Teenage Engineering, a Swedish electronics company specializing in synthesizers can call itself the first company to offer replacement parts for their products as downloadable 3D printed files. They offer this service in collaboration with Shapeways.
This is a very important step towards a new commercial marketplace that has several benefits. The company now doesn’t have to warehouse and distribute replacement parts for their synthesizers. But what’s cool for the customers is that they now have the opportunity to modify and customize aspects of their synthesizers. This is what Teenage Engineering had to say about implementing their new service:
“We work hard to make our OP-1 users happy with free OS updates and added functionality. But sometimes we fail. As some have noted, the shipping cost of the OP-1 accessories is very high. This is because we can’t find a good delivery service for small items. Meanwhile, we have decided to put all CAD files of the parts in our library section for you to download. The files are provided in both STEP and STL format. Just download the files and 3D print as many as you want. Next fail is the OP-1 manual update. We are almost there…we promise it will be ready sometime next week. Thank you all for your patience, we promise to work even harder in the future to make you happy.
Teenage OP-1 “fail” Team”
While many individuals have posted replica replacement parts amongst their own creations online, Shapeways says this is the only instance they know of of a manufacturer doing so.
The price of any of their CAD designs doesn’t exceed $4 and if you have a 3D printer at home, you don’t even need the service of Shapeways to get your parts!