Jul.3, 2013

New Zealander designer Simon Ellison has redesigned a desktop speaker utilizing multi material 3D printing. Using Objet500 Connex Multi-Material 3D Printer he was able to construct the speaker driver in one seamless print with complex and structurally intricate details.

Working together with an Audio Engineer, each individual part that makes up a driver was identified together with its roles and necessary details to allow the driver to work. Exploring the ratios of Digital Material printing each part was able to be given a unique material composition to suit its function throughout the driver. The only parts not 3d printed are the magnet, the coil and the wiring.

It takes about nine hours to print and three hours to clean and assemble all together. The components were then fit into a lathe turned glass housing.

Right side Elevation

Top Elevation

Back view of the copper plated end plate.

Speaker situated in the cleaned support material.

Bedside table context shot.

The honeycomb was added to the back in order to give the cone strength and rigidity.

The speaker cone seamlesly switches between materials.

Terminal connection detail. (All images credit: Simon Ellison)

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