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My new instructable discussion - 3D printed Magnetic connector

Hello all!

Made this topic to start a discussion about my latest project: 3D printed Magnetic Connector.

Here is the link to my project:
https://www.instructables.com/id/3D-printed-magnetic-connector/

What would you change? What would you add? I am waiting for your suggestions!

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Gustavo452 years ago

HI EVERYBODY I GOT A QUESTION......I GOT 123D PROGRAM BUT WHERE FROM I CAN GET THE 3D IMGENES TO PROCESS FOR EXAMPLE A CHAIR??? OR ANY OBJET??

caitlinsdad2 years ago

In researching your design did you come across the Apple Macbook Magsafe power connector, its design and faults?

kondzio29 (author)  caitlinsdad2 years ago

Yes, but I was not inspired by magsafe, I was thinking about my next project where two pieces of casing is connected with such connector. Magsafe is a plug on a cable, And my design is meant to sit in casing.

I have no reservation that similar designs are original from independent thinkers, it's just too bad that big corporations already got it out to market or hold a patent on it. Your design is more suitable for docking station applications then. Good luck.

kondzio29 (author)  caitlinsdad2 years ago

Sadly I have to agree. Magnetic connectors are great stuff. I hope that they will be more common in future. But today we have to came up with our own ideas ;) Thank you for commenting! BTW. I love your instructables! Please take a look at my instructable soon, because there will be photos of real life printed version of my connector due to help from great people here!

kondzio29 (author)  caitlinsdad2 years ago

Placing the connector in casing eliminates the design fault of the magsafe since the cable breaks easily in mag safe

kelseymh2 years ago

Discussions like this belong in the Instructable itself, where commenters can more easily see and refer to the steps.

You don't want the holes for the magnets to go all the way through.
With powerful neodymium magnets I find it better to leave about 0.5 - 1mm material left.
Gives a much nicer look and once a drop of 2k glue is added into each hole the magnets will stay in place safely.
For the other side use a soft iron plate that you galvanised with a bit of copper for corrosion protection.
If magnets of opposite attraction are used one can create a self centering latch and still leave some space to put the two together.
Quite nice in round to hold a batch or similar as you can rotate it to several fixed angles.
Just some ideas though...