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3D Printing to Improve a Product

Updated: Jul 14, 2021

Being able to design for 3D printing changes the way you look at the world.

It changes the way you buy things.

I find myself buying products with completely different intentions than what the designer had in mind.

One of my favorite activities is to walk down the isles of the hardware store with a coffee in one hand while looking for the right part that can be adapted to fit my next project.

It doesn’t have to be exactly what I need because I know that by designing and 3D printing a simple bracket, a clip, or an extension as an add-on to the part I can get it to be exactly what I need.

And it doesn’t just have to be functional parts.

Take for example the wireless charging poker chip thingy that comes with the Apple smartwatch.

My first reaction after opening the package was “I can get creative with this!

In the video above, I show how I took this concept to design my own unique charging stand.

I designed the stand to mimic the style of my imac desktop.

It’s a nice little addition to my desk and I love the way it looks as a little mini-me to my 21” imac.

There are quite a few little gold nuggets of Fusion 360 techniques in this video.

We’ll cover:

  • Designing with Components as opposed to simply creating individual bodies. I discuss some of the advantages of going this route.

  • We look at creating joints as I show how to add a revolute joint between two parts.

  • I cover a neat trick that takes advantage of using the Loft tool in the surface environment.

  • Plus much more.



My big aha! moment with Fusion 360 happened when I finally understood how to use Constraints. Get my free Fusion 360 Constraint Cheat Sheet and see what I mean.

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Michael Kapp
Michael Kapp
Feb 02, 2021

This was cool and I don't even like apple products. This really helped me understand designing with components.

I'm going to miss seeing you at Maker Fair NY


Fantastic project! I do not have a smart watch, but the solutions originated by your instructions

are to many to mention. As a beginner, I am far from using this advanced techniques, but the important part is that I understood everything, and I could duplicate the project following your instructions step by step.

At every step, I was wandering how you would do it, and then, - oooh, that is how it's done...

Thank you Vladimir.


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