expose 3D printed desktop speakers by simon ellison
expose 3D printed desktop speakers by simon ellison expose 3D printed desktop speakers by simon ellison
jul 03, 2013

expose 3D printed desktop speakers by simon ellison

‘expose’ 3D printed desktop speakers by simon ellison
all images courtesy simon ellison



new zealander designer simon ellison has utilized multi material 3D printing methods to bring forth the idea of a new manufacturing technique into the realm of speaker drivers. with this, the additive combination-material print process results as a solid construction, allowing for complex and structurally intricate details. working together with an audio engineer, the speaker is conceived to push the boundaries of traditional hi-fi sound design, exploring the ratios of digital material production.


taking just over nine hours to print and three hours to clean, the driver assembly was put together with the coil and magnet of a traditional driver, and wired to allow capabilities for a mono speaker. the complete component construction fits within a glass housing, fully equipped with an RCA terminal.



3D printed desktop speakers with a glass housing



the glass housing allows the driver to be seen unlike traditional speaker shells



the front of the driver was designed to resemble a traditional speaker with the clear material allowing a view to the details behind



the wiring was designed to flow with the overall elements of the speaker



the speaker is great for beside the bed or with another could be an interesting desktop setup



the black magnet sits inside the copper coil and allows the cone to resonate producing the sound



the connex 500 allows for multi and digital material printing



the speaker finalized from the connex 500 print bed



exploded view – component details



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • Quick produce a great quality functioning model and sell me!!!

    Alexander Kandisaputro says:
  • WOW!! As an educator it is interesting for me as a designer also seeing where this kind of tech will lead to, and where the students(the future applicators) will take this…

    Thanks Simon

    blacksheep says:
  • 3-hours to clean sounds about right for Objet. PITA.

    Of course there are the other issues:
    – Don’t let the print get anywhere near sunlight, as the UV curing resin will continue to “cure” into an unstable state.
    – I’ve yet to see any permutation of Tango withstand real forces (tears very easily).

    But it’s a great idea and shows fantastic promise once the technology evolves. Congrats to the design team, and here’s to hoping Stratasys / Object continues improving material stability and performance.

    jethead says:

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