My headphones always get tangled in my pocket, ALWAYS, and the junky headphone wraps currently on the market are overly priced and somewhat boring. Therefore i created my own headphone wrap thingy and so can you!
When i was pondering what i could do to solve this problem I came across this website and began to think somewhere along the lines of "dang that thing is cool" which then turned into "headphones would wrap great around a fish skeleton!" So i then looked up "Fish skeleton headphone wrap" and sadly someone had already thought of wrapping a set of headphones around a fish skeleton. Dang. As I began to delve deeper into researching this idea i found that all of the designs were extremely basic and boring so i expanded on it and this is what i got. In this instructable i will show you how you can design and then print out your very own headphone wrap.
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Step 1: What You'll Need
1) Access to a 3D modeling software (i used Autodesk inventor because that is what my engineering class has available)*
2) A cool picture of a fish skeleton (or similar)
3) Some way to 3D print your design. I used the 3D touch printer that we also have at my school
4) A pair of headphones
*In this guide I'm assuming you have some experience with some sort of CAD software
Step 2: Get Your Skeleton Picture
The first thing you are going to want to do is get the picture you are going to base your design off of. In my case the background was black so I imported it to paint to invert the colors. Next I imported it into inventor in the 2D sketch mode.
Step 3: Begin Tracing!
The main part of this whole design is tracing the picture you are basing your headphone wrap off of. In inventor, because the fish was almost all curves i used the spline and arc tools most, however it is possible to trace even curved objects with straight lines it is not recommended.
Step 4: Add the Clips and Indentions
When you are done tracing your design you will want to draw in your clips. Depending on what you based your design on you will place your clips in different places, for instance because I based mine on a fish i placed my clips in the mouth and tail, however this step is entirely up to you.
Also you are going to want to put small indentions a little larger than the diameter of your headphone wires to help hold them better when wrapped around the body of your fish, cow, etc.
Lastly you will want to do an extrusion on your design also of your choosing. I made mine pretty thin but if i did it again (which i probably will) i would make it thicker but again this is entirely up to you.
Step 5: Printing It Out!
Yay your CAD model is done! Now comes the really hard part scaling your model. For whatever reason i could not get the scale right for the life of me, i must have done 10- 15 prints before i got it close. The conversion software for the printer we have at my school is a pain in the arse. You may have better luck than me with this step but the way i got it done was guessing. I tried math at first but between my physics homework and pre calculus work i really didn't want to do much more with this so i just guessed and eventually got it right! :D So again good luck with this step, you'll need it...
Step 6: Enjoy!
You should now have a cool little headphone cord wrap!
If you are like me you will not be satisfied with your final results, but thats whats cool about this kind of thing, you can easily expand on/ change your design. So get out there and make something cool! Also when you do go ahead and post it in the comments id love to see what you guys make.
Oh and lastly don't forget to vote for me in the Instructables design contest!