Olaf Diegel's prototype 3D-printed alto sax
The finished 3D-printed sax tips the scales at 575 g (20 oz), which is said to be less than a quarter of the weight of the traditional instrument it was modeled after
Initial assembly is said to have taken a couple of days, but only a single note could be produced after that so Olaf Diegel then spent a few more weeks working out which keys were affecting each other or not closing properly
Olaf Diegel used SolidWorks CAD software to produce the STL files needed for printing the nylon blower on a selective laser sintering (SLS) printer
The working prototype is made up of 41 components, not including springs and screws
While attending Euromold 2013 in Frankfurt, Germany, last December with a band playing 3D-printed instruments, Olaf Diegel was set a challenge by the head of 3D Systems, Avi Reichental. The Professor of product development at Lund University, Sweden was given the task of creating a 3D-printed working saxophone. The first ODD prototype was revealed last week in a short demonstration video, which you can see after the jump.
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