The 3D Printed Flute: Digital Fabrication and Design of Musical Instruments

Amit Zoran*

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This paper considers the controversy of modern acoustic instruments, which may have come to an evolutionary impasse, due to its high standardization that makes it difficult to explore design modifications. A new approach for the design and fabrication of an acoustic instrument is presented, using digital fabrication technologies, and specifically 3D printing, which has the potential to influence new designs, and to lead to new acoustics and ergonomic innovations. This paper describes the key concepts of this approach, presenting the development process of such a 3D printed instrument-a prototype ofa 3D printed concert flute, some other 3D printed elements, and a conceptual example of an innovative trumpet-discussing the potential of the new technology in fabricating and designing of musical instruments.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)379-387
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of New Music Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


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