Formlabs Develops Custom, 3D-Printed Earphone Prototype for Sennheiser’s AMBEO applications
Somerville, MA, Feb. 18, 2021 – Formlabs, a leading 3D printing company, and audio specialist Sennheiser’s AMBEO division partnered to develop a production method that enables customers to affordably and easily customize their earphones to fit their unique ears. The custom-fit, 3D-printed ear tip prototypes in development further refine an immersive sound experience.
"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,” said Iain McLeod, Director of Audio at Formlabs. “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.”
Formlabs’ automated manufacturing solution provides the capability to bring mass customization to the consumer audio industry. By automating multiple Form 3B printers and processes around an integrated digital workflow, an affordable and simple solution is now available to mass 3D print custom-fit earphones.
“We are very excited about the concept of custom fit to deliver a custom experience to further enhance immersive listening,” said Véronique Larcher, Director of AMBEO Immersive Audio at Sennheiser. “Formlabs shares Sennheiser’s drive for innovation – and improving the customer experience through this prototype is a testament to that mindset.”
Audio is one of the many industries Formlabs’ innovative 3D printing technology can impact. The company’s printers are used in engineering, manufacturing, dental and healthcare, and they are the number one seller of stereolithography 3D printers worldwide. In the audiology space, Formlabs has once again disrupted the industry by cutting costs and production time for 3D-printed hearing aids and enabling the creation of accessible, custom-fit earphones.
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Shaping the future of audio and creating unique sound experiences for customers – this aim unites Sennheiser employees and partners worldwide. Founded in 1945, Sennheiser is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of headphones, loudspeakers, microphones and wireless transmission systems. Since 2013, Sennheiser has been managed by Daniel Sennheiser and Dr. Andreas Sennheiser, the third generation of the family to run the company. In 2019, the Sennheiser Group generated turnover totaling €756.7 million. www.sennheiser.com
Formlabs is expanding access to digital fabrication, so anyone can make anything. Headquartered in Somerville, Massachusetts with offices in Germany, Japan, China, Singapore, Hungary, and North Carolina, Formlabs is the professional 3D printer of choice for engineers, designers, manufacturers, and decision makers around the globe. Formlabs products include the Form 3, Form 3B and Form 3L, powered by an advanced form of stereolithography (SLA) called Low Force Stereolithography (LFS)TM 3D printing, Form 2 SLA 3D printer, Form Wash and Form Cure post-processing solutions, Fuse 1 SLS 3D printer, and Form Cell manufacturing solution. Formlabs also develops its own suite of high-performance materials that continue to push the boundaries for 3D printing, as well as best-in-class 3D printing software.