musical instrument

Drum Roll, Please…Designer Creates 3D Printed, Open Source Prosthetic for Amputee Drummer

In high school, college, and for a few years as an adult in a local community band, I played percussion. I was mostly on mallet instruments, such as the chimes,…

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…

Human-Computer Interaction Institute 3D Prints Special Prosthesis for Young Cello Player

According to the Wohlers Report 2016, the 3D printing industry was over $5.1 billion back in 2015, and it’s continued to grow into the $10 billion a year industry it is…

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…

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…

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…

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…

3Doodle an Award-Winning Ocarina Using Creativity, Patience, and Mad Doodling Skills

The 2015 3Doodler Awards have been announced, and one of the runners-up, in the Mixed Media category, Carrie Michael, is sharing with us here how she created the winning Ocarina Lion….

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

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

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,…

3D Print Your Chanter for More Convenient Bagpipe Practice

The Great Highland Bagpipes are not among the world’s easiest to manage instruments. Unlike walking around with a harmonica in your pocket or with a guitar slung over your shoulder,…

Students Dream Up 3D Printed Parts for Self-Playing Xylophone

Robert Kennedy is often associated with the saying, “Other people see things and say why? But I dream things that never were and say, why not?” That phrase seems particularly applicable…

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…