Jul.23, 2012

After smelling what the continual humidity had done to his NATO style watch band, Colin decided to print one himself.

The idea was to use his Makerbot 3D printer to print out a flexible and thin plastic wrist watch band. After a few tweaking he got a nice result from his fourth revision.

I reduced the length of the band by 4.25mm so that it would cuddle up a tad bit closer, and eliminate some of the side slack space. Additionally, the way that the male side of the clasp attached to the watch band created an air gap after the clasp. Thus I adjusted the male clasp side design to close the gap an make the clasp more physically symmetrical.

It is printed on a Makerbot Replicator 3D printer with the default slicing settings, with a raft, object infill of 100% and 2 shells.

After 5 hours of CAD and Makerboting, this is how the final revision looks like:

The watch band is 3D printed in one-piece and it is strong, functional and light. It fits watches that have a 22mm lug width, and a lug to lug distance of 46.2mm. Get the files for the watch band on Thingiverse.


Source: colin-ho


Posted in 3D Printing Applications



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Sharon wrote at 7/24/2012 9:07:48 AM:


AlexG wrote at 7/23/2012 11:55:22 PM:

What material is the band printed in?

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