A team of researchers at Cornell University have 3D printed a full functional speaker, and every single part that was used in the speaker, has been created using 3D printing.
This 3D printed speaker was developed by Apporva Kiran and Robert MacCurdy, who are graduate students in mechanical engineering at Cornell.
The two students worked with Hod Lipson, who is the associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at the university, to create this speaker using 3 different printers.
‘everything is 3D printed,’ explains Kiran. ‘it even consists of plastic for the housing, a conductive coil and a magnet,’
As soon as all of the parts are printed, it takes a small amount of assembly, and the speaker is ready to be used, and they used two different custom designed 3D printers to make the electronic parts of the device, have a look at the video below.
It certainly sounds very interesting that every single part of the speaker was created by using 3D printing to create a working speaker, it will be interesting to see how the technology is developed.
This could possibly be used in speaker manufacture in the future, where all parts of the device are created using different 3D printing methods, and also used in other manufacturing.
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