While we have shared about low fi 3D printed headphones and very high end audio-reactive LED speakers, both of which involved embedding electronics right into 3D printed forms, but New Zealander designer Simon Ellison’s 3D printed desktop speaker offers an elegantly minimalist approach to the design challenge that suggests a new direction to explore for multi-material 3D printing + embedded electronics design. Via Behance:
New Zealander designer Simon Ellison has utilized multi material 3D printing methods to bring forth the idea of a new manufacturing technique into the realm of speaker drivers. With this, the additive combination-material print process results as a solid construction, allowing for complex and structurally intricate details. Working together with an audio engineer, the speaker is conceived to push the boundaries of traditional hi-fi sound design, exploring the ratios of digital material production.
Taking just over nine hours to print and three hours to clean, the driver assembly was put together with the coil and magnet of a traditional driver, and wired to allow capabilities for a mono speaker. The complete component construction fits within a glass housing, fully equipped with an RCA terminal.