In this blog post gives the exact information about different options are and how some researchers and music enthusiasts have successfully experimented with combining cutting-edge technology with the sensibilities of the music world.
INTRODUCTION: We know that 3D printing technology can be used for various applications. In fact, the world of 3D printing is developing very fast, it is now possible to create complete 3D printing structures. various industries , for example, medical products for 3D printing or fashion items.is mostly use 3D printing for their tools prototype. Tool makers are starting to take advantage of this technology to improve their products. This production technique is useful in many fields today: The art of 3D printing is starting to develop as it provides an opportunity to add new perspectives to projects. The art industry around the world has been affected by this technology and music is no exception.
What is possible for 3D printing in the music industry?
Many experiments are being carried out at various levels of the music industry to use additive manufacturing. Here are the most promising:
3D printed notes (song lyrics nod)
Here’s an initiative that might excite some record lovers. The current sound quality is not good enough. However, the tests are promising and at least we now know that 3D printing music is possible!
3D printed speakers
Aleph 1 is proof that 3D printing can also affect sound systems business. Thanks to 3D printing, it’s now possible to have speakers with amazing designs.
3D printed headphones
Thanks to additional production technologies, it is possible, for example, to get custom headphones or plugs adapted to any morphology. For more information on 3D printed headphones.
3D printed musical instruments
Of course, to make music you need a musical instrument and we will see that it is possible to create amazing 3D printing tools. In fact, it is possible to print a wide variety of instruments, from wind instruments to strings to drums.
Why can be a good choice for 3D printing of musical instruments?
3D printing as an alternative to traditional production
With 3D printing, copies of existing tools or tool parts can be made cheaper. For example, you can use this technique to restore lost tool parts at a lower cost. But it can also be used for production, and in this respect, it looks like any other production technique. Using additive manufacturing allows working with other materials in a more cost-effective process.
Great method for design work
Additive manufacturing is an amazing technology that lets you work on crazy tool designs. For some musicians, the appearance of their instrument is in the foreground, because it must match the image of their music. Since 3D printing offers a lot of freedom in this regard, this seems like an interesting solution. Stunning guitar designs like the one in the video below are easier to do with this production technique.
This is an effective way of turning a much faster customer request into a real printed product. Later in this post we will see that 3D printing tools can have very complex shapes. Some designers take advantage of this technique to create tools with atypical and futuristic looks that are not possible with traditional production methods.
One of the biggest advantages of this technology is that it improves your product development process. It is possible to edit and process 3D designs before 3D printing.
Additive manufacturing enables mass customization
Additional production also allows mass customization. Using them to create instruments is a great way to create musical instruments tailored to the needs of musicians. Thanks to 3D printing, for example, it is possible to create lighter tools. Some instruments like saxophones or even some Les Paul guitars are quite heavy and over time this can become a real problem. By choosing the right materials for 3D printing, you can create tools to increase musicians’ comfort while playing.
Which 3D printed materials were used to make the tools?
There is a wide variety of 3D printed materials on the market, depending entirely on your needs and project. Olaf Digel, who you will often meet in this post, uses nylon for his 3D printing tool. It works with selective laser sintering technology. For more information about SLS. we already did separate article in the topic for 3D printing material which gives you exact knowledge about various type of material like PLA, PETG and ABS and also discuses about strength life and anther testing aspect.
But 3D printing tools with other techniques and materials are also possible. For example, PLA plastic and FDM 3D printing are used to make some of the MONAD Studio tools you will see in this article.
Another example: Various 3D for violin production is 3D resin printing using stereolithography. Each project has specific requirements and requires different materials for 3D printing.
3D printed Musical Instruments
3D printed guitar and bass guitar
Olaf Digel is a professor of product development, he is also enthusiastic about new technologies and guitar production. The 3D-printed guitar is outstanding both in appearance and sound. They are high quality, fully personalized guitars. As with a traditional guitar, you can play with chords or with just your fingers, it’s even possible to get an impressive sound.
