3d printed instruments

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

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 listen to it. One such person is Sean Riley, a violinist currently undertaking his doctoral studies in Musical Arts in the Butler School of Music […]

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 listen to it. One such person is Sean Riley, a violinist currently undertaking his doctoral studies in...
3D Printed Violin Marries Digital Technology with Classic Crafting Techniques

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 with 3D printers with especially large build areas, but like most 3D printing enthusiasts, I have some grand ambitions. One thing I would love to […]

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 with 3D printers with especially large build areas, but like most 3D printing...
Cimquest 3D Prints Colorful, Blue Man Group-Inspired Tubulum

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 the same family of instruments as a xylophone or vibraphone, only it utilizes hollow tubes to create music. The Blue Man Group’s giant tubulum was […]

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 the same family of instruments as a xylophone or vibraphone,...
Autodesk Research Collaborates with Dartmouth College to Design and 3D Print Free-Form Wind Instruments

Autodesk Research Collaborates with Dartmouth College to Design and 3D Print Free-Form Wind Instruments

Like many junior high school students, I opted to choose an instrument to study and play in the school’s musical ensemble, or band, though I had a college professor who told our ensemble that it was only a band if we were on our feet and marching (I did that as well). Following in my […]

Like many junior high school students, I opted to choose an instrument to study and play in the school’s musical ensemble, or band, though I had a college professor who told our ensemble that it was only a band if we were on our feet and marching (I did that as...
Inside 3D Printing Mumbai to Feature Concert with 3D Printed Instruments

Inside 3D Printing Mumbai to Feature Concert with 3D Printed Instruments

Each Mecklermedia’s Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo seems to have its own unique brand of excitement, and there is almost always something new to look forward to and read about before arriving. This year, everything is a first, as India’s capital city of Mumbai is a new locale altogether for the conference, being held […]

Each Mecklermedia’s Inside 3D Printing Conference & Expo seems to have its own unique brand of excitement, and there is almost always something new to look forward to and read about before arriving. This year, everything is a first, as India’s capital city of...
Steinway Unleashes a New Piano with 3D Printed Parts

Steinway Unleashes a New Piano with 3D Printed Parts

Growing up in Ohio, I had a cousin who would play the piano every day. I would frequently go over to her house and watch as she would play several of my favorite songs. There is just something about watching someone play a piano that is elegant, energetic, relaxing, all at the same time. If […]

Growing up in Ohio, I had a cousin who would play the piano every day. I would frequently go over to her house and watch as she would play several of my favorite songs. There is just something about watching someone play a piano that is elegant, energetic, relaxing,...
This Amazing 3D Printed Guitar Design is Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Stories

This Amazing 3D Printed Guitar Design is Based on H.P. Lovecraft’s Stories

Back in May, we covered a story about a man named Francesco Orrù, who had 3D printed a guitar inspired by H.R. Giger. His design, which was 3D printed in plastic, was incredibly detailed and beautiful. Now Orrù is at is yet again, this time with another truly awe-inspiring 3D printed guitar. Orrù’s latest creation […]

Back in May, we covered a story about a man named Francesco Orrù, who had 3D printed a guitar inspired by H.R. Giger. His design, which was 3D printed in plastic, was incredibly detailed and beautiful. Now Orrù is at is yet again, this time with another truly...
Matt Pearson Turns These Gourds into Beautiful Sounding Musical Instrument Thanks to 3D Printing

Matt Pearson Turns These Gourds into Beautiful Sounding Musical Instrument Thanks to 3D Printing

If you are one of those people who are still wondering just how 3D printers can be used, you need to come out from under that rock you’ve been living under for the past 2 years, and open up your imagination. Over the past couple years, we have really begun to see artists, designers, engineers, […]

If you are one of those people who are still wondering just how 3D printers can be used, you need to come out from under that rock you’ve been living under for the past 2 years, and open up your imagination. Over the past couple years, we have really begun to...
Making Music: Creating a 3D Printed Cello

Making Music: Creating a 3D Printed Cello

I teach an introductory design studio in which students are required to make a plan for teaching themselves something that they have always wanted to learn. Each of the times I have run this autodidact project, there are a surprising number of students who wish they could play the cello. Part of its allure is […]

I teach an introductory design studio in which students are required to make a plan for teaching themselves something that they have always wanted to learn. Each of the times I have run this autodidact project, there are a surprising number of students who wish they...
German Youth Club Creates an Amazing Organ from 49 Floppy Disks and 3D Printed Parts

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

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! Toolbox Bodensee e.V. is a nonprofit club that works to bring young people […]

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! Toolbox Bodensee e.V. is a nonprofit club...
Canadian Rockers, ‘Secret Broadcast’, Record New Single & Video with 3D Printed Instruments

Canadian Rockers, ‘Secret Broadcast’, Record New Single & Video with 3D Printed Instruments

Canadian rockers Secret Broadcast have recorded a video (below) for their single, “One Born Every Minute,” using a kit of instruments created in the 3D printing lab. “About a month ago, we were having a few drinks while brainstorming some ideas for our new video when we overheard someone at the next table discussing 3D […]

Canadian rockers Secret Broadcast have recorded a video (below) for their single, “One Born Every Minute,” using a kit of instruments created in the 3D printing lab. “About a month ago, we were having a few drinks while brainstorming some ideas for our new...
Purdue Student 3D Prints Jimi Hendrix Tribute Guitar

Purdue Student 3D Prints Jimi Hendrix Tribute Guitar

Jose Moreno decided that if he wanted to play guitar like Jimi Hendrix he ought to have a guitar like legendary musician whom Rolling Stone magazine hailed as the greatest guitarist of all time. Moreno, an electrical engineering student at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, is also the Vice President of the Purdue 3D Printing […]

Jose Moreno decided that if he wanted to play guitar like Jimi Hendrix he ought to have a guitar like legendary musician whom Rolling Stone magazine hailed as the greatest guitarist of all time. Moreno, an electrical engineering student at Purdue University in West...
Siberian Scientist Creates an Amazing 3D Printed Electric Violin

Siberian Scientist Creates an Amazing 3D Printed Electric Violin

Music dates back to the beginning of human times, bringing joy to the ears of individuals and entire cultures all around the globe, creating camaraderie among strangers, and uplifting the moods of many. Without music, the world would be an extremely boring place to live in, and one Siberian man, named Stepan Ignatovich, realizes this. […]

Music dates back to the beginning of human times, bringing joy to the ears of individuals and entire cultures all around the globe, creating camaraderie among strangers, and uplifting the moods of many. Without music, the world would be an extremely boring place to...
UConn Researchers Use 3D Printing and Imaging to Recreate Antique Instruments

UConn Researchers Use 3D Printing and Imaging to Recreate Antique Instruments

Researchers from the University of Connecticut are using 3D printing to bring antique instruments back to life. After seeing 3D imaging in action at his medical practice, Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist, thought it would be a great idea to apply the technology to antique instrumentation. Howe, who is a doctoral student in music theory […]

Researchers from the University of Connecticut are using 3D printing to bring antique instruments back to life. After seeing 3D imaging in action at his medical practice, Dr. Robert Howe, a reproductive endocrinologist, thought it would be a great idea to apply the...
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