After using the last version of my custom 3d printed mute holder, it was obvious it was be improved on, mainly by:
- Making it just less bulky
- Ability to collapse when storing
- Print in multiple pieces to allow better printing orientation
- The hole was a little too big for my trumpet straight mute to actually rest within it
I liked the overall design, so it was really just tweaking that wasn’t working and leaving alone the parts that were broken. Overall I made the pieces just thinner to lighten it up so that it was lighter and used less than half the material the previous one did. Issues 2 and 3 were both tackled by adding two hinges that allowed the top and bottom of the item to fold in.
After that, it was onto printing and finishing. Splitting it up into multiple pieces allowed me to better position the printing of these pieces, which definitely helped with the quality, and the hinges worked pretty well. In fact, I really only had two problems with this. The first problem was that in the finishing process, I left the pieces outside for a little bit to dry, and they must have gotten some direct sunlight because they ended up warping. Nothing that stopped it form working, but it was definitely noticeable. The other problem was the pins that went into the hinges to keep it together were too big to fit. I’ll go back and make them smaller, but for now, the problem was solved by just straightening paper clips and using those instead.
The paint was hardly dry and I was using it at a jazz band rehearsal. Best part was that no one seemed to really notice and just assumed it was an accessory I bought. Maybe there will be a version 3.0, but I think I’ll leave it as is for the time being.
If you like this project and want to print it out yourself, you can find the files over at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1885650.