About this project
Introducing the most customizable headphone ever!
Print+ has developed a DIY kit that enables you to make your own headphone. By combining 3D printed parts with components from the print+ kit you can create a headphone that is truly yours.
How does it work?
3D print the plastic parts in the color of your choice on your 3D printer. If you don't have a printer use a local 3D Hub. Combine the 3D printed parts with components from the print+ headphone kit. Assembly is super simple, no screws, glue or tools required - just a pair of hands!
Print+ DIY headphone kit
3D printed parts
Files for the 3D printed parts will be available as free download. The parts are very easily printed without support structure and take about 20 hours to finish. There will be 3 basic designs available at first.
There are five parts to be printed: speaker housing (2x), speaker cover (2x) and frame (1x)
Don't have access to a 3D printer? Print your headphone via 3D Hubs
If you do not own a 3D printer, parts can be easily ordered from our Launch Partner 3D Hubs. 3D Hubs is a worldwide network of 3D Printers, with over 22.000 3D printers in 156 countries - so there is always a printer near you.
We'll accompany your reward with simple to follow instructions for ordering your prints.
Are you a 3D Hub owner? Sign up for print+ certification.
3D Hubs is accepting applications from Hubs that would like become a certified print+ 3D Hub. This means access to a potential steady flow of print+ 3D print orders. Are you a 3D Hub owner with a FDM type 3D printer and would you like to become a certified print+ 3D Hub? Fill out this simple form and 3D Hubs will get back to you as soon as the campaign is finished.
Indication of the cost for the 3D printed parts
Stretch goals: unlock the colors!
We have selected a color palette of 22 colors for our cushions, headbands and audio cables that will become available by reaching several stretch goals.
Backers are choosers
Backers will be able to choose which colors will be added first: after each stretch goal we will send out a survey where backers can vote on which colors they want to unlock first. Votes from backers with bigger rewards will have a greater influence.
Unlocking the colors
Because we were funded so fast - and at the time of writing - have almost reached our first stretch goal. We have decided to already unlock 4 colors as a bonus in addition to leather: black, dark grey, grey and white. We have set our first 3 stretch goals at €15.000, €22.500 and €30.000. Upon reaching each of the stretch goals - colors will be unlocked - voted for - and added to the manufacturing roster.
The colors your kit will come with
After the Kickstarter campaign is over, you will be able to make the final decision what color(s) your kit(s) should come with - regardless how you voted during 'unlocking colors'. We will ask for your final choice through the final survey we send out after the Kickstarter campaign is over. Cushions are chosen per set, headband and audio cable can be chosen independently. So if you like, you can choose a color for the headband, for the set of cushions and for the cable.
Why add color?
3D printing enables a great number of materials and colors to be used. So it only makes sense to offer our components in a great variety of colors as well. Otherwise you will still add the same black (leather) components to your unique and custom colored 3D printed parts. This limits the headphone's customization options. By offering colors and combining components with your 3D prints - you will be able to create headphones that are unique - and have a high quality look and feel.
Risks and challenges
There is always a risk that suppliers - for many different reasons - will not be able to deliver when the Kickstarter campaign is a success. We have built in extra time in our production schedule to accommodate for unforeseen setbacks. We don't foresee any delays - but we rather under-promise and over-deliver then the other way around!
Getting the colors between our cushions and cables right will be a big focus during production and might take a couple of trials to get just right. Again - the extra built in time in our production schedule should give us enough breathing room to get the quality we are aiming for.
Molds and tooling for our components have already been made during the sample making process. People will 3D print many of the complex plastic parts at home. This greatly simplifies the size and complexity of our supply chain and reduces the risk and challenges that would normally involve bringing a new headphone to market.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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