Picture of Upcycled clip-on headphone stand/rest made from a printer frame

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. 


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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

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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. 


Picture of FINISHING
Have fun!

Step 6: HOW TO USE

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Step 7: View pictures here!

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


henrikku2 years ago
Very nice, sleek and simple. And which Monash do you study at?
ramadanrenan (author)  henrikku2 years ago
Cheers! I'm currently studying at Monash Caulfield
Cesaro1382 years ago
Nice and simple! Good job. What kind of headphones are those?
ramadanrenan (author)  Cesaro1382 years ago
Thanks! They are Audio Technica ATH-AD1000's :)
ramadanrenan (author) 2 years ago
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!
TomRob722 years ago
What did you use to make the blueprint designs? Love the idea!
ramadanrenan (author)  TomRob722 years ago
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.
Excelente idea, thx for sharing
ramadanrenan (author)  Lucianoalucard2 years ago
Thank you! Appreciate it :)
icsnerdics2 years ago
this is an awesome way to illustrate all the steps and a really usefull instructable
ramadanrenan (author)  icsnerdics2 years ago
Thank-you very much! :D
Yeah, I'm diggin' the blueprint look too. Very nice!
Thanks man!! Appreciate it greatly :)
Xromos2 years ago
Awesome work. Love the graphic work done.
ramadanrenan (author)  Xromos2 years ago
Thanks dude!
icsnerdics2 years ago
this is an awesome way to illustrate all the steps and a really usefull instructables