Upcycled Clip-on Headphone Stand/rest Made From a Printer Frame





Introduction: Upcycled Clip-on Headphone Stand/rest Made From a Printer Frame

About: I am an aspiring industrial designer, graphic designer, photographer & short-film maker.

It always bothers me greatly everytime I trip on the cable of my prized headphones, causing damage to my investment. So I decided to design a simple, easy, clippable desk headphone stand. It should be able to clip onto most desks and is made from a single piece of sheet metal. I think the result looks sleek, minimal and should merge nicely with any setup. This was made as part of a project for my Industrial Design course at Monash University, the aim was to make a personalised product from components taken from a printer; I repurposed the sheet metal frame within the printer to produce my end-product. The university project was coined "Redesign" - designing products from reused materials in ways that can also be later reused - which is basically a strategy for incorporating upcycling into industrial design processes. This product works well for me, and hopefully it will work for you too, enjoy! :)
All dimensions in MM.

EDIT: You can now download the Solidworks part file for reference here:
http://work.renanramadan.com/portfolio/desk-clippable-headphone-stand/(will work with Solidworks 2012 or higher)


I sourced the sheetmetal from a printer (which I flattened), you may wish to also consider upcycling the metal from an existing source. 


Here we need to cut in a profile that will allow us to bend the lower flange that holds onto the table. You can also laser cut this part if you have access to one! 

Step 3: BEND

Here I bend the single piece of metal to the required shape, I used a table edge, a bit of force and a hammer. Of course, you may wish to do this step using more appropriate methods.


Here I created a duplicate piece of sheet metal from the first step, and glued it  on top of the cut piece of sheet metal, this gave it additional strength as i was using a fairly thin stock (as it was sourced from a printer). This step is not required! You may also like to experiment with adding different cutouts and shapes to the top layer. 


Have fun!

Step 6: HOW TO USE

Step 7: View Pictures Here!

I hope you found this instructable easy and helpful! Thanks for reading :)




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    16 Discussions

    Hey everyone! I've added in a Solidworks file for reference, from this you can create your own engineering drawings. It should work with Solidworks 2012 or later. When I have time I'll try and make one that will be compatible with Google SketchUp. Enjoy!

    What did you use to make the blueprint designs? Love the idea!

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    Hey, thanks! I used Adobe Illustrator for the blueprints :) And the isometric model views were exported from Solidworks to an .ai (Illustrator file) then coloured.

    this is an awesome way to illustrate all the steps and a really usefull instructables