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Apple Earbud fix

by tomlombardi Sep 22, 2013
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Hi Tom ! I've made it. Very very nice ! Good Work. Thanks !

Hi Tom,

Thank you for the great idea. I was just looking for something like that! I have the same problem with apple earbuds and it's so annoying.

I'm going to try to 3D print them through some acquaintances, but I'd also like to know you if you would be available to print them and send them over. Of course I'd be glad to pay for the shipping and contribute to the printing.

Please let me know if that might be an option!


couldn't work better! I put a piece heat-shrink tubeing over the thing and made them even stronger, not that they were weak just so they don't break in rough use:)

it's possible to make another pair for the samsung earbud? I can give you the measurements of the headphone stem

Give me the dimensions and I'll try to get to it asap. A close-up photo would be of help too.

These work fantastically.

I printed these with a wood-filament PLA on a low quality printer and didn't have much success (they broke easily). Anyone with a lower quality machine will want to thicken up the structure around the ear buds. If I get some time, I'll do it and if it works post a remix. In the interim, I'm printing with ABS on a higher quality printer with a fine layer hight and decent amount of infill. I'll update on the success.

For the two runs I went on before my second print of these broke, these things were awesome, so thanks @tomlombardi! I'm sure a little tweaking on my end will make them work perfectly. They are quite comfortable for running. Looking forward to my ABS print!

Acetone vapouring may strengthen the layer bonding of the ABS and give you a sturdier result on this particular kind of print (not all). Jury is still out, this article has a ton of useful info.


This was so helpful! Thanks!

Does this work on airpods?

I don't think so. I haven't moved up to the iPhone 7 yet, so I don't have AirPods to design around.

How much do you charge to print?

I was dubious to how these would work. I thought they might be painful with extended wear or while jogging, or that they would let the earbuds pivot out of the ear canal, but I was dead wrong. It is a super simple, very comfortable solution to keeping the earbuds from constantly dropping out of my ears. I can even shake my head like a dog and they stay put. Well done!

Thanks for the nice comment. Enjoy!

Works like a charm, thank you

What program did you use to design this?

Could you post the Solidworks part file?

i have had some painful luck with a bent paper clip that sometimes jabbed my ear when setting it up. THANKS so much for these,

These things look like they're are about to hi five each other. But still a very cool idea

Great idea!, how did you go about modeling the ear loop? did you eyeball it, or did you try taking some measurements of your ears first?

I use a stiff wire like a paper clip, hold it up to the computer screen and trace the spline in cad. This also works for tracing contours of objects.

Cool!, Very clever process

Could you make some that are big enough to fit around behind the ear? they are more discreet that way. Thanks :)

I made a set and they work great. I will be making more to keep in every suitcase when I travel.

These little guys are awesome!! Ear buds always fall out of my ears, but never with this fix!

I need these so bad. Thank you!!

These clips work great! I use my ear buds religiously but I constantly knock them out of my ears. This fixes the problem perfectly. Thank-you!