Plastic Fantastic? Come, listen & cast your vote!

Can 3D printing replicate the sound of an 18th Century recorder? Let us know what you think!

The ‘Replicating Historic Musical Instrument’ project is using the latest in CT scanning and 3D Printing technology to replicate an 18th Century ivory recorder in different materials. As part of the Oxford Open Doors program, the public are invited to learn more about the project and, not least, help decide if any of the replicas sound like the real thing.

Come, listen & cast your vote!

When: 14 September, 2.45pm
Where: Pitt Rivers Museum – The Old Library


About the project:

The ‘Replicating Historic Musical Instrument’ project is funded by the IT Innovation Challenges. The project is exploring how 3D printing technologies can be used to produced replicas of musical instruments. The project is not only aiming to reproduce the look of the instrument but also wants to explore if the replicas can be made to sound and feel like the original. The project is using CT scanning and 3D modelling software to produce a model that can be printed on a 3D printer. Different resin and printers are used, from a desktop ABS print to the latest in SLA, and Multijet printing technology, and the result will be evaluated in different ways, with input from both professional musicians and the public.

More information about the project can be found on the Project Webpage as well as in the Meet the Project and Project Abstract posts on this blog.


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