Quite recently high-end custom car audio installations have stepped up their game and installations from the best car audio installers now look as good as, or better than the vehicle manufactures standard fitments.
So, what has changed?
You might be surprised to know that the technicians working for the best car audio companies are now using CAD to computer design, with greater accuracy and precision parts which then cut by CNC Machines such as CNC routers and CO2 CNC Lasers.
The car audio installation industry has evolved over the years from carpet and tweed in the 1990’s then to painted fiberglass, moving up to vinyl-wrapping, multi-layered installations with acrylic and now, high-tech plastics cut with lasers and CNC routers.
Who would have thought that car audio technicians would need to be graphic designers and programmers? Nevertheless, the results are often mind-blowing.
Our Glowforge Laser is a small footprint CO2 laser which allows us to CAD design and manufacture in-house, custom one-off pieces tailored to your vehicle without relying on third-parties and delays. As an example, when building a car audio system, the mounting of loudspeaker drivers is one of the most important aspects of the installation.
The reasoning for this is quite simple, when music is sent to a loudspeaker, the magnet forces the diaphragm to move in and out at varying frequencies and will produce forces of up to 2 Kg’s both in and out may times per second.
To ensure that these movements are efficiently converted into sound, the drivers must be properly secured, to an adapter which not only ensures correct fitting, will (depending on the mass of the adapter) absorb unwanted vibration and assist the reproduction of a much-improved bass response.
To ensure a solid fixing of the drivers we have various materials available so that we can fabricate speaker adapters to custom specifications depending on requirements and budget.
Advantages – Quick to install. These are widely available off the shelf for most of the everyday vehicles. Cheap cost
Disadvantages – Thin material (low mass). Create unwanted rattles and vibrations. Do not secure with airtight seal
Advantages – Quick to Manufacture and install. Relatively low cost
Disadvantages – Medium material mass. Can be subject to warping and failure due to water ingress. MDF is Carcinogenic
Advantages – Solid Material (better mass). Waterproof, can be threaded for machine screws
Advantages – very solid Material (much better mass). Waterproof can be threaded for machine screws