In its 86-year history, the industrial design firm Teague has helped commercialize some groundbreaking technology, from the original Polaroid camera to the cabin of the 1946 Boeing Stratocruiser. They continue their legacy of innovation today with their design work on the first Xbox and the interiors of Boeing’s latest superplane, the 787 Dreamliner. And now they’ve started pushing into the 3D-printing world with the 13:30 headset, a creation they call the first “prototype as product.”
The 13:30 isn’t the first 3D-printed consumer product — many offerings from toys to hearing aids beat them to market — but this might be the first high-profile consumer product designed specifically for printing that is as easy to download as a song from iTunes.
The headphones are made up of nine 3D-printed parts (downloadable at Thingiverse) and a handful of electronic components: two drivers, a couple of RCA jacks, and some wires and springs. The design was purposefully kept simple and solderless to make it easier to assemble and recycle.
Read the complete article at Wired.