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September 15, 2015 AT 5:00 am

3D Printing Ancient Artifacts Lets Us Figure Out What They Were Actually For #makereducation

3050722 inline i 1 3d printing ancient artifacts lets us figure out what they were actually for

Fascinating article from FastCoExist that explores how one PhD student is using 3d printing to reconstruct the past.

With no way to get permission to take the original ancient piece and put it in his mouth, Ó Foghlú obtained its measurements and 3-D printed his own copy. When he fitted it, “Suddenly the instrument came to life,” he said. Played with the 3-D-printed mouthpiece, the “Irish horn had a richer, more velvety tone,” says the Australian National University (ANU) Newsroom.

A mouthpiece makes a horn easier to play, and these horns were, according to Ó Foghlú played a lot. “These horns were not just hunting horns or noisemakers,” he says. “They were very carefully constructed and repaired, they were played for hours. Music clearly had a very significant role in the culture.”

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