German audio company Sennheiser and 3D technology developer and manufacturer Formlabs have partnered up. According to Tech Crunch‘s report, both companies are gearing up for the development of customized headphones by utilizing 3D printing.
Sennheiser and Formlabs collab for exclusive customized headphones, personalized for you
Formlabs will be utilizing Form 3B printer design for the production. The usage of such type of printer design is often for bio-compatible material, in which the utilization is mainly for dental applications. The company expects using Form 3B printer could press the production cost. Further specifications of the headphones are still top secret. However, Sennheiser’s Ambeo division will be developing technology for the custom headphone ear tips. On the realization, users will only need to scan their ears with a smartphone. Users then send it to the company for the finalization.
Quoted from Tech Crunch, the audio head for Formlabs, McLeod stated through a release, “our technology collaboration with Sennheiser seeks to change the way customers interact with the brands they love by enabling a more customized, user-centric approach to product development.” McLeod further continued, “Formlabs’ deep industry knowledge and broad expertise in developing scalable solutions enable us to deliver tangible innovations to our customers. In this case, we are working with Sennheiser’s Ambeo team to deliver a uniquely accessible, custom fit experience.”
Customized headphones at an affordable price?
Headphones customized for users’ ears are not really a new development. It has been known for headsets of high-end models. Sennheiser and Formlabs, however, expect to be able to produce more affordable headsets for people.
Currently, it is difficult to predict how much will the new customized headphones retail. Moreso with the product likely still in the prototype phase. One thing for sure is that the product will price a level higher than standard headphones. Though, the company’s release calling the headset under development “an affordable and simple solution is now available to mass 3D print custom-fit earphones” might be a good sign for the retail price.