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Do you think 3D-printed pianos will revolutionize the market #2721105
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I was reading about how folks in China & Dubai are building homes with a 3D-printer, and it got me thinking that this revolution might find its way to the piano world. I do think that the hammer felt, strings and the thing that holds the string in will not be 3D-printed, but I could see the case, soundboard, plate, keys and even the action pieces printed. I guess the value of my Petrof IV will go down the tubes.

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Re: Do you think 3D-printed pianos will revolutionize the market [Re: swampwiz] #2721109
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3D printers “print” a synthetic material. Since carbon soundboards haven’t quite caught on, I’m skeptical about printed soundboards. I don’t think they can yet print high quality spruce! wink


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Re: Do you think 3D-printed pianos will revolutionize the market [Re: swampwiz] #2721234
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I have often wondered why 3d printing has not been used especially for action parts.

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Re: Do you think 3D-printed pianos will revolutionize the market [Re: swampwiz] #2721260
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You will be dirt, and your Petrof a museum exhibit before this happens...


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Re: Do you think 3D-printed pianos will revolutionize the market [Re: swampwiz] #2721273
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Originally Posted by P W Grey
I have often wondered why 3d printing has not been used especially for action parts.

Interesting observation! You could easily customize that way.


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Re: Do you think 3D-printed pianos will revolutionize the market [Re: P W Grey] #2721298
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It might be worthwhile making patterns printing them, but once you make molds, casting them should be cheaper and faster.


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Re: Do you think 3D-printed pianos will revolutionize the market [Re: Retsacnal] #2721301
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Originally Posted by Retsacnal
3D printers “print” a synthetic material. Since carbon soundboards haven’t quite caught on, I’m skeptical about printed soundboards. I don’t think they can yet print high quality spruce! wink


It should be possible to print a carbon fiber soundboard. The Phoenix soundboards from what I understand are done with unidirectional fiber layers, which can be printed. I suspect it would be difficult to get the same kind of stiffness. It's probably cheaper to just lay up the cloth the normal way instead of trying to print something that big with such fine detail.

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Re: Do you think 3D-printed pianos will revolutionize the market [Re: swampwiz] #2721315
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You could of course 3D print a pianist which would be quite appropriate for a John Cage's "No Such Thing as Silence". Also for Simon and Garfunkle's "Sound of Silence" smile

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Re: Do you think 3D-printed pianos will revolutionize the market [Re: swampwiz] #2721359
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3D printing makes sense for parts that can be made better/cheaper/faster/easier that way. Probably useful for replacing obsolete action parts, but they can't print cast iron or steel strings. A pattern for a plate is a possibility. WNG and Renner should be the first to look into this.


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Re: Do you think 3D-printed pianos will revolutionize the market [Re: swampwiz] #2721780
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3D printing is a wonderful technology, but is not economical for things that are made in large quantity. I cannot think of one single part which may benefit from 3D printing, except for custom, decorative parts.

Re: Do you think 3D-printed pianos will revolutionize the market [Re: swampwiz] #2721819
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Printing your own piano sounds a little like buying a heap of steel wool to knit yourself a new car.


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