Hi, all, sorry about the lack of content yesterday. It was a dumpster fire top to bottom and I didn’t want that to leak into my writing. But today is a new day! The big big desktop headphone holder is done and I have learned many things.

Among the challenges of designing on your computer screen is the disconnect between sizes in the real world and the sizes on your computer screen, but a dedicated post for that later. Behold the stand in its full glory:

This photo, however, fails to capture the full size of the desktop holder. It’s really huge and impractical, but it taught me a lot about the printer and design in general. I would classify it as a success in that regard, but I don’t think I could ever ever recommend printing this on your own. It takes almost a week to make if things go right. Let’s see how it looks with some cans on there:

There’s a bonus photo of my AKG 7XXs which are a MassDrop special. These things are really really big. But aside from size, what are the other things we can learn from this?

  • There’s no cable management solution. The base serves adequately for this, but there’s no real way to secure the cables and it’s something that I should incorporate in future designs.
  • Another nice quality of life feature would have been including a spot to hold the 1/8″ to 1/4″ jack adapter – headphones in the $50 range and above tend to come with these and I just kind of keep them in a drawer. Another feature that would have taken minimal effort to incorporate and might have actually reduced print time.
  • The circular parts that fit together are extremely sturdy on the riser, but not so much on the base. If you look closely, you can see that the print orientation changed which impacts how those parts fit together. If you need a more secure solution, those friction fits need to be printed in the same planar orientation.
  • Makezine have an excellent article on how to print press fit parts. The riser is secured to the base with octagonal male ends in cylindrical female ends and that worked superbly and is something I’m incorporating into some future projects.
  • The stand is very sturdy, which makes me wonder how much smaller we can make the stand while maintaining stability, which would also reduce print time.

Lots of lessons! It’s so important to be able to look critically at your own work after the project is done (or doing whatever) and finding ways to improve. We will be tabling the headphone holders for a little bit as I take these lessons and refine them for the shelf and wall-mounted versions. In the meantime, we’re going to be moving on to Nintendo Switch accessories which is poised to be a ton of fun because I needed an excuse to play more Zelda.

The full files are available for viewing and download on Thingiverse and SketchFab. It’s way way way too big. Looking forward to setting up the next projects!

As always, the use of our affiliate links is always welcome! The Sennheiser and Audio-Technica cans mentioned in the article are below:

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