Disney Research reveals new 3D-printed speakers
Unique designs from interactive imaginations
Disney continues to make life magical as its dedicated research company is set to produce 3D printed speakers.
The concept of electrostatic speaker technology – which requires no moving parts to generate sound – was originally developed in the 1930s, evolving in the hands of Disney researchers over time.
"The speaker can take the shape of anything from an abstract spiral to a rubber duck, opening new opportunities in product design," said a Disney Research spokesperson.
Each unique speaker will have the ability to play high-quality sounds at fairly loud volumes (up to 60 dB).
To create the speakers, an electrode plate and a thin diaphragm are 3D printed, with the more complicated diaphragms cast in a negative mould also created using the same format. These are then coated with nickel-based conductive spray paint and a polythene coating, which are then assembled with a layer of air in between the two.
The device can be held and touched without affecting the sound quality and can also produce non-audible sound, which the developers hope will be used for gaming and other interactive systems in the future.
The speakers still require an element of human assembly, which the team expect to be eliminated as the 3D printing technology evolves...