Mar.18, 2013

French 3D printing company Sculpteo is showing us that 3D printing technology is ideal for making parts that are no longer officially available. The company has begun offering 3D printed iPhone dock adapters for third-party iPod speakers.

For $17 Sculpteo will make a suitable adapter for you with 3D printing. The adapter will enable users to use Lightning connector iPhones and iPods in older dock connector speaker systems, for exmaple the BOSE SoundDock.

Sculpteo offers these adapters for a wide range of older speaker systems, such as JBL OnStage and various Yamaha, Pioneer and iHome docking stations.

Users will still have to buy the Lightning to dock connector separately from Apple, but with this 3D printed adapter users need not to spend more money unnecessarily for accessory upgrades, but could continue using the old speaker systems.

"This story and this adapter is opening a new field of 3D printed spare parts for a lot of different devices. Battery covers, clips, docks, handles … a lot of things can be lost, or become unusable because some other device changed or has been updated," said Sculpteo founder Clement Moreau to TechCrunch. "We really see 3D Printing here as a way to work smoothly in a moving environment, where big companies have really good reasons to change standards from time to time."

Sculpteo sees many opportunities in making customized objects for specific purpose, for example old devices could be used again, even the manufacturers have updated their products to new standards.

 

 

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