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Cornell Researchers Just 3D-Printed a Speaker…

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How about a 3D-printed speaker to go with that 3D-printed vinyl?

Grad students and researchers at Cornell University’s College of Engineering used two 3D printers to print a functional speaker.

Every part of the device was created with the printers, including the plastic, the conductive coil, and a magnet.

Hod Lipson, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, says:

“Many people wonder whether 3D printing has reached its peak, whether this is a hype cycle that’s now at its maximum. But really, I think we’ve only seen the tip of the iceberg with this technology.”

Lipson and team is also working on ways to 3D-print integrated systems, instead of  separate “passive parts” that must be pieced together. The tricky part is figuring out how print various non-compatible materials on the same printer.  Lipson thinks that in the near future they will be able to figure this out, and change the way consumer electronics are created.

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Comments (8)
  1. TuneHunter

    As a mechanical engineer I have to say that they are on wrong track.


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    1. Nina Ulloa

      The plot thickens!


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      1. TuneHunter

        Unfortunately they are.
        Just playing at school – like Shazam in real life!


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    2. hippydog

      As an electronic engineer, (my FT job) I would have to disagree ;-)


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  2. mdti

    You don’t need a 3D printer for this, just 2 empty cups of yogurt… And guess what, it can also be converted into as a home telephone system.


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    1. TuneHunter

      Cups or printing – both methods will not get you close in price or sound quality to Made in China reality.


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      1. mdti

        what? are you saying that my sound system made from yogurt cups will not compete with those 1000$ speakers ???? :-o shocking :-)


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        1. TuneHunter

          Sorrry, you cups are in same output zone as speakers in most handsets.
          They cost less than 10 cents at OEM level.


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