3D printed hybrid slide guitar (image required)
This 3D printed guitar is a creation of MONAD Studio, designed by Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Salzburg with musician and guitar maker Scott F. Hall. This is part of an installation called “MULTI”, which includes various 3D printing instruments and games with complex and distracting aspects, but also with sound research. This guitar completely reinvents the traditional guitar design. It has a rimless neck as this printed instrument is made to be played using the technique of skating.
3D printed pianos and melodies
This impressive instrument comes from the same installation as the 3D-printed hybrid slide guitar we saw earlier. This futuristic piano was designed by Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg of MONAD Studio. Due to its size, 3D piano printing is quite a challenge.
Steinway piano with 3D printed parts
This example shows that even major piano manufacturers like Steinway take the increasing use of 3D printing technology seriously. This 3D printed part does not affect the sound of the instrument, it is just a decoration. In fact, 3D-printed porcelain pieces are here to refresh the new aspects of the piano. This shows that new technologies and traditions can be used together to work on tool designs.
The first 3D printed melody
Darren Banarse is a pianist, but likes to play melodies at times. He started some experiments to create 3D printed melodies because he wanted his instrument to look younger and sound more professional.
You can find all the details about his experiment and how this melody came about here. Darren Banarse shares on this website all the steps of his experiment, the 3D modeling process, choosing a desktop 3D printer, the printing process, editing and finishing!
3D printed saxophone
This passionate musician, whom we know from his 3D-printed guitars, is also trying to 3D-print a saxophone. Once again, his new 3D printing tool was a success. Olaf Digel is a real talent in tool making. This 3D printed saxophone is a meticulous and impressive workmanship. In fact, this saxophone has 41 components 3D printed from nylon.
Even if it’s impossible to sound like a real brass saxophone, the sound Olaf Digel gets with this 3D creation is more than true.
3D printed violin
Hovalin is a small brand founded by The Hovas, a couple who offer more than 3D printing tools: they actually offer thorough experiments with 3D printing. Actually, there are three different ways to get your printed violin from Hovalin. You can 3D print yourself. The 3D models are free and available on their website. Anyone can download these 3D files and then print them thanks to online 3D printing services. They also offer to ship the entire set to their customers or directly to the final product.
Their creations remain very close to the traditional look of an acoustic violin, and their sound is very similar to the sound of a wooden violin.
3D printed drums (Image required )
Percussion 3D printing is probably the most advanced 3D printing tool. A student named Michal Szydlowski makes cheap electronic drums using 3D printing technology. These 3D printing drums are called ZMorph 2.0 S. Michal worked with Autodesk on 3D modeling of their drums. Then he printed the parts of his instrument with different fillings to get the right sound for each part.
3D printed flute
This flute was made by Amit Zoran for a research project. Amit Zoran designed this flute to demonstrate the possibility of additive manufacturing in acoustic instruments. This researcher has built a 3D model of the flute which is printed in just one piece without installation. He had to rediscover all the tools to get this result.
Researchers are interested in 3D printed flutes. Wollongong University of Australia is working on the possibilities 3D printing has to offer in the field of music. You will examine how technological change can affect culture and society. During this research, they created a 3D-printed flute that could play a microtonal setting normally inaccessible to traditional instruments.
Is 3D printing technology mature enough for 3D printing tools?
We can safely say that 3D printing is now mature enough to produce real musical instruments, not just fakes for wall hangings. Now there are functional instruments with great sound and quality. Again, 3D printing seems like the best solution for design work. This demonstrates the accuracy and productivity of this production technology. We can see that some tools look more sophisticated than others. 3D printed violins and guitars seem to be the most successful experiments to date. While it is difficult to achieve the warm sound of a wooden instrument, the first results are good for this electronic instrument. At this time it is still very complicated to make an acoustic guitar with this production technique.