3D Printed Wall Mounted Hat Display

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With more and more hats piling onto my desk, it was clear I needed to find a solution to my growing hat disorganization. After looking around online for other hat holders, I came across two options: a hook, which hangs your hat down rather than displays the front, or an inefficient and expensive display system that isn't particularly made for home use. Unhappy with these options, I started to design my own hat holder to be printed off of my 3D Printer.

Step 1: Initial Designs

Throughout the design process, the hat holder took many different shapes and sizes. I began with a stackable design, instead of a wall-mountable design, that would allow multiple pieces to slide together, holding multiple hats. I quickly realized that the balance problems and wasted material created a poor product, so I began slimming it down before even making a physical prototype.

Step 2: Finalizing the Design

Starting with the inefficient base in the last step, the design quickly grew shorter and slimmer. At each step of these designs, I printed a prototype to see and feel what needed to be improved for the next iteration (more on the 3D printing later).

Step 3: Final Design

After 8 different versions of the hat holder, I settled on this one. It was the perfect balance of snugness and looseness that held the hat securely while allowing easy access to remove the hat without harming it.

Step 4: 3D Printing

Using my Monoprice Maker Select v2, I printed the hat holder with the following settings:

.2 mm Layer Height

15% Infill

50 mm/s Speed

10 Line Brim

It should take about an hour to print.

Step 5: Installation

Materials:

I used a small set of screws and plastic anchors from Walmart: for example

Any screwdriver

Any drill

1) Start by drilling a hole in the wall, inserting the plastic anchor into the wall

2) Place the screw through the hole in hat holder

3) Using a screwdriver, tighten the screw and fasten the hat holder to the wall

Step 6: Finished!

Fold the backside of any hat in and slide the hat on by the button as shown.

Now you can securely attach a hat to the wall while being displayed outward!

If you want to create this yourself, the file can be found here:

ipt for Inventor:

ipt

stl for 3D Printing:

stl

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    StewieWorks

    6 months ago

    Really cool design! Love the hats too! Go Bears and Cubs :P

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    jessyratfink

    6 months ago

    Well done! Thanks for sharing and including your stl files :D

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    Penolopy Bulnick

    6 months ago

    Nice idea! Can you just pull the hat off when you want it or do you need to be careful when taking it off?

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    bri.batlinerPenolopy Bulnick

    Reply 6 months ago

    It is designed to just be pulled off without a thought, so you do not need to be careful.

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    DIY Hacks and How Tos

    6 months ago

    That is a really nice design. Probably the best system for displaying hats that I have seen.