Uconn’s 3D Printing For Antique Musical Instruments

It’s not just Olaf Diegel producing saxophones with 3D printing. Dr. Robert Howe, a Massachusetts based scientist and student of music history, realised the same computerised tomography (CT) scanning technology that could make precise 3D images of medical parts could aid his study of antique musical instruments.

This week, Howe, Bass and Shahbazmohnamadi began seeking a patent for their process. The group has developed a CT scanning technology to not just makes images of those instruments, but 3D print parts that will awaken more of the ancient artefacts to be played.

Dr. Howe, a doctoral student in music theory and history at the University of Connecticut (UConn) took his idea to his music theory tutor Prof. Richard Bass, who contacted Sina Shahbazmohamadi, the school’s director for advanced 3D imaging. The researchers at UConn are using medical technology to rejuvenate life in antique musical instruments. Together, they have made a process for using medical computerised tomography scanning technology to subsequently 3D print copies of parts for the musical instruments. … (Read more)

Source: 3DprintingIndustry.com