Audible Accord (2013)

Audible Accord (2013)

Augmentation: decorative application

While studying Industrial Design at Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand) Julian Goulding explored consumer product applications of 3D printing techniques by developing an App to facilitate custom made earphones. The main driver behind this project was the growing concern about the financial and environmental costs behind mass production of consumer goods. In the case of earphones, not only is the frequent change in fashion a concern, but also mass produced one-size-fits-all products don’t really fit anyone in particular. Julian’s Accord earphones combine a range of technologies to provide a maximum of personal expression at a minimum of costs. A physical impression of the inner ear (taken by audiologist or made with a DIY kit) is scanned and the digital file held at Accord. The buyer of the App will design the look of them, Accord will create and send the digital printing file to the local printing service provider, who will in turn ship them to the buyer.

This was perceived as another exciting application of 3D printing and digital technologies and designboom published it to bring it to the attention of hundreds of thousands of design professionals and businesses.

Materials and processes – close up

Software

These projects used a range of programs: CAD, 3DS Max, Maya, Mudbox and Solidworks to combine and modify the various scan data sets.

Hardware

Accord: sample testing during development was done on the Up Minis in-house, the project final was done on the Connex 500 and afterwards a sample in gold was ordered and printed through Shapeways. The scanner was a modified Microsoft Kinect remote.

Project level

Accord: Under-graduate, Course name: Digital Form INDN 311, course coordinator: Ross Stevens