I see a lot of SMT microphones in vendors' lineups. All of them orient normal to the PCB--either up or down. I'm working on a design where the microphone has to point parallel to the PCB.

On the prototype, I ran wires to the microphone from the PCB. In production, I would prefer an SMT part, and I prefer to point it the same way the the one in the picture.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ This appears to be a shopping question, which isn't what this site is about. \$\endgroup\$ – Puffafish Jun 6 '19 at 15:18
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    \$\begingroup\$ Telephone builders most often mount their electrets inside a rubber-like shroud for acoustic isolation, and take the trouble to connect to a PCB with two flying leads. \$\endgroup\$ – glen_geek Jun 6 '19 at 16:04

Can you 3D print a shroud (audio waveguide, whatever) that snaps onto the PCB and interfaces the outside world to the microphone? If you're not Bose you'll probably lose a bit of fidelity, but I suspect not much.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ The microphone is a secondary feature on this device. The budget for designing and manufacturing custom waveguides is low. \$\endgroup\$ – iter Jun 6 '19 at 16:32

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