Posted in news on October 6, 2015 9:38 am EDT

Acoustics First Harnesses the Power of 3D Printing

Large format 3D printing helps company create full-sized acoustical diffuser prototypes for testing prior to production.

A time and money saver for church projects, a large format 3D printer, the Gigabot, helps Acoustics First Corp. develop and prototype full-sized acoustical sound diffusers for testing before production.


 

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By Keith Loria

Without proper acoustics in a worship space, important messages can be lost, which is why having proper acoustic functionality is essential for success.

Nick Colleran, vice president of Acoustics First Corp. in Richmond, Va., has noticed that more churches are turning to professional consultants -- and in turn getting in touch with his company -- before they build rooms, rather than going through 3-4 failed sound systems that don’t work acoustically.

New solution for acoustic challenges

Thanks to a large format 3D printer, the Gigabot, that helps Acoustics First develop and prototype full-sized acoustical sound diffusers for testing prior to production, the company has been able to solve problems for churches faster and cheaper.

Gigabot 3D printer

“We can customize 2-feet by 2-feet diffusers for a wall or ceiling grid, and go straight to the test lab without having to go through the time and cost of making molds,” Colleran says. “We now know pretty quickly if something we design will work the way we thought it would. It lets us go down the right road and determine if something will work before we run up costs.”

"We can customize 2-feet by 2-feet diffusers for a wall or ceiling grid, and go straight to the test lab without having to go through the time and cost of making molds."

—Nick Colleran, Vice President, Acoustics First Corp., Richmond, VA

Colleran reports that Acoustics First not only provides solutions that sound great, but they also care about sound aesthetics—creating a visually appealing look in their solutions.

Latest 2D offerings

The company’s latest product, the Art Diffusor, is a two dimensional, binary array sound diffuser for use in various applications and critical listening environments.

“Our engineer is involved in a new ASTM standard for testing and measuring, so we can better quantify what we hear,” Colleran says. “There hasn’t been much progress overall in diffusion until recently and we are right in the thick of that. Diffusors can bring the life back to the sound in a church.”  continued >>

Click here to download a copy of "Art Diffusor Trim Technical Specs"

 

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