3D printed saxophone mouthpiece shown at North Sea Jazz Festival 2012

During the North Sea Jazz festival, 3D printed saxophone mouthpiece will be shown. Industrial Design Engineering (IDE, Delft University of Technology) researchers will be present as ‘scientists on location’. A wide variety of international musicians have been invited to test the mouthpieces. (VIDEO)

3D printing is being applied in an increasing number of areas, including music. Through the use of computer simulations and CT scanning, TU Delft’s IDE faculty discovered groundbreaking improvements for the saxophone mouthpiece. Research is being carried out together with the light music department of the Royal Conservatoire of The Hague.

David Liebman
Previously, together with assistant professor Jouke Verlinden and PhD student Zjenja Doubrovski, famous American saxophonist David Liebman carried out experiments and tested a large number of mouth pieces. Inexpensive 3D printers were used for this, with surprisingly accurate and complex mouthpieces being produced in just a few hours, for less than a euro. Benjamin Herman (New Cool Collective), Marco Kegel (Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra) and Leo van Oostrum (Author of 100+1 saxen among others) have also been used as test cases during the last six months.

Benjamin Herman playing TU Delft 3D printed mouthpieces from ZjenjaD on Vimeo.

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