How 3D Printing Is Changing The Music Industry

Modeling and 3d printing a musical component Source:
Modeling and 3d printing a musical component Source:

The manufacturing sector is like a well of abyss depth. The more humans dig into it, the deeper it seems. Look around you to notice the gifts that different manufacturing technologies were able to manage! The most recent buzz-creating manufacturing technology is 3D Printing. Doubtlessly, 3D Printing technology is establishing its connections with as many industries as possible. And in this process, 3D Printing technology is changing different industries in intriguing ways.

The musical instrument making industry is reviving as well as discovering because of 3D Printing technology. The first task taken on hand by this technology based on additive manufacturing is creating traditional and ancient musical instruments with unmatched precision. Use of the 3D Printing technology is also for creating newer musical instruments that the industry has not seen before. So, to get a perception of the assignment undertaken by this technology, let’s dive into a little more detail.

Contribution of 3D printing in bettering traditional instruments

A 3D printed violin Modeling and 3d printing a musical component Source:
A 3D printed violin Modeling and 3d printing a musical component Source:

The incredibly creative examples of the remaking of traditional instruments by 3D Printing technology are available on online repositories such as Thingiverse and Cults 3D. All you have to do is visit any of these and type “musical instruments” on the Search tab. 3D Design files of violins, ukuleles, recorders, and other instruments of varied qualities will be available for download.

You can customize a musical instrument at a considerably low price using 3D printing technology. This facility was and is unavailable while manufacturing a musical instrument with any other technology. Some of the renowned names in this field are VLANLAB, Olaf Diegel, and Syos. The primary focus of the name of the companies mentioned above is to create instruments that compete with their traditional counterparts and even outdo them.

VNLAB is a design studio that holds a record of creating 3D Printed violins and violas. The company called Syos concentrates on creating custom saxophone mouthpieces suiting your sound desire. Olaf Diegel is into the creation of unique 3D Printed instruments called ODD Guitars. Replication of the unique artistic shapes of these guitars is impossible using traditional manufacturing technologies. All three companies are known for maintaining tone quality and craftsmanship that beats the instruments’ traditional counterparts.

Contribution of 3D printing in creating newer musical instruments

3D printed futuristic violin Source:
3D printed futuristic violin Source:

The musical instrument industry has always tried to use manufacturing technologies or creating new sounds. So it was obvious when 3D printing technology looked forward to developing instruments that were never-before-seen to produce sounds like never before.

Artists like MONAD studio have been able to come up with some fruitful results of experimenting. They have manufactured a unique horn that they like to call a Hornucopian Dronepipe. The product is bound to be loved more by all the Mad Max fans out there. As it looks just like the one shown in that movie.

Another such creative artist is named Kent Wardle. He has created an instrument that he likes calling Mixtrument. This is also a musical instrument based on air. The section-specific construction of Mixtrument permits you to mix and match saxophone, woodwind, and horn parts.

Apart from this, there have been creations in the Electronic MIDI instruments section. A lot of fresh ideas that are lucrative are also on the table, forcing you to think about the bright future of 3D Printed musical instruments.

Contribution of 3D printing in ameliorating Ancient instruments

3D printed guitars Source:
3D printed guitars Source:

Musical instruments that are only found in books can be created using 3D Printing technology. This contribution of 3D Printing strives from its ability to offer precision like no other manufacturing technology. As you might know, the complete production of a part or functional prototype in 3D printing technology depends on a 3D design file. The efficiency of 3D modeling software is par excellence. And that’s something that gives wings to many designers for creating something so ancient with precision in today’s modern age.

Billy O’Foghlu worked with the College of Asia Pacific after discovering a piece in an archeological collection. He thought it’s an ancient mouthpiece. Because Billy couldn’t try his hands and mouth on it, he went to a 3D printing company that 3D printed him the exact piece in bronze. Affixing that to an ancient trumpet and viola sound and worked as a horn of that period!

There is also a company that is specifically into making high-quality replicas of Cornetts and Zinks. The company is named Cornetti. Those who are into the music industry would know how there were pieces composed by Bach for an instrument called Cornett. But there wasn’t any Cornett into play because that musical instrument was obsolete. Thanks to 3D Printing technology, such and hopefully many other musical instruments of ancient time can come into reality, just as the newer ones are coming into reality from imagination.

The Conclusion

That’s exactly what 3D Printing technology is meant for! Realizing the imaginations! The above mentioned are the three important areas, by working in which 3D Printing technology is able to better them and change them into something more meaningful. In addition to that, it’s developing something more precise and dimensionally accurate than ever.

It should also be noted that all of the improvements mentioned above are made not only in the aesthetics but also in managing the tone and the craftsmanship of the musical instruments. A significant contribution 3D Printing has been able to give to the musical instrument industry is because of its flexibility in customization.

If you need a piece of instrument that has a texture and surface like no other, you can manufacture that easily with 3D Printing technology. Also to note is the capability of this technology to create at a low cost. If for the same task you try to search for options in other manufacturing technologies, it will cost you very much!

Having stated so, the technology is still developing and hence constantly trying to connect with the musical instrument-making industry in as many ways as possible. Who knows after twenty to thirty 3D Printing technology will become the primary technology for making a Guitar or a Piano?