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But the most effective solution, custom-designed earpieces, has only been in reach of those with the time and means to seek out an audio professional for custom molds, and then pay a heap of cash for tailored manufacturing. Normal aims to change all of that. For $200 about what youll pay for standardin-ear headphones of the premium variety Normal will send you a pair of earphones in as little as 48 hours that are carefully crafted for those unique little holes in your head. The earphones come in a variety of colors with an inline remote and mic piece, and a custom laser-engraved carrying case. Tax and shipping are also included in the price. So how does Normal get your ear size? Your smartphone, of course. The company offers a free app to download, which walks you through the process of taking pictures of each ear, and sending the data out to Normals New York offices for manufacture. Just how accurate a design the company can create from a pair of inner-ear selfies remains to be seen.
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The app has two clever mechanism in place for helping you take photos, and for helping Normal decide how big (or small) your ears are. When you open the app's camera screen, it asks you to face forward and hold a quarter up next to each ear. Then, a dotted outline forms onscreen to show you how to frame up your head, and only then does the app tell you to turn your head directly to the side. With your head on a swivel, its a lot simpler to get a good shot or so I witnessed in a few tests. Once youre finished customizing your earbuds, taking photos, and entering your credit card information, the app beams your specifications to the companys Chelsea office / factory space, where nearly a dozen Stratasys Fortus 250mc 3D-printers wait to fulfill orders. The company uses the size and shape of the quarter in each photo as a scale to measure your ear openings. If all goes according to plan, youll have a pair of custom-fitted headphones in your hands 48 hours later. If they don't fit, Normal will craft you a new pair for free. Ill reserve judgment on the fidelity of Normals until I can try a pair myself, but if they dont sound good, all the 3D-printing and fitting and customization would be for naught.
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The C3R hybrid repair work cell will be available to other universities or commercial companies, which can contract with RIT for funded development or use the work cell for themselves for development and production work. About C3R The Center for Remanufacturing and Resource Recovery (C3R) at Rochester Institute of Technology is internationally recognized as the leading center for research and development in the remanufacturing field. The Center was established as a partnership between industry, academia and the government to support industry advancement. Since 1991, C3R has worked to develop, test and implement efficient and cost-effective remanufacturing processes while also promoting the design of products that have minimal negative environmental impacts. C3R is a research unit of the Golisano Institute for Sustainability (GIS). The Center conducts independent research on remanufacturing technologies, design for remanufacturing, logistics and policy, and business operations. The Center is closely tied and aligned with the Remanufacturing Industries Council and functions as its research and development arm, both nationally and internationally. More information can be found at http://www.rit.edu/gis/remanufacturing/ About Optomec Optomec is a privately-held, rapidly growing supplier of production grade Additive Manufacturing systems. Optomec patented Aerosol Jet systems for printed electronics and LENS 3D Printers for metal components are used by industry to reduce product cost and improve performance. Together, these unique printing solutions work with the broadest spectrum of functional materials, ranging from electronic inks to structural metals and even biological matter. Optomec has more than 150 marquee customers around the world, targeting production applications in the Electronics, Energy, Life Sciences and Aerospace industries.
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Elizabeth Lindsay One size fits none, is the tagline for New York-based company Normal , which uses advanced mobile and 3D-printing technologies to create custom-fit earphones that anyone can order in just minutes without leaving the house. I had the problem of uncomfortable earphones and was trying to figure out what else was on the market, Nikki Kaufman, Normal founder, told ABC News. After looking into the process of getting earphones custom made, the doctors appointment, silicone mold, three-week wait and $2,000 price tag seemed a little much. The process was totally unacceptable to me and I wanted to see if there was a better solution, says Kaufman. There had to be a better way. Kaufman found her solution in a combination of photo technology and 3D-printing. With the free Normal app, customers simply have to take a picture of each ear, holding up a quarter as a size reference, and the 3D-printer does the rest. We can make your custom fit based solely from that photo, says Kaufman, who is eager about the possibilities that Normal technology can bring. This is a really exciting because its one of the first ways 3D-printing is actually mass producing a product, she says. The earphones, which can be uniquely designed to an individual's taste, cost $199 and take as little as 48 hours for delivery. Though Normal is fully committed to creating the perfect earphones, Kaufman is not ruling out the possibility of more customizable products down the line.
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