Listening to 3D Printed Records

Alexandra Bremers
November 4th 2015

Amanda Ghassaei, currently a student at the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT Media Lab, is a former employee at the do-it-yourself website Instructables.com. Back then she developed ways to 3D print and laser cut vinyl records.

"In order to explore the current limits of 3D printing, I've created a technique for converting digital audio files into 3D-printable, 33rpm records that play on ordinary turntables. Though the audio quality is low, the audio output is still easily recognizable - the records have a sampling rate of 11kHz and 5-6 bit resolution".

On her website, she explains how this was done, and provides a nice video on the process.

Although the quality of the sound is still far from ideal, the project is a great exploration of the status quo of 3D printing technology, especially linked to a slightly nostalgic medium such as vinyl records. The entire, elaborate instructions to create your 3D printed record can be found at Instructables.com. Let's enjoy some 3D-printed 80's new wave music!

Via: Instructables, Amanda Ghassaei

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