3D Printing Can Save Your Headphones - Adapt & Conquer

September 15, 2021 4 min read

Sometimes headphone manufacturers don't half make things difficult when it comes to replacement pads. Many a time they will make the method of mounting the pads so specific and proprietary that using any third party alternatives seems impossible, this is even more frustrating if the company don't even make replacements at all, or worse, if the stock pads are just horrible to start with.

Not to worry, because this is where 3D printing comes in to play. With the advent of easier design software, home 3D printing machines, and, of course, enthusiastic headphone lovers, its now possible to make your own adapters and do what the manufacturers can't / don't want to do.

Where can we find these miracle adapters?

There are several places to find adapters, from 3D depositories to small online stores that design and sell direct. We have listed a few below, plus get searching, Google, & Reddit are a good start.

  • Thingiverse - One of the largest online for 3D models, get 3D models for free and print at home on your own printer - Visit Thingiverse
  • modhouseaudio - An audiophile store with a few custom made adapters for some popular headphones, and no need for your own printer - Visit ModHouse
  • socas3d -Dedicated store to 3D printed adapters, mainly for the Stax line of headphones, but also several others too. No need for for your own printer - Visit SoCas

But.. I don't have a 3D printer

Well, as you can see above there are online stores that design, print and send out the adapters. 

You can also send in the free 3D models from Thingiverse to 3D printing websites that will take your model, print it and send it out to you - for a small fee, have a Google to find one in your local area / country.

This is one based in the UK https://makeitquick.co.uk/, but there will be ones more local, or, just ask around, 3D printers are so popular now odds are a mate of mate will have one.

Brainwavz Own Sennheiser Adapter

Sennheiser adapter for HD580 HD600 HD650 HD680S headphones

Our very own adapter, compatible with the following Sennheiser headsets:

  • Sennheiser HD580
  • Sennheiser HD600
  • Sennheiser HD650
  • Sennheiser HD660S

Buy the adapters here

Free Adapters on Thingiverse

Makerbot thingiverse

 Makerbots Thingivere is an amazing repository of printable 3D models, they have just about anything you can think of, and much much more.

  • Sennheiser HD540 Reference, Reference II, Reference GoldEarPad Adapter - by MrTechAgent - Download for free from thingiverse
  • Sennheiser HD 5X9 Series - Earpad Adapter Ring by V0lD - Download for free from thingiverse
  • Beats Solo 2 -convert to Studio 2 earpad adapter by chenagar - Download for free on thingiverse
  • Monoprice M1060 - Pad Adapter 100mm V4.1 - by PockyG - Download for free from thingiverse
  • Phillips Grado - Adapter to fit Brainwavz Earpads by ivyl - Download from thingiverse
  • Phillips SHP9500s - Round Ear Pad cup mod, for use with Brainwavz 100mm round pads, by NikolasS - Download free from thingiverse
  • Corsair Virtuoso - Headset Ear pad Adapters - for use with our 100mm pads by MIKEYMCC - Download for free from thingiverse
  • Corsair HS70 - Generic Earpad Adapter - for use with our Oval earpads, by AGorshkov - Download for free from thingiverse
  • EDIFIER W830BT -Adapter for use with Brainwavz Oval earpads, by HWGeek - Download for free from thingiverse

Adapters by SoCas

SoCas have quite a few adapters ready for purchase - they have a few of the obvious Sennheiser models, but also some prefect examples of why 3D printing is the saviour of the more obscure and lesser known models.

Socas earpad adapters

Image shows Modhouse adapter rings for Kiss KPH30I and Stax adapters, and a cute-ass cat.

Randoms from Reddit 

Couple of gems from Reddit. Reddit is always a good place for finding earpad compatibilities and things like 3D adapters, plus there are usually extended conversations with hints and tips, all useful info.

Reddit headphones adapters

ROUND (100mm)

Adapters by Modhouse 

Another site with a dedicated list of adapters for Phillips, AKG and more - plus lots of other mods and tips for headphone enthusiasts.

Well, that's all for now, it's a good start, hopefully there will be some useful information for some of you. If you into 3D printing and have made an adapter then let us know and we will add it to the list.

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Mark Dawson
Mark Dawson

Mark Dawson - Website Manager | Blog Writer | Image Maker - Welcome to Brainwavz Audio

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