Saturday, January 8, 2011

Experimental Instruments

It turns out that people are printing instruments now. I don't know exactly what media they are using, but working for a company that sells printers, this amazes me. I really wanted to see the part where they folded the material and sealed it together into one circular piece, but evidently that part of the process is secret.

The flute doesn't work quite as well as a normal one, but it could lead to new types of instruments because you can make them relatively cheaply without having to spend an arm and a leg to create a mold.

What type of instrument would you want to make? I would love hear a piccolo oboe. It might be really annoying, but it would be fun to see someone playing an oboe that was the size of a tin whistle.

1 comment:

Lana said...

I heard a story about this on NPR a few years ago. Elise watched a printer that "printed" objects. I have a hard time wrapping my mind around it.