Teenage Engineering has responded to criticism about the high cost to buy and ship its collection of OP-1 accessories by letting customers ‘print’ their own parts:
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
These accessories are already available for 3D printing at Shapeways, who notes:
This is the first company that I have seen so far that offer replacement parts to be 3D Printed by their consumers. This is an incredibly smart move as it takes away the need for them to warehouse and distribute replacement parts. It also means that their fans have an opportunity to modify and customize aspects of their synthesizers.
This is a really interesting idea. I’d love to see manufactures support this for 3D printing of obsolete parts or for ‘hot rodding’ your music gear. It would be great to be able to order inexpensive replacement knobs, for example, for older synths.
If you’ve knowledgeable with CAD apps, you could even tweak the drawings to create custom parts.
What do you think of this idea? Should more companies follow Teenage Engineering’s lead?