3D Printing a Custom Designed Flute (VIDEO)

The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES) is working to push the boundaries of the possible with 3D printing technologies to forge innovative new medical solutions, jewellery, even original and facsimile musical instruments as part of it’s mission.

The University of Wollongong’s Global Challenges Program has called on the ARC Centre to 3D print a block-flute from polymers that both duplicate the timbre of its concert equivalent and produce new micro-tonal musical scales with the instrument.

3D printing seems to have come a long way since an eye catching cover on The Economist back at the start of 2011 ran with the headline: ‘Print Me A Stradivarius.’ Whilst the promise of a new way of making musical instruments is not unique; the premise of making quality musical instruments, with their intricacies of resonance accurate, by printing them in layers, is growing, as demonstrated by Olaf Diegel’s work with 3D printing instruments, most recently with a saxophone. Mike also touched on this in his recent article on the convergence of music with 3D printing.

Printing a high quality musical instrument is towards the precision engineering end of the spectrum of 3D printing production applications. Whilst prosumer home 3D printers will output a perfectly reasonable pocket ocarina, this is far away from techniques used to print a concert violin — or a flute. The famed violin in question was 3D printed by Germany based 3D printing company EOS, using an industrial polymer normally used for high-temperature functions in medical applications. … (Read more)

Source: 3DprintingIndustry.com