After news came of Dutch design company MX3D‘s plan to build a steel bridge over an Amsterdam canal exclusively using 3D printing robots, premier headphone manufacturer V-MODA has also jumped into the 3D printing conversation with some heavily customisable headphone shields.
Already a favourite of Claude VonStroke and Roger Sanchez, V-MODA has announced it’s plans to let users personalise its XS and Crossfade M-100 headphones with 3D-printed shields from materials such as fiber, stainless steel, sterling silver, solid 14 karat gold and platinum.
Though the 3D-printed fiber and stainless steel parts are expected to be sold between $40 – $100, respectively, depending on the style of your headphones, however the price jumps rather significantly for the platinum option at $40,000. As extra incentive, the company is lowering the price of their Crossfade models, in hopes customers will upgrade to the 3D-printed one.
“Additive manufacturing for wearable technology is not only a product, but a 360-degree service and paradigm-shift for design and manufacturing,” says Val Kolton, CEO of V-MODA. Kolton also says the use of 3D printing could lead to the end of overuse and reliance on plastic consumer materials in popular electronics, making the intent behind the design schematic an environmental one as well..
V-MODA has not yet announced a street date for the product but expects one later this year. If you’re interested, you can visit the V-MODA by clicking here.