Researchers Develop Algorithm to 3D Print Vibrational Sounds (Video)

What if we could ease the design of musical instruments while also making their shapes wildly different, and use these underlying techniques to reduce unwanted sounds and vibrations in everyday objects?

In creating what looks to be a simple musical instrument — a glockenspiel with keys shaped like zoo animals — computer scientists at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS), Columbia Engineering, Disney Research, and MIT have demonstrated that they can control the sound of an object by altering its shape through computational design. Continue reading “Researchers Develop Algorithm to 3D Print Vibrational Sounds (Video)”

French Company Designs Fully Playable Electric Violin Using 3D Printing

With the help of musical artist and violinist Laurent Bernadac, French company 3Dvarius designed a fully playable electric violin using the most advanced 3D printing technology and based on the traditional Stradivarius. Printed as a single piece, the process combines the precision of computer renderings and the time honored skills of violin making. Continue reading “French Company Designs Fully Playable Electric Violin Using 3D Printing”

Amazing 2-String 3D Printed Violin is Part of Something Special Which Could Revolutionize Music

If you aren’t sold on 3D printing just yet, this coming April it will be hard to deny the fact that this technology is here to stay. We’ve seen 3D printed cars, houses, fashion design, and more. We’ve even seen custom 3D printed musical instruments created for superstar musicians. Continue reading “Amazing 2-String 3D Printed Violin is Part of Something Special Which Could Revolutionize Music”

The First 3D Printed Hollow-Body Electric Guitar from Olaf Diegel

Semi-acoustic or hollow-body guitars are known for their clean, warm tones – the sorts of tones you hear from old jazz songs maybe fast-picking country players. 3D printing’s own personal guitar hero, Olaf Diegel, has brought this classic sound into the 21st Century by designing the first 3D printed semi-acoustic guitar, titled The American Graffiti. Continue reading “The First 3D Printed Hollow-Body Electric Guitar from Olaf Diegel”

3D Systems Appoints will.i.am as Its Chief Creative Officer

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) today announced that will.i.am, global entertainer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, joined 3DS as its Chief Creative Officer. In this leadership role, will.i.am will inspire, shape and drive all of 3DS’ initiatives to mainstream the use of 3D printing through major collaborations with creative brand partners, innovative global campaigns and educational grand challenges designed to grow the popularity of 3D printing. Continue reading “3D Systems Appoints will.i.am as Its Chief Creative Officer”

3DPI Founder’s Top 5 3D Printing Apps of 2013 (VIDEOS)

I remember lively the time I was undertaking this same task last year. It’s really incredible to look back and realise how much the industry has moved forward by comparing last year’s applications with those in 2013. As it’s really the applications that push the industry forward, a lot has been accomplished over the last 12 months. Of course various 3D printing technologies have evolved along the way, making it possible for creative minds to come up with new ways of utilizing 3D printing and additive manufacturing. So, without further ado I will jump on my top 5 3D printing applications from the past year. Continue reading “3DPI Founder’s Top 5 3D Printing Apps of 2013 (VIDEOS)”