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3D printed Saxophone – Music to my ears

A professor at Sweden’s Lund University has used the revolutionary tech to create a visually distinct line of custom-built guitars, keyboards, and drums. Now, Olaf Diegel is giving the alto saxophone a try, and so far he’s had more success than even he expected. Diegel revealed the initial prototype when he demonstrated the nylon-based alto sax last week in a YouTube video. The instrument sounds like an alto saxophone – sort of – but the nylon body creates a decidedly different coloration than your average brass sax. Its creamy complexion and rubber band-supported keys also cause the instrument to immediately stand out visually from its metallic counterparts.

The instruments created by Diegel for his brand, ODD, were designed and crafted using a 3D-printing technology known as Selective Laser Sintering (SLS), which builds the components by spreading a thin layer of nylon powder that is fused in the correct locations for each particular layer of the component. The layer is then dropped down a fraction of a millimeter, and another layer of powder is spread on top of the first. This process is repeated until each 0.1-mm layer, and thus the component as a whole, is complete.

Here’s what a 3D-printed saxophone sounds like | The Verge.

3D printing is changing everything…

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3D printed Saxophone - Music to my ears
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The New York Philharmonic probably isn't going to be placing orders for Olaf Diegel's 3D-printed saxophone just yet, but after just half a year's worth of work he's managed to create a 3D printed sax that sounds like the real thing.
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