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MIT Media Lab Prints a Functional Flute Using a 3D Printer

 - Jan 27, 2011
References: & newscientist
Researchers from MIT Media Lab have used a 3D printer to create a completely intact composite of a working flute.

The MIT Media Lab project is a landmark achievement because creating woodwind instruments is a delicately intricate process and the experiment is an enormous testament to how far 3D printers have come. The amazing thing is, however, that the flute actually sounds and functions like a real one made from metal. In order to put the finished product to the test, the MIT Media Team had a professional flutist test the model’s accuracy. And while although it proved surprisingly accurate, there is still plenty of room for improvement. Nevertheless, the process and its results are a tremendously positive step forward for 3D printing technology.