Here’s a collection of found images and one of my own in a Photoshop collage. The flute at the center is an image of my prototype that I printed in week seven.
How can you use a computer to print an instrument that can create something artistic, healing, beautiful, audible?
Mike Rafferty, a traditional Irish flute player (1926-1011)
The Irish flute, as we know it, was really a product of the latter half of the 19th century.
My first test print was not designed by myself, but by user PFH through Thingiverse. His model is roughly 12″ tall and pitched in the key of D.
My full sized flute as of week seven (orange). The final step will be placing the holes at appropriate intervals. This will allow the sound of the flute to be pitch accurate and playable. A current problem I’m working out is hole size and angle. If you look closely at the grey model, you’ll see that each hole is a specific shape, size and angle that contribute to the resonance of the instrument.
The First Print
This is a photo of my test flute successful being printed on a Makerbot Replicator 2.
Click here to view the embedded video.
Lesl, Harker. “Mike-Rafferty.” N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.
PFH. “Soprano-Folk-Flute-2_preview_featured.jpg.” N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.
“IrishFlute.jpg.” wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 18 Nov. 2014.