Cornell 3D Prints a Working Audio Speaker

By on December 20th, 2013 in research

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Researchers at Cornell University have developed a method that is capable of 3D printing an entire, working audio speaker. 
The process involves two different 3D printers: one prints the basic structure in plastic, while the other prints the electronic parts within the plastic structure. 
It’s a two-stage operation, to be sure, but it is indeed entirely 3D printed. 
The researchers believe multi-material 3D printing will open up many possibilities. Associate Professor Hod Lipson says:
We’re trying to move away from printing plastic parts to being able to print integrated systems, active systems that can have batteries and wires.
Check out the video, particularly at the end where they actually play sound on the speaker. Sounds much better than Alexander Graham Bell’s first experience, even though the historical significance might be similar. 

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!