3d printed musical instruments

Guitars Getting in Tune with 3D Printing

Guitars Getting in Tune with 3D Printing

Over the last few years, 3D printing has opened up a wide variety of possibilities for guitar manufacturing. Top manufacturers such as Fender have adopted 3D printing technologies as an integral part of their quest to develop the highest quality of equipment, and it has led to significant improvements in cost and the production cycle. […]

Over the last few years, 3D printing has opened up a wide variety of possibilities for guitar manufacturing. Top manufacturers such as Fender have adopted 3D printing technologies as an integral part of their quest to develop the highest quality of equipment, and it...
UCLA Chapter of 3D4E to Provide 3D Printed Ukeleles for Disadvantaged Children

UCLA Chapter of 3D4E to Provide 3D Printed Ukeleles for Disadvantaged Children

The inseparable nature of art and science is continually demonstrated through 3D printing, from the creation of sculptures in which an innate understanding of the material and process of 3D printing is not only required but celebrated, to the creation of unique musical instruments to play ethereal pieces of modern music. Sometimes, though, it’s important […]

The inseparable nature of art and science is continually demonstrated through 3D printing, from the creation of sculptures in which an innate understanding of the material and process of 3D printing is not only required but celebrated, to the creation of unique...
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...
Dassault Systèmes Gathered 3D Printing Expertise at CES 2018: Interviews with Rize, Syos

Dassault Systèmes Gathered 3D Printing Expertise at CES 2018: Interviews with Rize, Syos

At last week’s eventful CES 2018 in Las Vegas, 3D printing may not have been the main attraction — but still had plenty to show. The annual trade show has a long history as a launch pad for announcements and startups in tech, and getting into the spirit was 3D giant Dassault Systèmes, which used its […]

At last week’s eventful CES 2018 in Las Vegas, 3D printing may not have been the main attraction — but still had plenty to show. The annual trade show has a long history as a launch pad for announcements and startups in tech, and getting into the spirit...
3D Printing as Seen at CES 2018: Part Two

3D Printing as Seen at CES 2018: Part Two

3D printing has long made a showing at the annual CES in Las Vegas, with announcements ahead of the show serving to get visitors and watchers-from-afar eager to learn more about what will come to the most crowded show floor of the consumer-oriented tech year. While much 3D printing technology itself has been straying farther […]

3D printing has long made a showing at the annual CES in Las Vegas, with announcements ahead of the show serving to get visitors and watchers-from-afar eager to learn more about what will come to the most crowded show floor of the consumer-oriented tech year. While...
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...
In the Mood for Some Music? Check Out This 3D Printed Formlabs Violin & New Rhett Price Video!

In the Mood for Some Music? Check Out This 3D Printed Formlabs Violin & New Rhett Price Video!

While we have had our great writers, painters, and a multitude of famous artists throughout history to inspire and allow us to appreciate so many mediums, sometimes it seems nothing can compare to the delight of listening to a musician, with the notes taking us straight up, back down, and on an inimitable journey of […]

While we have had our great writers, painters, and a multitude of famous artists throughout history to inspire and allow us to appreciate so many mediums, sometimes it seems nothing can compare to the delight of listening to a musician, with the notes taking us...
Laurent Bernadac is Rocking the 3D Printer & Kickstarter with 3Dvarius, Also Known as ‘Pauline’

Laurent Bernadac is Rocking the 3D Printer & Kickstarter with 3Dvarius, Also Known as ‘Pauline’

The 3Dvarius has indeed just been launched on Kickstarter—but if you need a major kickstart to your morning, afternoon, or eve, just sneak a watch at the video below. Wow! What a sound. Of course it takes more than a little musical prowess to play a violin at that level, but in just a few short seconds, […]

The 3Dvarius has indeed just been launched on Kickstarter—but if you need a major kickstart to your morning, afternoon, or eve, just sneak a watch at the video below. Wow! What a sound. Of course it takes more than a little musical prowess to play a violin at that...
Check Out "Heavy Metal," the First Guitar 3D Printed in Aluminum

