April 17, 2013

For exploring alternative usage of 3D-printers, .SE's Rickard Dahlstrand used a Lulzbot 3D-printer to create unique art. At Art Hack Day 2013 in Stockholm Dahlstrand's 3D printer not only printed out event's logo for other artists and hackers, but also printed out different visualized classical musical pieces while at the same time acting as an instrument and performing the music itself.

The stepper motors controlling the movement can be run at different speeds, the speed decides the pitch of the sound and makes it possible for the motors to make music.


Three motors each represent one of the tracks and their movement makes an unique pattern. The two motors controlling the Z-axis moves only slightly to increase the height. Microphones on the motors picks up the sound and amplifies it.


People have been playing music on their 3d-printers for a long time, but I wanted to see what music looked like 3D-printed. You'll be amazed at the results.

The music Dahlstrand seleced for this project were:

  1. Williams - Star Wars: Imperial March
  2. Rossini - William Tell Overture
  3. Beethoven - 5th Symphony Part 1
  4. Mozart - Serenade No.13 in G for strings Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (K.525)
  5. Strauss - Blue Danube
  6. Bizet - Carmen: Habanera

Watch the video below 3D printer is playing "Carmen".

So this is what the Star Wars Imperial March looks like when printed with 3D printer.

And Beethoven's 5th Symphony became something totally different.

Want to try yourself? Dahlstrand has posted the source code here.

Thanks to Clover for the tip.



Posted in 3D Printing Applications



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