During the lockdown, I had many friends call in, and I reached out to many to ensure they were well. This meant I had to balance my time well between work, other projects, and some personal time for myself to catch up on my books. Having my phone slide as I was multi-tasking was the worst, and tackling that problem, I decided to 3d print my own phone stand.
Much like any other engineer, having started the process, I soon realized I could make tackle more and make a product that can be widely used.
The first revision of the charging dock was a simple yet elegant phone and apple watch dock. A charging cable and the apple watch charger could be fed through an opening on the back.
The design of this charging dock posed some challenges to the 3d printer. As it was designed as one piece, any interruptions during the print would render it useless and a waste of time and material.
The second revision does not change the design of the charging dock. However, it's an improvement to the long print times. Furthermore, it breaks up the layout into 3 pieces, allowing me to print individual components as needed.
The third revision primarily adds features that are nice to have. Additional structural support is added to the base by modifying how the cable is managed, and a lock mechanism is added for the docks to ensure they do not slide around.
Moreover, the individual docks can now be placed on either side, based on the user's needs. The cables can also go through the center or through each docks corresponding groove. This allows the dock to be aesthetically customized.
Additionally, I designed an Apple Airpod dock as most of my friends either had the Apple Watch or the Apple Airpods.