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Jan 17, 2016 | By Benedict
Adafruit’s Ruiz Brothers have released a manual for adding app-regulated LED lights to a pair of headphones, with lightweight 3D printed enclosures utilized to store all things together.

Everyone at 3Ders loves listening to music—we’ll play anything of Justin 3Dber to Chet Ultibaker to Jamie XXtruder. In fact, we imagine many of the 3D printing community listens to music at very least once in a while. But whilst 3D printed headphones are may already a thing, relatively few of us have utilized 3D printing to directly enhance our musical experiences. That may be of to alter, for the reason Adafruit’s Ruiz Brother’s have only released a manual for jazzing up a pair of headphones with a super-cool 3D printed modification.
The latest Adafruit project involves affixing smart LED rings to each side of a pair of headphones. These LED rings, contained inside a lightweight 3D printed enclosure, can be regulated via an iOS or Android device. Thanks to a handy Bluetooth connection, wearers of the funky 3D printed modifications can set the LED lights follow pre-programmed patterns at the touch of a button, choosing the many appropriate color combos for whatever beats gets dropped.


To manufacture the 3D printed headphone mods, four components need to be purchased: an Adafruit Feather 32u4 Bluefruit LE, a 500mAh Lithium Polymer Battery, two 16x NeoPixel Rings and a Slide Switch. In addition to these components, manufacturers can need a 3D printing device and different types of other bits and bobs—not to mention a pair of on-ear/over-ear headphones. The Ruiz Brothers warn that the 3D printed enclosures can not fit each fashion of headphone, and are most suited to those with flat ear cups not covered by the headband. Each case has a diameter 58mm (2.28 inches), so get your rulers out preceding building any firm commitments to the project.

The 3D printing project has been labelled as “intermediate” by the Ruiz Brothers, so it may pose problems for DIY beginners. The 3D printed parts are relatively easy and tiny, and should prove no trouble for in fact the many basic of 3D printing devices. PLA is recommended, although ABS and other filaments may be utilized with a heated printing bed. As with many of their 3D printing projects, the talented siblings utilized Autodesk Fusion 360 to turn it into the 3D printable parts—manufacturers can download the Autodesk files and amend the create as they see fit. The brothers printed their accessories with a Flashforge Creator Pro dual-extruder 3D printing device, and have explained how to print in two materials in a separate video.

The LED rings that take centre stage on the Ruiz Brothers’ latest 3D printed gizmos in fact assist the same function as those that adorn their 3D printed Daft Punk helmet, that we reported on two weeks ago. The Arduino sketch is on the market to download on the project page, and a thorough circuitry explanation can manual manufacturers through the groovy 3D printing project.
Have a go at building your own hip-hopping headphone modifications, crank up the (build) volume and get 3Dancing!

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