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3D Printed Clamp Helps Iowa State University Marching Band Waste Less Paper

Many people these days are doing their best to cut back on unsustainable practices, such as single-use plastic, powder waste in the AM industry, and wasting paper, in support of…

Prince’s Shoe Collection Gets 3D Printed Tribute at Paisley Park

Prince passed onto the next dimension five years ago, but, to his biggest fans, it still feels like yesterday that they lost one of the greatest U.S. musicians in modern…

MIT: Speaking with Spiders Could Improve 3D Printers and Materials

A group of MIT scientists reported that they could transform spider’s silk threads into musical instruments. The long-standing experiment involves an innovative method that uses data sonification to convert 3D…

Reverse-Engineering Vintage Sax Sound with 3D Printed Mouthpiece Replicas

I’ve mentioned before that I’m something of a very amateur, volunteer musician, so I’m always excited to hear about 3D printing applications related to making music. Mechanical engineer Matthew Busch,…

Is this 3D Printed Alto Saxophone on Kickstarter Viable?

I’ve been playing music in some form or fashion since I was in the first grade, from singing and ringing handbells in various church choirs, taking piano lessons, and playing…

3D Printable Modular Record Player Lenco-MD Launches on Kickstarter

Just this morning, a Kickstarter campaign launched for the Lenco-MD, a 3D printed record player created by Dutch knowledge-sharing community Qeske, Swiss quality Hi-Fi manufacturer Lenco, and 3D printer manufacturer Reprap Universe (RRU). While…

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 Technology Provides Musician with Skywalker Hand

Spoiler alert: Luke Skywalker loses his right hand during a duel with Darth Vader (who is also his father, which, in case you’ve lived under a rock, might also be…

Turn Color Into Sound with Innovative Specdrums Rings, Created with the Help of 3D Printing

From 3D printed violins and guitars to a modular synthesizer and arpeggiator, 3D printing technology has often been used to help musicians play that funky (and classical) music. A creative group of…

Sound Designer Develops 3D Printed Modular Synthesizer: All Open Source, Open Hardware

Musician and sound designer José Luis González Castro has a lot of experience with video game sound effects and creation, which paved the way for his current project. Castro is working to…

Swedish Singer-Songwriter Writes a Pop Song About a 3D Printed Tumor Model – and It’s Really Good!

Most of the time, when we write about 3D printed medical models here at 3DPrint.com, we talk about how they can help surgeons plan out complex surgeries ahead of time,…

Artist Melissa Ng Creates 3D Printed Mana Potion Pendant to Raise Money and Send Good Vibes

By now, you should be fairly familiar with the name Melissa Ng, especially if you’re into cosplay and other 3D printed creative works of art. If you’re not, I highly…

Fender Reaches Out to the General Consumer Market with 3D Printed Inner Ear Monitor Headphones

In 1965, Bob Dylan dismayed fans at the Newport Folk Festival by doing something decidedly un-folksy – pulling out an electric guitar and rocking. His fans, expecting one of the acoustic…

MakerBot 3D Prints the Artwork from Baauer’s New Album, “Aa”

After creating one of the largest viral phenomenons on YouTube with his 2013 hit “Harlem Shake,” the Brooklyn-based producer Baauer has returned to the electronic music scene with his first-ever…

Behind Lady Gaga at the Grammys — A Few Questions For: 3D Systems

The glitz! The glamour! The Grammys! The Gaga! Following this past Monday’s incredible Grammy Awards, a few performances have stuck in everyone’s minds–and Lady Gaga‘s tribute to the late David…

Lady Gaga and Intel Paid Tribute to David Bowie at the 2016 Grammys with Help from Smart Technology, Robots and 3D Printing

If you think about it, there’s really no better person to pay tribute to David Bowie than Lady Gaga. Theatrical, androgynous, and wildly creative, the two have created some of the…

Bringing 3D Printing Inspiration from New York to Colombia

Despite declaring that he is not a musician, it would be hard not use the word to describe Javier Muñoz after seeing his 3D printed guitar, ‘El Dorado.’ The seed…

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

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…

This 3D Printer Is Music to Your Ears

No, this isn’t some cheesy metaphor…okay, well maybe it is, but the point remains: 3D printers can be programmed not only to create a range of delightful printed objects, but…

Ancient Chi Transverse Flute Gets 3D Printed Reincarnation

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),…

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…

Tangible Instruments Introduces 3D Printed Arpeggiator

Sometimes, the best ideas are those that have time to ripen and develop over time, like a fine wine. Sure the ‘Eureka’ type of vision is flashier and makes better cinema,…

3DPrinting a 3Keyboard Shortcut for Winamp

Winamp (motto: It really whips the llama’s ass!) is a media player that works across a variety of platforms and has been downloaded by millions of users over the years….