In the corresponding research, the team has devised a total of 16 instruments to generate different melodies. According to Nobuyuki Umetani, head of the design and fabrication group at Autodesk the motivation behind their work was to open the world of designing to music enthusiasts. If we consider a look at the conventional wind instruments, we will find them basically the same having a hollow tube inside. This is done to channel the vibrations that can create acoustic resonance. However, the newest tool challenges the design concept by promising to turn a free-form model to a musical instrument.
The Ready-made Wind Instrument With Printone
Printing technologies have come a long way with 3D printing and this time, the tool echoes the truth that software defined changes can modify the physical behavior. One of the co-authors of its corresponding paper implied, the next work will be related to ergonomics of the tool for better finger-hole configurations. As a one line explanation of its nature, the computational program chooses the dominant tone to house the device, not the entire frequency spectrum. The research paper will be published this week at the 9th ACM SIGGRAPH Conference and Exhibition on Computer Graphics and Interactive Techniques in Asia.
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Source: Autodesk Research