Earbud holder

by sneakypoo, published

Earbud holder by sneakypoo Dec 1, 2012

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Yet another earbud holder. Not like we have enough of those here on Thingiverse, right? Well, I wanted something a bit different from the designs already available. Specifically I wanted the whole thing to be somewhat enclosed and able to take a beating. I think I've reached those goals.

As a bonus it has a very satisfying clack sound when you close it up ;)

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Do you mind sharing your source (solidworks) files? That would make it easier to make derivatives!

Great design. I printed it at 0.1mm layer without any supports but I modified slightly the hinge pins to do that.
Also I added 4 anchors of my own design to each part to secure to the build plate and prevent them being knocked over by the extruder.
Unfortunately my earbuds turned out to be too big to fit, so I'll be printing a slightly modified one with bigger space for the buds but a shorter stem to keep the same overall size.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll think about it for sure. I also have another thing that I recently created but haven't put up here because I think it actually might sell. That might be a good candidate to put on quirky first, to test the waters so to speak.

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UPDATE 2012-12-18: Just a random tip. I've seen that those of you who have been nice enough to post pictures of your prints (Please keep doing that, it makes me happy :) ) are wrapping your cables all the way from bud to plug. What I do is fold the cord in half so that the plug and buds are next to each other. Stuff the buds and plug into the cavity and then wrap up the cord. That will save you time.

UPDATE 2012-12-05: A few people reported issues with the STLs that prevented them from being properly sliced in slic3r. I have uploaded repaired STLs that should work better. Please use the STLs that end with "_repaired". I'll keep the old files around for a while just in case these new ones present other issues. Sorry about the troubles this may have caused.

The core can be printed without support without issues. If you have trouble getting it to stick to the bed try printing it upside down, the overhang will be a bit worse but will probably print ok with good cooling.

The shells however needs a bit of support for the nubs, rough/medium support in KISSlicer worked well for me, took under a minute to clean up. Either print individually or use the plate to print both at once.

To assemble simply force the shells over the core until they snap into place. Print the shells fairly solid so that they don't break on assembly. To minimize the risk of breaking do not pull at the protruding tabs, instead grab it like shown in the picture with the green arrow.

This copy was printed on an Ultimaker for those curious.


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mpatoulachik on Feb 11, 2014 said:

Do you mind sharing your source (solidworks) files? That would make it easier to make derivatives!

lister6520 on Feb 10, 2014 said:

Great design. I printed it at 0.1mm layer without any supports but I modified slightly the hinge pins to do that.
Also I added 4 anchors of my own design to each part to secure to the build plate and prevent them being knocked over by the extruder.
Unfortunately my earbuds turned out to be too big to fit, so I'll be printing a slightly modified one with bigger space for the buds but a shorter stem to keep the same overall size.

wsturner on Oct 31, 2013 said:

After about 3 tries I got the core to work... Just flipped it in Makerware and I was all set... It was a bugger getting it off the build platform.

Long-Fire-Demon on Sep 20, 2013 said:

I've made them, but shell broke on the assembly... I'm thinking, maybe it would be better for shells to print horizontally, so minimizing chance of breaking?

Tunell on Apr 22, 2013 said:

Beautiful design. I love mine. It's a bit tricky to get the iphone earbuds into it, though

ArtiPrinted on Mar 4, 2013 said:

What program did you use to create this?

sneakypoo on Mar 4, 2013 said:

I used SolidWorks.

Andychn on Jan 31, 2013 said:

It's the top of the shells. My bet is the hinge elements need support. Ah well... sure looks like a cool thing.

sneakypoo on Jan 31, 2013 said:

You don't have to guess... it's right there in the instructions that you need support for those. This is a very basic print job, you shouldn't be having problems with it unless your printer is performing poorly. You might also want to have a look at the derivatives.

Andychn on Jan 28, 2013 said:

I cannot get the covers to print. The top parts are just too thin. Any suggestions on settings???

sneakypoo on Jan 28, 2013 said:

They are 2mm thick, that's not _that_ thin, I've printed plenty of stuff thinner than that. Sorry, can't help you.

Andychn on Jan 27, 2013 said:

please post infill, layer height and # of slices. I've tried 3 times and each time FAIL! layers too thin!

sneakypoo on Jan 27, 2013 said:

What exactly is failing? I printed at 0.16 layers, infill... no idea, can't remember. And number of slices varies depending on what height you print at...

A LOT of people have printed this without issues so I'd say it's a problem on your end.

jmytyk on Jan 11, 2013 said:

love it... printed it and works super well. it would be neat to hide a 3.5mm jack somehow. maybe a different winding technique?

ntc490 on Dec 31, 2012 said:

Beautiful design. Would be nice to have the design files in addition to the STL files. I see we have a couple of derivatives already.
I printed mine in ABS on an UP! printer. Printed well, but the neck of the core is fragile on mine. Seems like adding a bit more material at the bottom of the bud holder would make it stronger without any negative effects. At least for me, the bud holder is plenty big.


