I jumped on the band wagon as well and started making a 3D printed docking station. I started modeling a 3D printed docking station but as I worked on it I wasn't happy with the results. It lacked the extra geek factor I look for when purchasing my own Apple accessories, it was mundane and just plain ordinary.
When people walked by my desk I didn't get any of the neck breaker double takes. So I endeavored in my search for the ultimate docking station design. Still, nothing out there was good enough so I started asking myself what was the ultimate sign of power and geekiness. Then while browsing the inter-webs I came across a 10,000 dollar life size 3D printed Iron Throne from the Game of Thrones HBO series. Then that's when I realized that the Iron Throne would make the ultimate docking station for any true geek out there.
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Step 1: Modeling and cleaning up the model
Modeling was actually the easy part believe it or not. Getting it non-manifold, "watertight" and without any holes was the greatest challenge. Basically all of the technical details which are essential when 3d printing. To give you an idea of the amount of work.. you see those little yellow dots on my model? each dot represents a non-manifold vertex that, after a few major clean ups, still needed to be fixed.
It was extremely painful and extremely time consuming. However, after I was done I had to make it thick enough to be printable (greater than 1mm) and skinny enough so it didn't take forever to print and use and absurd amount of material. Creating such a complex model is no easy feat in and of itself, and each step required more precision since I knew I was going to be printing.