Intro: 3d Printed 6th Gen Nano Watch Band W/ Earphone Organizer and Bottle Opener Ultimate Iwatch
This is my idea to make the ipod nano watchband even more useful.
The idea behind this design is to incorporate headphones into an essential part of your wardrobe so you will never for get them behind.
See there is couple of essential parts that almost every guy or girl never forgets behind. Your cellphone and your watch. I already incorporated a cellphone solution as you can see in my other product design ideas.
So now i'm taking it a bit further.
The watchband idea is been around.. but it's pretty much the same concept. all it does it holds your ipod nano. However, you nano become useless if you forget your headphone behind.
With this innovative design you will never forget your headphones behind. While at the same time you will never have to spend countless hours detangling your cords!!
There is again tons of cord organizers out there. some with very slick and great design behind them. However, it doesnt matter how awesome the deign is if you forget your cord organizer and your headphones behind!!
One more thing about this product design. As you can see with my other ideas you will probably realize that i hate carryng stuff around in my pockets.. I'm sure the ladies hate it too.. but unlike the ladies we don't have purses. With this Wristband not only it adds a futuristic look to your watchband.. it makes your pockets headphone and headphone organizer FREE
I hope you guys like my idea and i hope you guys vote for me at Instructables.com By doing so i will be able to do innovative designs like these without having to wait weeks for my product to be 3d printed!!
- 3d program (like Solidworks or Maya)
- 3d printer or access to the internet so you can get it printed
- tons of creativity and patience
Step 1: How to Model Your Watchband
I made this tutorial so you won't make the same mistakes that i did.. It took me forever for get my nano watchband to be the correct size. The problem was that i was basing my measurements of the apple's specs page.. This is a bad idea.. you don't have all the measurements you need here.. you have to find the CADs page.
This is crucial since iphone nano watchband have to be down to the millimeters to look and work properly. That little tip right there would save you days!! your welcome...
Anyways, once you find the correct measurements you can build a 3d model or you can find one that has already been made.. scale it down to size and use it as a template to make your nano watchband
This is another crucial part you have to take notice. Programs export files at different sizes.. Maya said my item was 1 millimeter thick however, when i export it and import it into Shapeways.com it keep saying the item was huge and it would cost hundreds of dollars
The problem was that shapeways and maya had different ways to measure stuff.. i saw people using rhino and other programs and they had similar issues.. The way i was able to go around this .. in Maya i exported a small square that was 10 millimeters big.. when imported into shapeways.com it said it was 4 millimeters.. Therefore, .4 millimeters in maya = 1 millimeters in shapeways.. (note when picking what type of measurements pick inches)
That again took me couple of days to figure it out... the problem is that Shapeways.com will accept a model that is not thick enough in certain parts and will only let you know when they are canceling your order :(
Model your nano watchband.. create measuring squares to make sure is thick enough
Now the more complicated your nano watchband is the more you might have to worry about thickness.. You could manually check to make sure your thickness is the same everywhere. However, i found this website which actually will check the thickness for you.. this is incredible.. it saved me so much time. However, this website is way more expensive... So i decided to use shapeways.com (like i said these guys aren't giving me any money so if you know another cheaper place let me know :)
i hope this helps.. it will save you tons of work.. and if you use this to make your nano watchband.. please share your results
Step 2: Get It 3D Printed
This are a couple of 3d printing websites
If you find a cheaper website let me know
Step 3: Show It Off to Your Friends
Show it Off to your friends
Yes thats a nano i'm using as a watch.
yes those are headphones around my watch band
Yes it's freaking awesome
No you cant buy it at best buy
yes i know is freaking awesome
Those are some common responses you will need.. enjoy!!