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Can’t Wait for the Apple Watch? Print One at Home
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By Adriana Krasniansky | PSFK

Apple’s Sept. 9 product launch saw the Cupertino, CA-based giant unveil the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch, triggering record-breaking consumer anticipation (and over four million pre-orders) for each gadget. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are now in consumers’ hands (safely in anti-slip cases), but the Apple Watch will not be available for purchase until early 2015.

In the interim, what are tech enthusiasts to do? Dutch concept designer Martin Hajek offers a DIY solution. Released on his website, Hajek has created highly detailed 3D models of the new Apple Watch available for download. His models include printing instructions for the “Sport,” “Edition” and “Watch” product iterations.

Hajek created his models using dimensions from product photos released by Apple. Models may serve as a springboard for public design of watch accessories, including cases, stands, and watch straps. Consumers can also try on the models to determine if they would want to purchase the device before its 2015 release.

Apple and the larger tech community have begun to realize the advantage of releasing 3D models of products, both to expedite accessory development and influence consumer purchasing decisions. Two days after the launch, Cupertino released detailed design guidelines for new iPhone cases, and 3D printing marketplace Shapeways sponsored a contest to design the first 3D printed iPhone 6/6 Plus case.

Apple not yet revealed official design or printing guidelines for the Apple Watch.

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