Collaborators at UT Austin’s Foundry Create Beautiful Music Together with 3D Printed Six-String Violin

John Adams is one of the greatest composers living today and, as such, his music pushes boundaries and offers challenges to both those who play and it and those who…

3D Printed Violin Marries Digital Technology with Classic Crafting Techniques

Full disclosure – while I have 3D printed many small items, I’ve never attempted anything very large or composed of many pieces. Part of that is because I haven’t worked…

3D Printed e-NABLE Hands Help a Robot Play the Bagpipes

I can’t think of an instrument that commands such polarized reactions as bagpipes do – people seem to either love them with misty-eyed nostalgia or hate them like fingernails on…

Cimquest 3D Prints Colorful, Blue Man Group-Inspired Tubulum

If you’ve ever watched the Blue Man Group perform, you may have wondered about the series of tubes they strike to create percussive yet melodic notes. It’s called a tubulum, and it’s in…

Husband and Wife Team Up to Create Hovalin, the Open Source 3D Printed Violin

Husband and Wife Team Up to Create Hovalin, the Open Source 3D Printed Violin

November 2, 2015

One of the many advantages of inventing something is that you get to name it. Even better if your name and the thing you have created have some sort of…

Mixtrument: A 3D Printable ‘Mixable’ Wind Instrument Designed by a Nuclear Engineer

While 3D printing has been touted for its tremendous advantage over other manufacturing techniques, when it comes customization, not everyone is utilizing the technology to its fullest potential. Over the…

Ancient Chi Transverse Flute Gets 3D Printed Reincarnation

Ancient Chi Transverse Flute Gets 3D Printed Reincarnation

August 27, 2015

If you had been living the high life near the Marquis Yi of Zeng in 433 BC, you might have been lucky enough to hear a performance on the Chi (篪),…

PVC Piping Becomes a Flute with 3D Printed Mouth and End Pieces

PVC Piping Becomes a Flute with 3D Printed Mouth and End Pieces

August 24, 2015

I’m not sure when we’ll run out of ideas for things we can make with PVC, but I hope it’s not any time soon. I’ve already decided to use a…

3D Printed Baroque Recorder is Music to the Maker’s Ears

3D Printed Baroque Recorder is Music to the Maker’s Ears

August 17, 2015

A number of makers have turned their attentions to the art of crafting instruments through 3D printing. At first, these instruments were mostly interesting for their novelty. However, as more and more…

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