Designer 3D prints a desktop speaker in 9 hours

Until now, most of the things you could make with a 3D printer were the sort of items you didn’t really need. After all, you can only have so many scale models of spaceships and Raspberry Pi cases. A designer from New Zealand by the name of Simon Ellison has just taken 3D printing to a new place entirely. He printed a desktop computer speaker in only 9 hours.

SpeakerThe speaker is made of multiple materials, but it seamlessly flows together. You can’t do this kind of multi-materials printing with standard 3D printers though. Ellison used an Objet500 Connex Multi-Material 3D printer from Stratasys. This is a very high-end professional 3D printer that costs upwards of $250,000.

With access to this super-printer, Ellison was able to build the speaker cone and driver in one go with flexible materials. After the 9 hour print, it then took 3 hours to carefully strip away the support materials and get the speaker ready for use.

There are obviously some metallic components in a speaker, and even the Objet500 Connex can’t print metal… yet. The only parts of this speaker not printed are the magnet, the coil, the cable, and the glass housing. A housing could have been 3D printed even on a consumer-grade device like the Makerbot 2. Glass was only used so the internal components of the speaker could be seen.

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Source: .geek.com

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