Check Out "Heavy Metal," the First Guitar 3D Printed in Aluminum

Aluminum is the most commonly found metal on Earth, and after oxygen and silicon, it is the third most commonly found element. Because of its low density, resistance to corrosion and its ability to easily be combined with other metal materials, aluminum is also one of the most important industrial metals around, and is invaluable […]

Aluminum is the most commonly found metal on Earth, and after oxygen and silicon, it is the third most commonly found element. Because of its low density, resistance to corrosion and its ability to easily be combined with other metal materials, aluminum is also one of...
Next Phase of Development Begins for The Hovalin, An Open Source 3D Printed Violin

Next Phase of Development Begins for The Hovalin, An Open Source 3D Printed Violin

The Hovalin, developed by Matt and Kaitlyn Hova, is a open source 3D printed violin that has received much attention since the first version was released. Now the next phase of development has begun for the Hovalin 3.0, and Matt Hova has posted a blog entry and started a Reddit thread about the project that always keeps improving in […]

The Hovalin, developed by Matt and Kaitlyn Hova, is a open source 3D printed violin that has received much attention since the first version was released. Now the next phase of development has begun for the Hovalin 3.0, and Matt Hova has posted a blog entry and...
The Ultimaker 2 Goes On Quite the Adventure—Making a Perfect 3D Printed Trumpet in Transit

The Ultimaker 2 Goes On Quite the Adventure—Making a Perfect 3D Printed Trumpet in Transit

Musicians are a picky, picky group when it comes to their instruments. And indeed they like to make innumerable changes and customizations to pickups, pegs, bows, strings, valves, mouthpieces, and more. With the advent of 3D printing, you’d think many who play would be jumping on the bandwagon to start making their own ukuleles, violins, […]

Musicians are a picky, picky group when it comes to their instruments. And indeed they like to make innumerable changes and customizations to pickups, pegs, bows, strings, valves, mouthpieces, and more. With the advent of 3D printing, you’d think many who play would...
Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Things - Guitars and String Instruments

Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Things - Guitars and String Instruments

January 2016 has been an especially bloody month in terms of celebrity deaths, and it may go down in history as having the highest famous person body count ever. Nerds of course lost their precious Severus Snape, the amazing Mr. Alan Rickman. But the biggest body count has been in the world of music. With […]

January 2016 has been an especially bloody month in terms of celebrity deaths, and it may go down in history as having the highest famous person body count ever. Nerds of course lost their precious Severus Snape, the amazing Mr. Alan Rickman. But the biggest body...
World's Tiniest 3D Printed Orchestra is a Tour de Force

World's Tiniest 3D Printed Orchestra is a Tour de Force

We’ve all heard that joke about the world’s smallest violin, right? Thanks to 3D printing, not only is there now really such a thing — along with the violinist that makes it weep — but there’s an entire, miniature orchestra that can evoke a sublimely moving, heart-wrenching concerto sublimely. The Musical Instruments Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, […]

We’ve all heard that joke about the world’s smallest violin, right? Thanks to 3D printing, not only is there now really such a thing — along with the violinist that makes it weep — but there’s an entire, miniature orchestra that can evoke a sublimely...
Rock Star of a Student 3D Prints His Own Electric Guitar

Rock Star of a Student 3D Prints His Own Electric Guitar

Some days, I still regret that I’m not a rock star. That’s a normal regret, right? When I was in college, I tried to learn how to play the guitar. I took a class for one credit hour, but had a bit of an obstacle – I didn’t actually own a guitar, and. being a […]

Some days, I still regret that I’m not a rock star. That’s a normal regret, right? When I was in college, I tried to learn how to play the guitar. I took a class for one credit hour, but had a bit of an obstacle – I didn’t actually own a...
Making New Music with 3D Printed Metallophone Instruments

Making New Music with 3D Printed Metallophone Instruments

I am a university professor, and I have been guilty of this myself. Taking a subject which is actually a great deal of fun to explore and then, in the best academic traditions available, making it nearly impenetrable to the average reader. It’s not so much a conscious effort to obfuscate, but rather because as […]

