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A 3D printed violin Kickstarter is a work of art

By Nick Hall

A 3D printed violin could bring this classical instrument to the next generation if the 3Dvarius Kickstarter reaches its goal. This electric violin is a futuristic work of art made from transparent resin and it looks amazing. Freed from the constraints of traditional acoustic design, musician Laurent Bernadac and his team have managed to create an ornate […]

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The world’s first 3D printed aluminium guitar!

By Olaf Diegel

The Heavy Metal  3D printed aluminium guitar:     This guitar was designed to explore what metal additive manufacturing (3D printing) is capable of, and to better understand the intricacies of the whole process, from “design for additive manufacturing”, to the actual printing of the guitar, to the post-processing that is required to go from […]

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3D Printing Ceramics with the Sound of Some Solid Vibes

By Tyler Koslow

We’ve seen how 3D printing technology has been used to artistically represent the physical world, but only few, like Reify and artist Gilles Azzaro, have explored the ways that sound can also be manifested by 3D printing, too. But what if you were able to own your favorite song or album in the form of ceramic pottery? Well, two artists based in the Netherlands, spatial sound designer Ricky van Broekhoven and designer Olivier van Herpt, have teamed up to make this intriguing idea of evoking sound in 3D a reality.…

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Hear, Hear! Fender Releases Line of 3D Printed Earbuds

By Michael Molitch-Hou

Taking a cue from companies like Normal, MrSpeakers, and V-MODA, instrument maker Fender has released their own line of 3D printed headphones.  With the guitar icon’s release of a new line of in-hear monitors (aka fancy earbuds), Fender has included a series of higher-end models 3D printed to fit the shape of the human ear.

To produce the headphones, Fender purchased boutique manufacturer Aurisonics, rebranding and updating their own series of headphones. Every pair of the five new earbud models, ranging from $99 to $499 in price, feature a titanium driver, but those you see shaped like the inside of a human ear have a 3D printed shell. …

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Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger: Adafruit Releases New Project for 3D Printed Daft Punk Helmet

By Tyler Koslow

Specializing in 3D printed DIY projects for open source tech company Adafruit, Noe Ruiz is certainly fond of the legendary electronic music duo Daft Punk. Back in 2014, Ruiz put together a DIY project that allowed customers to 3D print their own full-sized, LED-equipped Daft Punk helmet. The perfect project for an experienced Maker with which to ring in the New Year, Ruiz and the Adafruit team have revamped the previously released helmet project to include Bluetooth-controlled LED lights, giving those who are fans of both Daft Punk and 3D printing one more reason to ‘come on and celebrate’.…

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Formlabs, Normal, & Rebecca Minkoff Create 3D Printed Rose Gold Earphones

By Tyler Koslow

A lucky few have already had the opportunity to listen to music through 3D printed devices before, ranging from paper-thin earphones made by a French design student to the exuberantly priced and customizable metal-casted headphones created by V-MODA.  And Normal has established itself as a pioneer in the space with 3D printed earbuds tailored to ears of customers.  Now, Formlabs has partnered with the NYC-based startup to create customized metal headphones 3D printed with their own Castable Resin.

After connecting with Normal’s CEO and founder Nikki Kaufman, Formlabs and Kaufman decided to collaborate and create the custom 3D printed Rose Gold headphones, which are composed of investment-casted brass and 14K rose gold.…

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Inside 3D Printing Heads to Mumbai with Printed Instruments in Tow

By Michael Molitch-Hou

3D printing is now exploding in India, where the country with the world’s second largest population is experiencing a flood of activity related to the technology.  As international companies, like Autodesk, Stratasys, Renisha, and 3D Systems, cross the borders to set up shop, so too MecklerMedia’s Inside 3D Printing is heading to Mumbai, the financial capital of the country and also its largest city.

On December 3rd and 4th, Inside 3D Printing will be taking Mumbai by storm, this time introducing its Inside 3D Printing Experience Zone, meant as an educational and creative space for attendees to experience the technology and its applications. …

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CD Baby Turns to Source3 for Musicians’ Personalized 3D Printed Merch

By Michael Molitch-Hou

The market for 3D printing licensed products is only just starting to take off, with many large companies only considering the technology bit by bit.  There are plenty of indicators, however, that this space is ready to become populated by brands large and small, as they convert their merchandise into 3D printable products: Turbo Squid partnered with Ford, Launzer.com launched 3D printable DC characters, and FabZat is working with Blizzard to 3D print characters from World of Warcraft.
One company that may be set to take the world of licensed 3D printed goods by storm is Source3, who not only have a track record of licensing and distributing digital content, but have a broad view of how 3D printing and merchandising will go hand in hand.…

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