In the course Design of Mechatronics (41030) at DTU (Technical University of Denmark) we were challenged to create a speaker using mostly 3D-printing and laser cutting technology in 5 weeks. The design is supposed to resemble that of a B&O speaker, and from a handful of categories we chose to create a portable and wearable speaker.
Overview and Background
Lesson Plan and Activity
The world stands on the precipice of a fully fledged digital lifestyle where everything is becoming digital and previously unobtainable technology is accessed through people’s fingertips. Even the physical is able to be manufactured in one’s very own home with the use of digital fabrication.
How can desktop digital fabrication affect the mass manufacturing industries? Will we in the future still be compelled to pilgrimage to IKEA to buy identical products? Or will truly customized designs define a new paradigm? There are many predictions and speculations floating around of what this will mean to the everyday life as 3D printing technologies has become evermore available in the last few years.
Project Theme: Bang & Olufsen Create
For this project we have partnered with Bang & Olufsen Create. Create is a movement within Bang & Olufsen with a mission to inspire and be inspired by the global creative community.
What does it mean for a luxury brand like Bang & Olufsen if people are abandoning the concept of being consumers and instead want to become “prosumers”? In this project, you will explore, design and build a 3D printed speaker, around readily available electronics and components to see how far you can take the concept of a digitally manufactured loudspeaker.
You will be placed in the forefront of consumer/prosumer behaviour to develop 3D thinking skills and learn how to develop and prototype utilising 3D printers. You will gain the necessary tools to design and make objects utilising digital techniques.