Stratasys Objet30 PolyJet 3D Printer used to Create Luxury Audiowings Wireless Headphones
3D Printing Case – Consumer Electronics
Wired and wireless headphones are exploding in popularity today with various ranges of styles and features vying for consumer attention.
|British product design house, Ignitec, has designed and manufactured a new generation of wireless headphones for the technology start-up and luxury goods company Audiowings, using its Objet30 Pro 3D Printer by Stratasys.|
The headphones are unlike anything in the market right now since they sync with online music services, such as Spotify and they have onboard storage for music on the go.
They can also directly connect wirelessly to the Internet using 3G or 4G LTE networks or Wi-Fi. Most luxury headphones still require a connected smartphone to access music services like Spotify or Google Play Music.
Objet30 Pro 3D printer was the obvious choice
“When we were first approached with the concept of Audiowings and briefed on its prototyping requirements, we instantly knew 3D printing would be the answer,” explained Ben Mazur, Director of Ignitec. “Our Objet30 Pro 3D Printer was the obvious choice since it has the ability to produce products on demand that depict the accuracy and surface quality of injection molding.”
|Ignitec’s adoption of Stratasys’ PolyJet 3D printing technology aimed to increase the precision of its prototype parts, as well as reduce its prototyping costs and development cycle times. Equipped with an Objet30 Pro 3D Printer, Ignitec has since seen a significant reduction in the time required to 3D print and hand-finish its prototyped parts.|
Rapid Prototyping has revolutionized the way Ignitec can get it's clients product to market.
“Quality is paramount and is the driving force behind all of our projects,” added Mazur. “We 3D printed the headphones in a durable rigid opaque grey material (VeroGrey), not only enabling us to perfect the look and feel, but also perform ergonomic testing with the user’s comfort level – always integral to this development.”
People’s Award winner at “Pitch to Rich”
The first fully 3D printed Audiowings prototype was entered into Sir Richard Branson’s “Pitch to Rich” 2014 competition. Audiowings has since been awarded the “People’s Award,” receiving a prestigious mentoring program from some of the world’s leading business minds. Audiowings is currently finalizing its plans to enter the retail market.
|Equipped with an Objet30 Pro 3D Printer from UK reseller Stanford Marsh Group, Ignitec has since seen a significant reduction in the time required to 3D print and hand-finish its prototyped parts.|
“Since introducing Stratasys 3D printing into our work flow, we have cut our finishing time by more than 50% due to the reduction of support material removal required,” Mazur said. “We have also seen a surge in client interest due to the fact that we can now produce prototype parts with a short turnaround time, while retaining the highest quality and remaining cost effective. Being able to offer functional prototypes prior to manufacturing is something which is very valuable to our clients and takes away a lot of risk and guess work.”
|If you want to explore how you can use PolyJet 3D printing for your rapid prototyping be sure to contact us to speak with one of our product development experts.|