I recently discovered the awesome and open source CAD software FreeCAD after looking for an alternative to Fusion360. In this post I like to show my first attempt to design an Apple Watch Charging Holder. Enjoy!
Since I am new to FreeCad I am not going to attempt to explain the software but focus here on the design process. Since FreeCad will be a long term solution for me I will provide more details about setup and possibilities in future blog posts.
In the Sketcher window I used the polyline tool to first roughly outline the sketch for the AppleWatch Holder design and afterwards add constrains and dimensions.
Once the Sketch was done I closed the window and went on to extrude the shape using the Pad tool.
Next I created a Datum Plane (more on this in a separate post) in order to draw the circular shape for the Apple Watch charger. For this I selected the Datum Plane as my drawing plane and used the Circle tool.
After that I finished the sketch and used the Pad tool again to extrude the circle.
Since the current design wouldn’t allow space for the charging cable, I added a substrative box and placed it on the left side of the circle in order to cut out a little part for the charging cable to go through.
ThenI removed the mid section by drawing a sketch and using the Pocket which in FreeCad is the opposite to the Pad Tool and removes material.
For the finishing touch I used the Fillet tool to round the edges.
I hope this tutorial was helpful as a brief introduction to FreeCad. I am very excited about this software and expect to create many more and more comprehensive tutorials from here on out.
The 3d printable .stl file is available on my Thingiverse.com page.