Getting Started

FD51-4OS in Single Hex

Making and assembling your on 3D printed speaker driver does not need to be a hard task! The designs start as easy as possible and do not require specialist tools like you see in ‘how it’s made’ videos. To help with this, I am breaking the process down into stages:

Stage 1: Components Required

Please select the driver or drivers you plan to create below, and this will then show you all the parts you will require. It is advised to start with FD51 series, with FD51-4OS being the easiest to create. If however you wish to jump straight to a more capable and complex driver, feel free too!

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Stage 2: Print Settings

In order to create a 3D Printed speaker driver, you will need to work with both flexible and standard filaments. Some models also will require hardened steel nozzles or similar to use the materials I did. This does not mean you cannot experiment however!

See below the profile settings I use for printing these components:

Solid Filaments:

  • 0.50mm Nozzle Diameter
  • 0.15mm Layer Height
  • 2 Perimeter / Walls
  • 20% Infill

Speaker Cones:

  • 0.50mm Nozzle Diameter
  • 0.15mm Layer Height
  • Vase / Spiral mode
  • 0 Bottom or Top layers

Flexible Filaments:

  • 0.40mm Nozzle Diameter
  • 0.15mm Layer Height
  • 1 Perimeter / Wall
  • Tick box for thin wall detection if available in your slicer

Stage 3: Assembling your 3D printed driver

Most of my drivers follow a similar design assembly path. This is due to the work done before FD51 released. Each driver will be getting its own assembly guide, but for now FD51-4OS has both a guide and a Youtube video!

On top of this, if you have any questions on assembly whilst I am making these guides, you can contact me via email or Twitter. I will get back to you as quickly as I can!

Stage 4: Selecting an enclosure

There are many enclosures for the drivers I have created. Each one focuses on achieving a specific task compared to another. This may be quick print time and low material usage, or extending bass as much as possible. I encourage anyone who wants to however to make there own enclosures!

For details on each enclosure, simply have to a look at ‘cabinets’ under the appropiate driver you are using at the top of the webpage. This will also contain the screw thread dimensions for if you plan to design and print your own designed enclosure. I encourage this and if you want it uploaded to the site with a link to yourself, email me and we will make it happen!

Stage 5: Wiring your amplifier

The last stage is hooking your new printed speaker to an amplifier. Each driver series will have a suggested amplifier if you do not already own one, but will also work on standard amplifiers as the impedance of these drivers is built to match typical values.

For each amplifier suggested, I will create a guide on how to wire your speaker up. Until I have created these guides, please feel free to contact me on advise if you are struggling.

Stage 6: Enjoy and Feedback

Congratulations! You have successfully created your own 3D printed speaker driver. In doing so you have also helped the project, and can do so even more by giving feedback to the experience, what you would like to see, and what you had trouble with. You can do this directly via email or by contacting me on social media.

You now also have the skills to create one of the other designs as and when they come. My ultimate goals are to both create a product to sell which competes with industry drivers, but also continue to create 3D printed drivers which also close this gap, enabling you to have creative freedom, and a continuously upgrading sound system. Thanks again for your support!

Paul

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