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post #1441 of 2215

Looking at the prints, I don't think the resolution will be high enough. If you wanted to print CIEMs, you'd need something like http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/b9creations/b9creator-a-high-resolution-3d-printer which uses a polymer resin instead of  a filament. 

post #1442 of 2215

Getting closer to mainstream all the time, isn't it?

 

I estimate it'll be another 24-36 months and then we'll start to see some serious mass-market uptake of decent-resolution (albeit small-scale) 3D-printing.

 

Like many others, I expect 3D-printing will be MASSIVE.

 

If I had the money to invest, I'd be investing like crazy in 3D printer developers. I genuinely think 3D-printing can potentially give rise to a more successful company than Apple. Of course, the billion-dollar question then is, which of the 3DP companies will that be?

 

Meanwhile, how many of you CIEM DIY-ers have considered taking your ear impressions to a 3D-Printing workshop and asking them how much they'd charge for a small run of hollow shells? (Obviously, they'd need a bit of coaching on slightly enlarging the scanned mould model, to yield the equivalent of the 'wax-dipping' process).

 

Until such time as 3DP becomes truly viable in the home, I think outsourcing the 3DP could be the way to go.

 

I think companies like Minerva already offer a scanning service, though whether they'd be willing to produce empty moulds, too, I doubt, particularly since they seem to favour silicone.

 

Anyway, I'm quite certain there will be someone willing (even eager) to undertake the required work for a CIEM DIY-er, just as that Chinese fella demonstrates, on the manual side of things.


Edited by Mython - 10/15/12 at 5:56am
post #1443 of 2215
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Originally Posted by edba2000 View Post

Here is my recent project: CI+TWFK

 

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great sound!!!! (wood isn't finished, yet)

Those look great! Where did you manage to find the UE/Westone style connectors? I found something that seems to fit the bill at http://item.taobao.com/item.htm?spm=2013.1.0.129.3b6801&scm=1007.77.0.0&id=14271202065&ad_id=&am_id=&cm_id=&pm_id= but was hoping there was something from a more established source.

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post #1445 of 2215

I feel like I've seen a cheaper source from China somewhere...

post #1446 of 2215

or you can buy from http://colsanmicro.com/


Edited by cristian61 - 11/7/12 at 10:15am
post #1447 of 2215

Hi,
Maybe I'm in the wrong place but possibily you can help me.

My iem cable is broken many times so I decided to replace it with a home made detachable one. Here is the hardest part, I need an iem connector socket and plug together but I can't found them anywhere. 
Do you have any idea to solve my problem?

Thank you so much.

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Edited by MuZo2 - 11/1/12 at 6:33am
post #1449 of 2215

Sorry, my comment was ambiguous. I have a soundmgaic pl50 with non detachable cable and I'd like to transform it to detachable.
So it would be right the shure's type and the westone's type socket as well, the plug is easy to buy for either.


Edited by morfologus - 11/1/12 at 6:37am
post #1450 of 2215

I dont think its worth to do it for pl50

 

http://www.ebay.de/itm/DIY-Ultimate-Ears-UE-TF10-socket-Pair-for-IEM-pin-plugs-/120990883853?pt=UK_MP3_Player_Accessories_Replacement_Parts_Tools&hash=item1c2b9e600d

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Shure-SE535-SE425-SE315-SE215-DIY-Pin-Connector-Plug-Pair-/110967473617?pt=UK_AudioVisualElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Headphones&hash=item19d62d45d1

 

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Westone-WR-W4R-UM3X-RC-JH-UM-UE-DIY-Pin-Connector-Plug-Pair-Black-/110967415933?pt=UK_AudioVisualElectronics_HomeAudioHiFi_Headphones&hash=item19d62c647d

 

There is also a ebay seller from china, you will have to search the DIY forum a bit.

post #1451 of 2215

Thanks. I know the pl50 is not a serious iem but I really like it and I can't afford a more expensive earphone currently.
I think the tf10 socket is disproportionately expensive. This kit would be perfect http://www.ebay.com/itm/A-Pair-SHURE-SE-Ears-DIY-Plug-connector-Female-/320759741871?pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item4aaec53daf&nma=true&si=38VYRUYMd99wEVVZpxLGRPinA%2Fc%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
but I'm not sure if this works with the pl50 because to the driver connect two cables and the plug has one access. (Sorry for my stupid question)

post #1452 of 2215

i am not sure but i think you have to solder one cable to the pin and the other one to the shell.

but maybe someone else can confirm it.

 

btw 

these are the same thing but much cheaper

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MMCX-male-plug-solder-PCB-edge-surface-mount-RF-connector-/320847611661?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab402070d

 

http://www.ebay.com/itm/MMCX-female-solder-for-PCB-edge-surface-mount-RF-connector-/320847611470?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ab402064e


Edited by PakoBoy - 11/1/12 at 10:39am
post #1453 of 2215

Interesting read. From forums in China some DIYers, after testing their own DIY iems, commented that the crossover does have little effect on the sound. However, the filter, and tube length/material has a great effect on sound. Is this why Sony's XBA series doesn't use a crossover? 

post #1454 of 2215

Hi, maybe somebody knows -  exactly which Knowles BA drivers used in Meelec A161P?

Thanks.
post #1455 of 2215
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Originally Posted by morfologus View Post

Thanks. I know the pl50 is not a serious iem but I really like it and I can't afford a more expensive earphone currently.
I think the tf10 socket is disproportionately expensive. This kit would be perfect http://www.ebay.com/itm/A-Pair-SHURE-SE-Ears-DIY-Plug-connector-Female-/320759741871?pt=Other_MP3_Player_Accessories&hash=item4aaec53daf&nma=true&si=38VYRUYMd99wEVVZpxLGRPinA%2Fc%3D&orig_cvip=true&rt=nc&_trksid=p2047675.l2557
but I'm not sure if this works with the pl50 because to the driver connect two cables and the plug has one access. (Sorry for my stupid question)

@morfologus,

 

You're right that the TF10/CIEM socket is expensive (running about $19 USD a pair) but having had the same thought for my own pair of PL50 and gotten to the point of (fairly easy disassembly) but not yet to the point of choosing the adhesive to bond the sockets into the PL50 with (epoxy putty/silicone/other) and reading more about soldering on micro-sized joint areas (I want to watch a few more tutorial videos, etc before attaching the new internal wires) etc...; I feel that the TF10/CIEM socket (available from Frank @ Toxic Cables or Brian @ BTG Audio) that they fit the size of the PL50 best, certainly better than the comparatively bulky MMCX connector for the SHURE IEMs.  For your DIY Cable connectors the Lunashops UE/TF10 metal shells & connector tips are rather nice looking & fit the listed sockets well.

 

Thought you might appreciate the feedback. Good Luck with your PL50 removable socket mod.

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