Nothing beats a custom earbud. Sennheiser̵
Custom earplugs are super comfortable and offer better sound quality and more noise isolation than generic earplugs. That’s why custom hearing aids, monitors and earplugs are so common, and why companies like Formlabs want to revolutionize the custom audio wear scene with 3D printing and cost-effective scanning technology.
Traditional customization methods for custom audio solutions are cumbersome and expensive. You need to visit an audiologist, get an impression of your ear canals, and pay the nose for a company to make your earplugs. The methodology of Formlabs, on the other hand, makes custom audiowear a lot more accessible for the common person. Companies like Snug already use similar scanning and printing methods to develop inexpensive custom earmuffs, so it’s no wonder Sennheiser got in touch to partner with Formlabs.
Details about the collaboration between Sennheiser and Formlabs are small. We don’t know when (or if) the companies will launch a 3D printed earbud program, how much these custom earbuds will cost, or what earbuds the earbuds would work with. Still, it’s an exciting development that could make high-end audio more accessible, which is a win for everyone.