Amit Zoran of the MIT Media Lab has designed and printed a fully-functional flute. The musical instrument was printed on a Connex500 3D printer, and the only non-printed items in the instrument are the springs for the keys. The entire printing process took roughly 15 hours with assembly taking a bit longer. Zoran, earlie this year helped dream up a 3D food printer.
The proof of the pudding is in the eating, of course, so how does it sound? Find out for yourself in the video below. While it’s difficult to judge the acoustic qualities of an instrument via a YouTube video, it appears to be a fairly impressive reproduction. Seth Hunter, the man in the video testing the newly crafted instrument, offers a few suggestions for enhancement but overall seems impressed by the flute.