Syntaxcapt on Dec 24, 2012 said:

Printed out great. But I forgot to re-read the assembly instructions and I broke the tabs off! Oh well, Krazy-Glue works good.

sirmakesalot on Dec 22, 2012 said:

Once again, best earbud holder on the 'verse!! I have a small suggestion, add some texture on the shells to help grip it. Mine printed of perfectly!!

sneakypoo on Dec 22, 2012 said:

Thanks :) I was actually going to put texture on the shells but I forgot about it. Once I had printed it I found that I naturally grabbed it with my thumbs pressed against the bottom and my pointies on top and then ripped it open. That worked so well for me that I just skipped any texture.

jfpion on Dec 18, 2012 said:

I made a derivative for the shell , not easely broken when snapped on here : http://www.thingiverse.com/thi...

I borrow the idea from the other derivative http://www.thingiverse.com/thi... for the in built support

the original one whas a bit fragile event in the pocket the ear with the nubs wasn't strong enough so there was 2 choice : increase the size of the wall or make it with the U shape. I dit the second option with enough room for the shell to open

Hope you like it

Plastic3D on Dec 19, 2012 said:

Works nicely, thanks! I printed this using support for the nubs, and it feels very sturdy with PLA. No problems snapping on to and removing from the core model from sneakypoo!

Cameronm on Dec 16, 2012 said:

Would it be possible to print one with a key chain loop?

benvonhandorf on Dec 9, 2012 said:

Works incredibly well.  Only issue is when people at work saw it, I wound up with an entire weekend worth of printing making other people copies!  

I have failed to print the shells in ABS... keep snapping off the build plate once they start making the pins, but I'm sure that's my own lack of experience more than anything else.

Termsl on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Awesome Thing!

anewsome on Dec 4, 2012 said:

I really like this design a lot. I tried to print one but when the core was nearly done, my extruder knocked the part off the build platform and created a stringy mess. There just isn't a whole lot of surface area there for it to hang on with. I'm going to try again though, this time maybe with a slower speed or some other method to keep it stuck to the platform more solidly.

thecrazy on Dec 4, 2012 said:

If you have issues printing the core you can try like I did to flip it upside down, gives more surface to stick and the overhang angle is the same on both side so it wont change much. Also, if printing on blue tape try airspray, its the PLA equivalent to acetone/abs mix for abs printing.

FYI: FOR EVERYONE PRINTING THIS do not try to bend the shells by the tabs to fit it in the core, you will break it. (happened to me) Instead grab the sides on their entire lenght and bend very very slowly and not a half mm more than you need.

sneakypoo on Dec 4, 2012 said:

I guess I'm spoiled by my Ultimaker hehe. If you're using regular "blue tape" on your platform you can try wiping it down with alcohol, that gets rid of any oils from your hands or waxy residues, this helps the model stick.

Also make sure your platform is perfectly level and that your z-endstop is adjusted correctly so that the platform sits at exactly the right height on startup. You can also try manually raising the platform slightly as the print begins to really smash the plastic into the platform, dirty but it could help.

Lastly, maybe try adding a brim to the print if your slicer gives you that option?

CidVilas on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Looks like the files are not 'manifold' or a bit broke.  I ran it through NetFabb free and cleaned it up and had no problem.  Im using Slic3r in Repetier, which once sliced, had no holes and elongated nubs. :)  Just a heads up for others that may have some strange behavior from their slicers.

sneakypoo on Dec 4, 2012 said:

Sorry to hear that. I just tried to slice the parts again in the slicers I have installed: KISSlicer, Netfabb Studio Basic and cura (modified skeinforge). cura flashed a few errors for the core but sliced it without issue. All slicers showed no problems in the gcode visualisation at all. Netfabb usually screams at you as soon as you load the model if there's an issue, it didn't for these.

You're also the first to report a problem of the 200+ people that have downloaded the files so maybe something got corrupted in the download? Or maybe it's slic3r that is having some issues? I do remember hearing some people have a few issues with that slicer on some models.

thecrazy on Dec 3, 2012 said:

That is an awesome ear bud holder. Good job. You could sell those.

sneakypoo on Dec 3, 2012 said:

If I knew how to make money off it I would love to. Especially considering how I just lost my job...

I tried something similar to that at first but it didn't work out, the shells slipped off too easily. You don't really have to bend them too extremely to get them on there, I think you'll be allright :)

sirmakesalot on Dec 2, 2012 said:

Best ear bud holder on the 'verse!!

IcanCwhatUsay on Dec 2, 2012 said:

Incredibly nice print! what size hot end?

sneakypoo on Dec 2, 2012 said:

It was printed with a 0.4mm nozzle at 0.16mm layer height on an Ultimaker.

Blown454 on Dec 1, 2012 said:

Now that's an earbud holder I would like to make! Thanks for sharing m8!

sneakypoo on Dec 1, 2012 said:

 Make sure to post pics if you do ;) Seeing pics of other peoples copies is very rewarding.

jasonwelsh on Dec 1, 2012 said:

very cool, reminds me of the "Butterfly Knife".

Good stuff, I love seeing movement in a design or interactivity.

sneakypoo on Dec 1, 2012 said:

Thanks. And yeah that thought struck me as well hehe. I'm afraid it's a bit too lightweight and a wee bit too limited in motion to be able to do any trick with it though ;)

ronthomp on Dec 1, 2012 said:

Nice design.