accord 3D printed earphones by julia goulding
all photos by joshua goulding
‘accord’ by julian goulding are 3D printed earphones which can be customized by the buyer through an app. for 5 NZD (new zealand dollars) one can either order a kit to create a mould of their ears themselves, or they can get them professionally made by an audiologist. these are then sent to accord to be scanned. 3D files will be prepared, ready to be printed from one of the number of materials available which the buyer can choose upon purchase. one is also able to select from a couple of different size options for the most suitable fitting. the devices would then be outfitted with drivers and buttons. the parts are printed on demand and assembled, eliminating the need for mass production runs which results in a more sustainable product.in turn, the resulting product could easily be localized by 3D printing firms in which global production is shared, reducing costs, lowering environment impact.
the ‘accord’ 3D printed earphones are projected for production in early 2014.
you may download the android test app to find out how it works here.
front and back detail
a context shot of the full set in gold plated 3D printed brass and nylon
the earphones feature a hanging pendant
personalized audio jack
mold, scan, fit and you have yourself a customized pair of 3D printed earphones
renderings of possible material variations