I am a university professor, and I have been guilty of this myself. Taking a subject which is actually a great deal of fun to explore and then, in the best academic traditions available, making it nearly impenetrable to the average reader. It’s not so much a...
Mixtrument: A 3D Printable 'Mixable' Wind Instrument Designed by a Nuclear Engineer

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 past few years, we have seen our fair share of 3D printed musical instruments, many featuring custom designs, and even custom elements for unique sounds. […]

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 past few years, we have seen our fair share of 3D printed...
Taiwan's ITRI Showcases Metal 3D Printed Saxophone

Taiwan's ITRI Showcases Metal 3D Printed Saxophone

Guitars. Violins — both acoustic and electric. Cellos. Drum sets and Indian tabla drum pairs. The saxophone… 3D printing musical instruments is becoming more common, but it is not necessarily an easy process to get the sound right. The most recent 3D printed instrument to hit the news comes from Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI),which has successfully completed the printing of perhaps […]

Guitars. Violins — both acoustic and electric. Cellos. Drum sets and Indian tabla drum pairs. The saxophone… 3D printing musical instruments is becoming more common, but it is not necessarily an easy process to get the sound right. The most recent 3D...
Australia's 3DLI 3D Prints the Classical Indian Tabla Drum Pair

Australia's 3DLI 3D Prints the Classical Indian Tabla Drum Pair

I have read and written enough about 3D printed musical instruments in the past year for me to now consider this latest article as part of an ongoing series. I have covered a 3D printed guitar, and two different kinds of violins — one electric and one traditional. Just do an internet search of the […]

I have read and written enough about 3D printed musical instruments in the past year for me to now consider this latest article as part of an ongoing series. I have covered a 3D printed guitar, and two different kinds of violins — one electric and one...
3D Printed Pickup Cartridges May Change the Way We Play Guitar

3D Printed Pickup Cartridges May Change the Way We Play Guitar

With an ever expanding range of advanced 3D printing materials capable of a wide range of applications becoming available in the past year, FDM 3D printing is undergoing a bit of a revival. For years it was always ‘okay, what’s next’ but now I see makers lining up to use FDM 3D printing less as […]

With an ever expanding range of advanced 3D printing materials capable of a wide range of applications becoming available in the past year, FDM 3D printing is undergoing a bit of a revival. For years it was always ‘okay, what’s next’ but now I see makers lining up to...
MONAD Studio Adds Hornucopian Dronepipe to Sonic Installation "Multi"

MONAD Studio Adds Hornucopian Dronepipe to Sonic Installation "Multi"

MONAD Studio, founded in 2002 by Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg, is an architecture firm with a particular interest in exploring the relationships between spatial perception and rhythmic effect. Back in April they made 3D printing headlines with their display of three 3D printed instruments at MecklerMedia‘s 3D Print Week in NY. Those three instruments were […]

MONAD Studio, founded in 2002 by Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg, is an architecture firm with a particular interest in exploring the relationships between spatial perception and rhythmic effect. Back in April they made 3D printing headlines with their display...
3D Printed Baroque Recorder is Music to the Maker's Ears

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

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 instruments are produced with 3D printing, the understanding of what is possible, and what is practical, is making this method more mainstream. Some instruments lend themselves […]

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 instruments are produced with 3D printing, the understanding of...
The First SLA 3D Printed Electric Violin is Here!  It's Amazing & It's Clear!

The First SLA 3D Printed Electric Violin is Here! It's Amazing & It's Clear!

Over the past year or so, we have really begun to see musicians and designers utilizing 3D printing technology in order to create unique, custom, and incredibly sounding musical instruments. We’ve seen everything from guitars to cellos, flutes and violins all fabricated on 3D printers of all kinds. Most of these instruments have been created […]

Over the past year or so, we have really begun to see musicians and designers utilizing 3D printing technology in order to create unique, custom, and incredibly sounding musical instruments. We’ve seen everything from guitars to cellos, flutes and violins all...
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...
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