Band plays world’s first concert with 3D-printed instruments

The concert took place at Lund University in Sweden

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Band plays world’s first concert with 3D-printed instruments Diegel: "3D printing allows me to make complex shapes that are impossible to do any other way."
By  Helen Gaskell Published  September 24, 2014

A university professor in Sweden has produced the world’s first band that uses 3D- printed musical instruments.

Olaf Diegel, a design engineer and professor, who was also the first person to 3D-print a Saxophone, produced a live concert with the band at Lund University in Sweden.

"3D printing allows me to make complex shapes that are impossible to do any other way. I can also tailor instruments very precisely for musicians who want their instruments custom-made," said Diegel.

According to website, 3Dprint.com, Diegel finds 3D printing advantageous because of the fact that he is able to design the instruments for the very musicians who will be playing them. If one musician feels more comfortable with a certain shape of guitar, Diegel can easily integrate that preference into his design.

The concert featured band members from the University’s Malmö Academy of Music. The band played using two electric guitars, a drum set, and a keyboard, which had all been designed and printed by Diegel himself, who is reportedly using music to hopefully open up the eyes of those within other fields, like that of medicine.

“There has been a few applications in the medical field… we need more of that,” explained Diegel “That is one of the reasons why I did the guitar, to show this is usable beyond a prototype.”

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