…The resulting soundscapes are often haunting, and even discomfiting, to the ear of Westerners used to listening to 12-tone compositions. While several designers have successfully used 3D printing technology to make musical instruments, those project have been mostly limited to creating replicas of existing ones, instruments which feature normal intonation. Now a group of researchers, Nicholas Bailey, Théo Cremel, and Alex South from the Science and Music Research Group, University of Glasgow, have modeled and designed a microtonal clarinet.
….The new microtonal clarinet was designed to be 3D printed using an object-oriented, acoustic model of the instrument accomplished with C++ coding. The design was done in OpenSCAD, and they say that software was set to predict the outcome of printing a replica of a ‘Denner’ clarinet.
Constructed in four quarters and split dorsally to make it easier to remove filler material and produced by a small prototyping printer at the University of Glasgow’s engineering workshop, the clarinet has a cylindrical bore and nine tone holes….
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! We also offer the LulzBot TAZ – Open source 3D Printer and the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer in our store. If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!