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Posted: Apr 16, 2013
3D print your own headphones, including the audio jack (w/video)
(Nanowerk News) The Low Fi Hi Tech headphones is a research project by designer J.C. Karich to find out a way to create a fully functional pair of audio headphones without any manufactured part, this means all the parts of this headset are raw materials, such as wire, tape, solder, magnets and of course 3D printed parts.
The most challenging part was to make the right combination of 3D printed elements such as the speaker piece, the ear part had to be a good acoustic case and should to include a holder for the magnet, the speaker itself is a very thin printed part with a very thin rail to be able to insert the copper wire in it.
Karich writes that once he got that part working, he decided to go further, drawing the plug to fit a standard Jack connector, this was a very tricky part because the model of this was a very thin part to print and creating the connections only with wire was a real challenge.
Again it worked! And even if many people would hesitate to plug this weird looking but familiar plug, Karich assures you it works with no risks on jamming inside your portable audio device.
Anyway, the sound quality is very nice against all expectations but will necessitate a power amplifier to be louder when using only portable sources like pods or phones.