During the North Sea Jazz festival 2012 3D printed saxophone mouthpiece will be displayed to the public. Mouthpiece is the most important part of the saxophone as it produces the tone and acts as interface between the player's body and the instrument. This 3D printed mouthpiece is designed by researchers at TU Delft. Using a 3D scanner and 3D printer it took them just a few hours to print this complex mouthpiece and it only costs one euro.
Together with assistant professor Jouke Verlinden and PhD student Zjenja Doubrovski, famous American saxophonist David Liebman helped test 3D printed mouthpieces. A few international musicians were invited to test it during the last six months, including Benjamin Herman (New Cool Collective) and Marco Kegel (Rotterdam Jazz Orchestra).
In the video below Leo van Oostrum (Author of 100+1 saxen among others) tested a replication and enhancement of a Meyer mouthpiece. He played with four different mouthpieces: Original Meyer mouthpiece, SLS nylon printed, EBM titanium printed and another one printed on Objet 3D printer.
During the North Sea Jazz festival 2012, the researchers from TU Delft can be found at the Nile Passage Market, from 6-8 July.
Source: Tu Delft
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