3D Printed Speakers with an LED Lightshow

connex-led-speakersA three-person engineering team from Autodesk is getting loads of attention for their amazing creation: 3D printed audio speakers, embedded with LED lights that use an app from startup LumiGeek to react to changes in sound. A multi-material Objet Connex500 3D printer by Stratasys turned this idea into reality.

The speakers are aesthetically pleasing, offer good sound quality and are completely portable. The base of the speakers (used to house the speaker component) was 3D printed in TangoBlackPlus, a rubber-like black material that is both strong and flexible. The “crystal” pieces that house the LED lights were printed in VeroClear, a rigid transparent material and perfect for LumiGeek’s audioreactive LED light show.

For more details on this unique project, catch Engagdet’s video interview of co-creator Evan Atherton.

And this clip from Wired shows how the 3D printed speakers were combined with LEDs.

Atherton also posted the plans for the 3D printed speakers (as globes or other shape variations) on Instructables and his own video of the speakers in action.

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  • bonooobong
    Apr 9, 2013 7:55 PM

    Wow! It looks fabulous! Such a unique design! And the greatets thing is that is already downloadable from Thingiverse, all the .stl files, you can download them and print on your desktop 3D printer from transparent PLA. There are some instructions and tutorials how to model the geometry on a 3D modeling software like blender as well, but @Dizingof on Thingiverse has already prepared the .stl files for a click-and-print process. Cannot wait to have my own:) I need to choose the right speakers yet..

  • 3dnatives
    Apr 9, 2013 7:55 PM

    Very nice ! Th sound is pretty good as well.

    • jag
      Apr 9, 2013 7:55 PM

      How could you tell what the sound was like, were you sitting in the room?

  • Genesis Studios
    Apr 9, 2013 7:55 PM

    Very cool design! Love the colors!

  • jimmy kraktov
    Apr 9, 2013 7:55 PM

    I just read about a 3D car that will attempt to do a NY to Sanfran on 10 gallons of biofuel. These would be good speakers to put in it for the trip :~)

  • Søren
    Apr 9, 2013 7:55 PM

    Genius. I want these. Hope the sound is as cool as the design.

  • bigwoofer
    Apr 9, 2013 7:55 PM

    To be clear, the speaker is not 3d printed. The enclosure is, and the sphere is a perfect shape for a speaker. I’ll take a pair but they need to be the size of beach balls 🙂

  • gfunkelectric
    Apr 9, 2013 7:55 PM

    A sphere is a TERRIBLE shape for a speaker. Standing waves and resonance anyone? And surely the whole idea good speaker design is as much down to the materials.

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  • NYrender
    Apr 9, 2013 7:55 PM

    Wow! Amazing! Superb design!

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