German Youth Club Creates an Amazing Organ from 49 Floppy Disks and 3D Printed Parts

Share this Article

Some people would label a person with 49 old floppy disks as a hoarder and film them for reality TV. But you know how the old saying goes: One person’s trash is a German youth club’s potential for a bizarre musical instrument!

HQ 5Toolbox Bodensee e.V. is a nonprofit club that works to bring young people into closer contact with the world of information technology and electronics. They offer free workshops in 3D printing things to the support of local businesses and the city government.

There are currently 40 members in the club and one result of the creative collaboration of so many young minds is the Floppy Organ. Before you blush, let me reassure you, the Floppy in the title refers to floppy disk drives and the Organ is an instrument for the creation of music.

002 - Weiterer AusbauThis instrument was over three months in the making and required 84 3D printed parts in order to be fully functional. During assembly the team installed cables and soldered about 360 joints to bring the whole thing together. The club has two 3D printers that they ran for a total of 30 h009 - Umzug auf grî·eres Brettours in order to print the necessary parts, which included the supports for the drives and the cable trays.

This isn’t the first time someone has attempted to upcycle old floppy drives into a musical instrument. However, it is certainly the first time that anyone has admitted to making one on this scale.

The initial efforts were for a four-drive instrument but it immediately became apparent to the team that it was time to ‘go big or go home.’ Not surprisingly, one of the first challenges was to get their hands on a significant number of floppy disks. Luckily, the entire city pulled together to pitch in and piles of basement dust were disturbed until the requisite number could be flushed out of hiding.

010 - Gruppenarbeit 1The completed organ was finally affixed to a table top so that it could be more easily transported for demonstrations. It can either be programmed with a playlist of MIDI files or utilized with a traditional keyboard as is so expertly demonstrated in their video. The group enthusiastically described their invention in a charmingly translated narrative:

“The organ can be played either manually or act as a playback device. So who takes pleasure can also listen the whole day to the sound of the floppy drives.”

HQ 8They consider the organ to be in a finished state but they do plan to continue to tinker anyway to add features such as corresponding LED lights to light as notes are played, “so that playing the organ is more intriguing in a dark room.”

If you have several dozen old floppy drives you wish to assemble into your own organ, the 3D print files are available for free download on Thingiverse. If you just would like to contribute to this fountain of creativity, you can purchase a supporting membership or simply make a donation (note site is in German).

Have you ever turned your old floppy disks into something a little more up-to-date? Let us know if the organ might appeal to your senses in the 3D Printed Floppy Organ forum thread at 3DPB.com.

HQ 3

012 - Gruppenarbeit 3

 

Share this Article


Recent News

3Dsimo Multipro – the One Tool to Rule Them All (7 in 1)

Optomec Releases LENS Laser Deposition Head (LDH 3.X) for Additive Manufacturing



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Researchers Use Autodesk Ember 3D Printer to Characterize 3D Printed Lenses

In the recently published ‘Characterization of 3D printed lenses and diffraction gratings made by DLP additive manufacturing,’ international researchers studied digital fabrication of optical parts using DLP 3D printing. Examining...

Germanium, Silica & Titanium Lend Stability to 3D Printing Optical Glass

In the recently published ‘Sol-Gel Based Nanoparticles for 3D Printing of Optical Glass,’ Peter Palencia and Koroush Sasan of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory are innovating further in the realm of...

Lithuanian Startup Dear Deer Eyewear Offers Bespoke 3D Printed Eyeglasses Online

Because I was really into Barbies at age 6 when I first got prescription lenses, my very first pair of eyeglasses were huge and bright pink…I shudder to look at...

Interview with Formalloy’s Melanie Lang on Directed Energy Deposition

When I met Melanie Lang at RAPID a lot of the buzz on the show floor was directed at her startup Formalloy. Formalloy has developed a metal deposition head that...


Shop

View our broad assortment of in house and third party products.


Print Services

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our 3DPrint.com.

You have Successfully Subscribed!