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Nautilus Shell Speakers -Finishing 3D Prints

While browsing Thingiverse the other day, I came across this intriguing speaker design based on the famous B & W ‘Nautilus’ speakers. https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2790097

I decided to make my own set and this is what I came up with:

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They will be available on my Etsy very soon: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MakeALittleMore?ref=l2-shopheader-name

And now for a brief description of how I made them:

 

 

This is one of the parts fresh off the printer and the layer lines are very visible. Conveniently the layer steps almost resemble some of the patterning you find on a shell anyway so this will help with the overall aesthetic and saves sanding time.

 

A combination of wood filler:

 

Some sanding and then plastic primer:

 

Resulted in a pair of speaker enclosures looking like this:

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As is apparent the layer lines are still visible but reduced marginally. The next step is to coat the speakers in a mock stone paint that adds a 3d texture to the surface to mimic stone:

 

This stone effect finish hides the layer lines and any imperfections not filled during sanding and filling.

 

Next, some elegant speaker spikes were made using m6 long bolts sanded to a point:

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Then some oak sleeves were machined on the CNC router:

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And then epoxied onto the bolts:

 

Speaker spikes could then be attached.

Next I made an oak spacer for the woofers that added a nice aesthetic to the front of the speaker and complemented the wood on the spikes.

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Final assembly was easy although the binding posts were fiddly to install as they are located deep inside the body of the speaker.

 

 

6 Comments

  1. Gaston Gaston

    I came here, after seeing this fantastic project on Instructables, hoping you would also share your printing programming and such. So others could enjoy making and more important: listening to these speakers as well.
    Too bad you decided to keep that to your self.
    I am an audiophile and would very much like to be able to make them myself as well!
    They look great and probably sound that way as well!

    • Nick Nick

      Hi, the files are available on the instrucatble I posted!

  2. Federico Federico

    Nice job! What size and power are these speakers? I cannot figure out from the photograps,,,

  3. Kim Kim

    Good job
    Very impressed

  4. these are awesome!
    would you consider selling me just the nautaluis “cone”, then i could do a semi-diy build??

    • Nick Nick

      Maybe! It used about 2 kg of filament and takes a couple of days of straight printing so I would have to charge about £150 for a pair! (3D hubs would charge about £240 for a pair I believe)

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