I’m a big fan a 3D printed things and these are a really cool way to blend 3D printing and tech into a useful product for your home. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the nautilus design, it has been used by Bowers & Wilkins to produce what they term – The Perfect Speaker, and the audiophiles tend to agree. These speakers do however come at an enormous cost, around $60,000 a pair!
Nickolae has taken on the challenge to build his own set of speakers with an awesome design, unique appearance and great sound quality and he has done an amazing job! I love the way the stone spray finish contrasts with the oak wooden parts.
How To Make Your Own 3D Printed Nautilus Speakers
You’ll obviously need a 3D printer and you’ll need some wood tools to finished the housings off with the oak legs and speaker rings. Nickolae used a CNC router to produce the wooden components but not every hobbyist has one in their workshop.
You can download the STL files for 3D printing your own speakers here – Nautilus Speaker Files.
If you’re looking for more 3D printing ideas, have a look at these 30 awesome things to 3D print.
Once the plastic components are 3D printed, they are joined with epoxy adhesive, filled with a light weight wood filler and then sanded to a smooth surface finish. On top of the body filler, a coat of plastic etch primer was applied and then a stone effect top coat was used to finish them off.
The speaker legs and rings were then cut using a CNC router from a block of oak. These can also be fairly easily made by hand. The wooden components are simply sanded and finished off in a clear lacquer.
The spikes to finish off the legs were made using bolts which have been sanded down on a belt sander into a point.
The components are then assembled and the speakers mounted in the wooden speaker rings. A short length of speaker wire connects the speakers to the gold plugs at the back of each unit and the speakers are ready to be used.
For the full guide and write up by Nickolae, make sure that you check out his Instructable.
If you enjoyed this project, have a look at this guide to Making Your Own Inexpensive Stands For Surround Sound Speakers.
Hi, my name is Michael and I started this blog in 2016 to share my DIY journey with you. I love fixing, renovating and building – I’m always looking for new projects and exciting DIY ideas. If you do too, grab a cup of coffee and settle in, I’m happy to have you here.