…Howe wondered if the CT scan and X-ray data of these originals might help replicate new ones. Then he met Sina Shahbazmohamadi, director of imaging at UConn’s Center for Clean Energy Engineering, now an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Manhattan College in the Bronx.
“I thought, Why not transfer the data from the X-ray to the 3-D printer and copy those?” Shahbazmohamadi says. “There are several advantages to this, mainly that there would be no error during this transferring.”
The process also allowed Shahbazmohamadi to digitally remove dings, dents and cracks that existed in the originals. In addition, working from Howe’s tenor mouthpiece, Shahbazmohamadi was able to manipulate the data to create copies of alto, baritone and soprano mouthpieces that no longer existed.
“And that was huge because it allowed people to play saxophones that were not usable before,” Shahbazmohamadi says.