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J.C. Karich’s 3D-Printed Headphones Are Music to Our Ears

Posted By Lidija Grozdanic On April 12, 2013 @ 5:36 pm In green gadgets,green technology | No Comments

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If you’ve always had trouble finding the perfect pair of headphones, this new 3D-printed iteration just might be music to your ears. Made with just a few simple elements, they combine 3D-printed [2] parts with raw materials such wire, tape, solder and magnets. The designer, J.C. Karich [3], 3D-printed the speaker pieces, ear parts and even the plug, which can fit a standard jack connector. Although the headphones need a power amplifier to play music from a smartphone, Karich claims that the sound quality is actually better than expected.



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The headband, the largest of the 3D-printed parts [5], has an accordion-fold shape built into it, and works as a plastic spring to make the headphones [6] flexible as they stretch across the head. Karich also coiled copper wire inside the printed casing which has a small space on the opposite side for the magnet. The speaker itself is a very thin 3D-printed piece with a rail for the wire. The plastic headphone jack can fit into any standard headphone outlet without getting caught while it’s inserted into a device.

+ J.C. Karich [3]

Via Gizmodo [7]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/04/3D-Printer-Headphones-J.C.-Karich-1.jpg

[2] 3D-printed: http://inhabitat.com/scientists-create-worlds-first-3d-printed-3d-printer/

[3] J.C. Karich: http://www.karich.cl/?p=601

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2013/04/3D-Printer-Headphones-J.C.-Karich-2.jpg

[5] 3D-printed parts: http://inhabitat.com/tag/3d-printed-body-parts/

[6] headphones: http://inhabitat.com/q-sound-solar-powered-bluetooth-enabled-headphones/

[7] Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/5994293/3d-printed-headphones-you-can-build-from-the-ground-up

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