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#1 2011-01-06 03:56:15

dstone
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A flute made on a 3D printer

Model, print, and blow.  If you like the plastic/math/model/perfection/experimentation side of bores and holes, noodle on this:
http://createdigitalmusic.com/2011/01/a … s-to-come/

Printed flute == awesome?  Doubtful.  But the trend is clear...  give it 10 years and 3D printers will be in a lot of homes.  Maybe sufficient scanning technology also.  Ethical, economic, and artistic dilemmas?  "Hey can you email me a copy of that 1.8 Yamaguchi Shiro you've got?  Thanks, dude."  :-O

Archive your favorite flutes in case they are damaged or stolen.
Take a copy of your delicate flute camping!

Ugly.  But interesting.


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#2 2011-01-06 10:53:19

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Re: A flute made on a 3D printer

dstone wrote:

Printed flute == awesome?  Doubtful.  But the trend is clear...  give it 10 years and 3D printers will be in a lot of homes.

Gorgeous! Except those damn moving parts. smile

I liked the trumpet/clarinet thing pictured at the end.

These inevitable approaches are exciting. If not viewed as an end all solution they don't 
threaten but rather compliment a handmade, tinkering approach. Economics
may be another thing. Or not.

So much to learn from doing things another way. The other side of the coin is your friend.

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#3 2011-01-06 16:22:31

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Re: A flute made on a 3D printer

Yup, the moving parts (irrelevant to shakuhachi) were clearly the weakest part of that experiment.

And if the plastic turns you off...  There are 3D printers that can work in glass, sand, ceramic, clay, metals, etc.  Hmm...


When it is rainy, I am in the rain. When it is windy, I am in the wind.  - Mitsuo Aida

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#4 2011-01-09 07:04:56

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Re: A flute made on a 3D printer

interesting, i used a 3d printer to print a bore mandrel for bore casting. the main problem with that technology right now is that its very costly.

now days, if you gonna print a good flute in STL it will probably cost more then the original (yes im talking about few thousand dollars)

but the technology is great!, i remember people talking about a printer printing another printer

http://www.objet.com/

and one more

http://replicatorinc.com/blog/2009/10/3 … mple-part/

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#5 2011-01-10 21:20:51

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Re: A flute made on a 3D printer

Pricey, yes.  One of the cheaper ways to get into 3D printing is the Thing-o-Matic.  In kit form, it's $1,250 and can position to within a thousandth of an inch.  This doesn't necessarily mean it is good enough to maintain a bore profile, but mayyybe...  smile   Oh, and it's limited to printing objects 4" long so we might be talking about a 6-piece hassun.  smile  Still, a cool space to watch.


When it is rainy, I am in the rain. When it is windy, I am in the wind.  - Mitsuo Aida

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#6 2011-01-11 00:53:36

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Re: A flute made on a 3D printer

Anybody got a template for Yamaguchi Goro's embouchure and throat ?

K.


Kia Kaha !

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#7 2011-01-11 10:50:45

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Re: A flute made on a 3D printer

Karmajampa wrote:

Anybody got a template for Yamaguchi Goro's embouchure and throat ?

K.

Ha ha! Very funny Karmajampa. Alas, I'm afraid science will fail us on this one. We may have to do it the old way.


" Who do you trust , me or your own eyes?" - Groucho Marx

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#8 2011-01-11 12:23:58

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Re: A flute made on a 3D printer

Jim Thompson wrote:

Alas, I'm afraid science will fail us on this one. We may have to do it the old way.

What? exhume and autopsy?


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#9 2011-01-11 13:05:58

Jim Thompson
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Re: A flute made on a 3D printer

Last time I checked, autopsy was a science. It won't help us here. In some cases, groping in the dark and relying only on what you can feel is best way. In think this is one of them.


" Who do you trust , me or your own eyes?" - Groucho Marx

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#10 2011-01-11 17:53:45

Moran from Planet X
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Re: A flute made on a 3D printer

Jim Thompson wrote:

Last time I checked, autopsy was a science.

Ah, yes.

My bad.


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#11 2011-01-11 23:17:06

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Re: A flute made on a 3D printer

Karmajampa wrote:

Anybody got a template for Yamaguchi Goro's embouchure and throat ?

Yeah, I found it online.  Disappointing, really.  Mostly empty.


When it is rainy, I am in the rain. When it is windy, I am in the wind.  - Mitsuo Aida

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