Sure, you could have an ordinary headset stand, or you could make some big audio dynamite with a 3D printed headphone stand. Choose wisely!
For those folks spending any amount of time at their desk, a decent set of headphones is a crucial accessory.
But when they’re not in use, those cans are too precious to just leave lying round. You want to stash them out of harm’s way, while also ensuring they stay within arm’s reach when needed.
A headphone stand is a smart and elegant solution. Plus, putting your cans on display (when they’re not clamped around your ears) becomes something of a personal statement.
To help find the design that’s right for you, here’s a selection of the best headphone stands you can make with a 3D printer.
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This is by far the most popular design for a “can stand” you can make on a desktop 3D printer. Makerbot says it went through the same design process used in professional design and engineering industries, where multiple design iterations and prints led to the final version you see here.
Who made it? MakerBot
If you have a dual or multi-extrusion 3D printer, you can take the popular design from Makerbot a step further and fabricate it with multiple materials and colors. The effect is entirely cosmetic, but that doesn’t mean it ain’t cool.
Who made it? MosaicManufacturing
Strictly speaking, this chunky and funky item is not a stand for your headphones. It’s a giant clamp that you can attach to a desk or shelf. But we had to include it here, because of well-considered features like the extra rail to wrap the cord, a “dock” for the connector, and a giant bolt for easy adjustment.
This classy little number has a solid base and a random Voronoi pattern generated for the arm holding the headphones. The model is printed in four parts and optimised for printing with fused filament fabrication.
The Tanto is an elegant headset stand that takes inspiration from Japanese swordmaking. The spine and legs of the stand are like sharp, angular blades, though you can rest easy. It won’t be sharp enough to nick either your desk or headphones.
Perhaps you’re looking for a discreet headset stand that doesn’t call attention to itself. In that case, you may prefer a no-fuss, no frills model like this one. It also prints in two parts, so it won’t tax your desktop 3D printer that much either.
Who made it? Joshua Harvey
The Omega is inspired by a popular model that’s commercially available, where the original is made from laser-cut acrylic. Versions made on a 3D printer may not have the same gloss or finish, but with the right material it’d be a pretty close run thing. Bonus: it has room to hold at least two headphones
Who made it? Ondra Ondra
Here’s another take on the Omega design, this time rendered in an eye-catching (and filament saving) Voronoi pattern. Proof positive that the Thingiverse remix and remake principle can yield some fine results.
Betcha thought we were done with the Omega headset stand, right? Here’s one more for your consideration, which is neither solid nor Voronoi based, but has organic circles in the frame. This is perhaps the most practical of the three, since it uses less filament, has a solid base, and it won’t tax your printer too much during fabrication.
This is a rather elaborate stand custome made for a gaming headset. If you look towards the base, you’ll see it also has a cradle for the microphone arm. Clever!
We love this design because it allows for two applications. You can either use it as a conventional headset stand, or you can clip it onto a shelf or desk and hang your headphones from the edge. A little curl of plastic inside the clip will hold it fast.
This sturdy, robust stand will keep your headphones safe no matter what. Prints in two parts for ease of construction and assembly. Simply attach the semi-circle onto the base.
Apparently some designers were whole unimpressed by the Makerbot Stand, and went ahead and created a more visually exciting variation. It’s kinda trippy, dispensing with the sharp angles for organic lines, but it’s alright with us.
Do you prefer to maintain a zen state of minimalism around your workspace? Then perhaps this is the stand is for you. Instead of resting the headphones around the band, this model braces against the ear cups. It’s pretty smart, though wear and tear around the foam pads might be a point of concern.
This model has been specially designed for even smaller desktop 3D printers. It prints as three separate parts for easy construction and assembly.
Even without the fancy LED strips embedded inside, this is a very cool headphone stand. The design looks like a simple railing that holds your cans aloft. But the extra fancy touch is to print the rail with translucent material and embed LEDs, so it looks like a lightbulb filament or a neon sign.
Who made it? Chris Borch
Another headphone stand that sits in the no fuss and no frills category. It kinda looks like the profile of a head in relief — can you see the ear-shaped cutouts? But for extra bonus points, it prints as one piece and won’t pose any challenge to a well-calibrated 3D printer.
Who made it? Disser
For audiophiles with more than one pair of headphones, this model can securely hold two. This stand also offers an adjustable height! The design is slightly more complex to assemble, but the effort is worth it.
One more simple design to round out our list, a basic but functional headphone stand with one arm and a tripod base. Prints in two pieces.
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