MANY manufacturers are at an early stage of discovering the benefits of 3D printing, but one of the clearest strengths is customisation.
At Normal, consumers can use a mobile app to photograph their ear, transmit the shots to the New York startup's 3D printing facility and then receive customised earphones within 48 hours.
The process marries today's click-and-go speed with a made-to-order ethos that recalls the days of visiting the tailor or the cobbler.
The company's motto: "Normal: one size fits none". After three decades in relative obscurity, 3D printing, which employs lasers to "print" objects from metals or plastics according to a digital design, has suddenly become one of the hottest...