with the charger consistently. I looked online for a solution and saw several magnetic wireless charging stands for watches, however, they were priced 50$ and upward. I decided to make my charger stand instead.
I opened up Fusion 360, my 3d modelling software of choice, and designed a charging stand I found appealing. I went with an angular design, to contrast the curved design of the watch. I measured the magnetic puck charger and created a hole for the charger to fit within the stand. I carved out channels for the charger cable so that it could be guided out in an orderly fashion.
I printed out the charger in 3 different parts, all in a light blue. I used a bit of super glue to fuse the parts. I placed the puck charger within the slot, and it friction fit, without any issues. The magnet on the charger was relatively strong, so I decided to add a tilt on the platform where the watch rests. The tilt makes the design more visually apeling and makes the screen easier to read when it’s charging.
The first primary outcome was “demonstrate that challenges have been undertaken, developing new skills in the process”. It was a challenge to design a functional yet visually appealing charger. Since the chargers I saw on the internet were not the aesthetic I was going for I did not have much reference material to make my charger.
The second primary learning outcome was “Identify your strengths and develop areas for personal growth”. I had already had experience with the 3D design however I rarely make designs that have to function with preexisting electronics, so it was a new challenge for me.