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3D Printed Electronic Drums

Fully functional 3D printed musical instrument.

3D printers like ZMorph 2.0 S enable easy, quick and relatively inexpensive way of realizing even the wildest creative ideas.

Michal Szydlowski

Challenge

Wide range of possibilities offered by 3D printing enable designers to realize even the wildest and complicated creative ideas. Electronic percussion set manufactured as a graduation project at Wroclaw University of Technology is a perfect example that proves the usefulness of 3D printing. Thanks to this technology, Michal Szydlowski was able to manufacture his musical hardware in a short period of time and at a low cost.

Solution

The design was first created as a 3D model in Autodesk Inventor software. All parts were then 3D printed on ZMorph 2.0 S multitool 3D printer using a Plastic Extruder 1.75 mm which took about 16 hours to accomplish and required around 1 kg of PLA filament. Depending on the function of certain parts, Michal 3D printed them with different infill. Acoustic elements were printed with 15-20% infill while the fasteners and holders had about 80% to make them more rigid and strong.

Result

All the 3D printed acoustic elements met the basic requirements for mounting tendons on them to finalize the instruments. During further experiments, Michal discovered that a higher level of infill in these elements could make them even more durable and fit for playing even the strongest rock music. Overall, ZMorph 2.0 S multitool 3D printer helped the young student of acoustics in building a fully functional musical instrument.