3D Printed Musical Instruments

This is the sound of 3D-printed instruments by the BBC, . A professor at Lund University in Sweden has created the first band playing musical instruments which were all 3D-printed.

What a nice combination and application for 3D printing. Makes a pleasant change from stories about making firearms and the potential impact of 3D printers on weapons of mass destruction.

Music Will Be Impacted By 3D Printing

Here we have a band playing with only 3D printed musical instruments. It is not a famous band but who cares. The quartet includes two electric guitars, a set of drums and a keyboard. And that is not all. Professor Diegel (Lund University in Sweden) who is being interviewed in the video clip has bigger plans – he appears to have a dream; to 3D print a whole orchestra. In particular wind instruments where there is a fantastic opportunity to play with the air flow over different internally shaped surfaces.

In fact, thinking about it, 3D printing gives the opportunity to do amazing things with the air flow in wind instruments. Things that you could not imagine achieving with normally manufactured instruments. Just imagine being able to play chords with a single puff so to speak.

Editor: I want a 3D printed saxophone that can play all of Take 5 by Dave Brubeck quartet with no more than 5 puffs. I can then go busking.

Not all of the components in these four instruments were 3D printed but a real effort was made to 3D print as much as was practical. Each of the instruments is highly customized to suit the musician and give a unique sound. One which Professor Diegel claims is neither better nor worse than what you get from conventional designs but simply different.

Note: A great resource for learning more about 3D printed instruments is Wikidot. It is a pretty definitive guide to who has done what so far and how to get hold of 3D models for musical instruments.

3D Printed Musical Instruments - last modified: October 25th, 2019 by Crew

24 September 2014
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