User Story: Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics

Posted by Kimberly Reyes on Nov 14, 2013 7:26:06 AM

Sasha Leitman, Romain Michon, John Granzow Sasha Leitman, Romain Michon (CCRMA PhD Candidate), John Granzow

The team at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University is working on great things. Sasha Leitman, Technical Coordinator and Projects Manager, has been working with CCRMA PhD candidate John Granzow to create an open source toy box of instrument pieces that would allow its users to learn about acoustics and sound.

This music maker box would contain several miscellaneous parts, like some PVC pipe or a toilet paper holder.

IMG_7215 3D printed mouthpieces

CCRMA purchased the Series 1 3D printer in August as a way to create custom mouthpieces for these instruments. The creative possibilities seem endless with the music kit, which they hope will be an educational tool for children. The printer they use is stationed in the CCRMA's office, although larger 3D printers can be found on Stanford's campus.

However, the Series 1 provides just enough functionality for the team, who says that people also enjoy the sound the printer makes when it's at work.


John got his start to 3D printing once he arrived at CCRMA by using the university's printers. After looking at all the Make Magazine reviews of entry level printers, the team decided on a Series 1 for its larger print build and open source, and the fact our company was locally-based. "Using the 3D printer has been fun," says John. "I've been using it for things like substructures for greater models and even instruments."


Only a month after purchasing the printer, John led a week-long CCRMA Workshop at Stanford called "3D Printing For Acoustics". With about six participants in the workshop, ranging from ages 20-60, John was able to help the students make their musical dreams a reality by designing prototypes and printing them out. More interest has generated in the workshop, and John is thinking about doing it again next year.

IMG_7224 3D printed mouthpiece on a toilet paper holder

IMG_7233 3D printed mouthpiece on a custom instrument

Watch the exclusive performance of the Stanford CCRMA band with the music maker box!

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