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Stanford Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics

IMG_7222_largeThe team at the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University is working on great things. The program's PhD candidate John Granzow was not familiar 3D printing until he started using the machines on Stanford's campus. After seeing how useful these machines were, he decided to invest in one with Sasha Leitman, Technical Coordinator and Projects Manager of CCRMA.

The team relied on the reviews of Make Magazine on entry level printers and decided on a Series 1 for its larger print volume and open source, and the fact our company was locally-based. 

CCRMA has been working on creating 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.

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.

IMG_7215_largeHowever, 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.

"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. 

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