Designer J.C Karich has posted his design for a pair of 3D printed headphones on Thingiverse which requires a 3D printer, open source designs and a little ingenuity.
Karich 3D printed the headphone’s earpieces and head-loop but rather than use off the shelf audio components to make them work, he made everything else from scratch. He made the speakers himself by coiling copper wire around a groove that is built into each earpiece for this purpose, which also houses a small magnet.
The 3.5mm jack is also 3D printed, with the metal audio connections created from a wire that’s wrapped around the tiny plug. The headphone cord was made using a fabrick.it fabric connector.
What amazed Karich when he put everything together, was that it worked, but they need a separate amplifier to play music from an iPhone or similar device.
“the sound quality is very nice against all expectations”
Watch this video and judge for yourself.