Use print+ to Make ‘Most Customisable Headphone Ever’
Headphones are an important component of music making and listening. The demand for this product is high — blink once and there’s a new model on the shelves. But when the Netherlands-based company print+ set out to raise more than $11,000 on Kickstarter to fund its D.I.Y. headphone kits, it could not have imagined that hundreds of backers would contribute more than double that goal (and the campaign hasn’t ended).
print+ strives to create “great sounding headphones designed to be customised, fixed and upgraded.” The company has produced a D.I.Y. kit that allows people to make customizable headphones. Users can print the phones on their own or at a 3D Hubs, which services 156 countries worldwide.
The files for the plastic parts are available for free download and can be printed in the color choice of the buyer. Those without a 3D printer can utilize 3D Hubs services. The five parts —speaker housing (x 2), speaker cover (x 2) and frame (x 1)— are easy to print without support structures and require approximately 20 hours to complete. Initially, three designs will be available. The parts are to be assembled using the special kit — no tools, including glue or screws, are necessary.
To learn more about the project, or contribute before it ends on Wednesday, Oct. 14, visit the Kickstarter campaign page. You can also follow along through the official print+ website.