It is a very nice use of the 3D print to make the speaker, but let us be real - like every other product it does use other technologies too.
Somehow the media, the blogs and commentetors on the internt all make the 3D printer something it is not. Sadly the common person feels that what ever they want can be printed and used. I think we are very far away from that reality. For example the other day - I had a Dean of an Engineering school talk to me as if he can get his body parts printed and replaced. Now we know this so far from the truth, but that is what educated people believe, you can then imagine what the other common folks believe. We are engineers and let us be real please.
Excellent point. The primary function of a speaker is making sound, and nothing about sound is mentioned in the entire article. It seems that most articles about 3D printing only talk about how they look and not how well they function. They also never mention how much the equipment cost to design and make the parts or how many units wound up in the scrap barrel to get the one good one in the photograph.
I feel the 3D printing option has already started to play the game. The innovation has started with so many compliments towards it. 3D printing will surely be embraced by many in the future and it wont take long to make things which we never expected to be.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.