We just learned 3D Systems acquired the Solid Ink Product Design group of Xerox and is expected to advance 3D printing technology this year. If you’re still not convinced that the technology has a bright future, maybe this 3D-printed speaker by Cornell will. Sounds impossible but it’s not. Researchers printed a working loudspeaker made from 3D-printed materials–a combination of conductive and magnetic pieces forming plastic shells. These were printed to complete a loudspeaker as demonstrated in the video below.
Don’t expect high quality of sound but it’s working. I don’t doubt quality will improve but it will take some time. Cornell researchers were able to integrate plastic with conductive and magnetic parts.
This only proves that we can do almost anything with a 3D printer. The technology is still in its early stages but I have a feeling it will quickly advance and start a whole new industry, as well as, end some businesses.
< Source: Cornell >