The world of 3D printing has certainly done its bit to advance by leaps and bounds in the past couple of years, and this time around, we have received word that Sculpteo is offering 3D printed iPhone dock adapters for third-party iPod speakers, now how about that? These adapters will enable users to make use of Lightning connector iPhones and iPods to play nice on older dock connector speaker systems, ensuring that you need not fork out more money unnecessarily for accessory upgrades.
I guess you can more or less say that the beauty of such a system would be to make available such adapters across a wide spectrum of older speaker systems without having to grapple with the upfront costs that are associated with hiring a factory to churn out thousands of such units from a production line somewhere. The end user too, will benefit, as in theory, any old iPod speaker system can still play nice with the new Lightning connector iOS devices. A win-win situation that the late Steven Covey kept on advocating, no?