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.