Oct.3, 2012

Designers at Teague unveiled their latest project: 13:30 3D-printed headphones. It's a thought experiment around printed consumer electronics and the idea that they could be as easy to turn into working product as they are to print.

As Teague notes,

With 3D printers becoming more accessible we decided to have a think around the concept "life in beta" as a future scenario. What if printed prototypes could become actual products? Meaning, once off the print bed an object could be assembled without any tools and be made functional by readily attainable components. Electronically simple yet functionally complex, headphones seemed like a good fit to stress test the premise.

Their first experiment was to create a good-looking functional headphone on a professional ABS FDM 3D printer, a Dimension 1200ES. The print job took 13 hours and 30 minutes therefore they named it 13:30 3D-printed headphones.

(Images credit: Teague)

The next experiment will be to adapt the design to the Makerbot Replicator. The main challenges will be to build to a similar level of quality and without soluble support. So stay tuned.

The model files and instructions to make your own working headphones is uploaded on Thingiverse.


Source: Teague

Posted in 3D Printing Applications



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