Additive manufacturing for musical applications
- Additive manufacturing (AM) is the automated layer-wise fabrication of 3D objects directly from geometrical computer models. In the music technology lab, AM affords the rapid testing of enclosures and components for both sound capturing and sound producing instruments. These instruments, typically outsourced to manufacturing hubs, are now produced near the site of musical experimentation through desktop fabrication. Parametric modeling and rapid fabrication with AM accelerate the design cycle for the production of instruments for music research. AM alters the site of manufacturing, the duration between the digital sketch and its materialization, and the material constitution of the instruments we might deploy; these shifts have consequences for what gets made and in turn alter artistic practices that integrate such tool-making tools. To illustrate these affordances of AM, I describe a suite of instruments within a taxonomy of usage categories that move from reproduction of known instruments, to the augmentation of found ones and finally a phase of invention. Invention arises not simply from putting such machines in the service of novel ideas but rather from carefully examining the material outcomes of the layering process itself. The term AM is used in place of numerous alternatives to emphasize this anisotropic grain of the printed object. Although the additive method announces a powerful flexibility in the shapes it sheds, its performance in various acoustic and electroacoustic scenarios depends in part on this grain. The practice, therefore, navigates trade-offs between malleable fabrication methods for organizing material and the quality of the resulting forms for organizing sound.
|Type of resource
|electronic; electronic resource; remote
|1 online resource.
|Granzow, John Edward
|Stanford University, Department of Music.
|Statement of responsibility
|John Edward Granzow.
|Submitted to the Department of Music.
|Thesis (Ph.D.)--Stanford University, 2017.
- © 2017 by John Edward Granzow
- This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial 3.0 Unported license (CC BY-NC).
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