3D Scanning Making Waves in Music 

3D scanning personalizes your instrument

 Who would have thought that 3D scanning would have anything to do with ‘that old time rock and roll’ , but indeed it seems that 3D scanning has stepped up to the mic. 3D scanning can enhance a musicians musical experience in ways that could not have been done in the past. Whether its hobbyist on a guitar or profession musician in a recording studio, 3D scanning can bring a personal touch to the enjoyment of music.

3d scanning instrument parts

3D scanning for one has given musicians better access to the instrument parts they need. There has always be a great gap between the musicians and the production of their musical instrument. Musicians have always been at the mercy of those who manufacture the parts. Need a part for an instrument that is no longer in production? Sorry, buddy. But with 3D scanning, that problem is solved. All that is needed is a 3D digitally scanned copy of that instrument or part and the musician can start producing their own replacement parts without delay. Need a replacement for the neck of that old Chinese erhu that is no longer made or sold? Need an replacement part for that rare Gibson without paying an arm and a leg? Need a few replacement keys on a piano that is no longer in production? A 3D scanned copy of that instrument would save the day.   

customized pieces

We aren’t just whistling Dixie when we say that 3D scanning has added a new dimension of creativity to music experience. 3D scanning is allowing musicians to modify their instrument. The size and shape of various parts of an instrument are designed and manufactured without the input of the the individual who buys it. With 3D scanning and printing, the game has changed. 3D scanning technology has now brought the baton into the hands of the music lovers themselves. Don’t like the length of the mouthpiece on your trumpet? 3D scanning technology enables the musician to custom design that part to just the right length. Maybe its having shorter keys on a tuba, or a more stylish tuning peg on a guitar, the possibilities are limitless, but what ever the case may be, 3D scanning makes this possible. All it takes is a little bit of imagination. The process first would first require a 3D scan of the original part, next, some modification made to the digital copy by computer, and finally the tailor made part would be printed out with the same material using 3D printing technology.  

how's the sound quality?

With every new venture there are always some challenges to be met, and with 3D scanning and printing of musical instrument parts there is no exception. There are some who argue that printed 3D instruments won’t produce the same sound quality as those crafted using traditional production methods. This of course may be true, or it may not. If it is true, then leaves it challenges yet to be solved in the field of 3D scanning. On the other hand, a different sound doesn’t necessarily mean a lesser quality sound. As with many things, we may learn to love it!!

What do you think about 3D scanning and music? 

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