We’ve seen how 3D printing innovation has been utilized to artistically represent the physical world, but just few, like Reify and artist Gilles Azzaro, have explored the ways that sound can in addition be manifested by 3D printing, too. But what if you were able-bodied to own your favourite song or album in the form of ceramic pottery? Well, two artists based in the Netherlands, spatial sound developer Ricky van Broekhoven and developer Olivier van Herpt, have teamed up to manufacture this interesting idea of evoking sound in 3D a reality. The collaborative effort resulted in Solid Vibrations, a project that involves bringing the vibrations made of a sound or song and and capturing them into 3D printed ceramic objects.


With van Broekhoven’s specialized experience in sound turn it into and van Herpt’s knack for utilizing 3D printing materials (particularly outside of conventional plastics), the two turn it into artists are featuring the one-of-a-kind patterns that sound vibrations are able-bodied to turn it into, while in addition proving 3D printed ceramic material as an ideal medium with that to do so. Making use of a ceramic 3D printing device engineered by van Herpt himself, the artist discovered that, by mounting a speaker at a lower place the 3D printing create platform, the amplified sound may turn it into Moiré patterns inside the ceramic print surface. These Moiré patterns, that appear like tight-knit water ripples or sound waves, were not precisely expected by van Herpt, but the compelling accidental turn it into inspired him to reach out to van Broekhoven to additional research the idea of manufacturing object out of sound waves.


To combine the temporal sound driven nature of his work with 3D printing may let noisescapes become things,the Solid Vibrations project description on van Herpt’s website reads. “A moment in time, a song a sound, they can now become objects that encapsulate the moment forever.


The manipulation of the clay material via sound waves creates 3D printed ceramic pottery that seems both tightly woven and loosely flowing, as the Moiré patterns seem to wrap around and intersect with one another, yet never seem to end. This is pretty not Oliver van Herpt’s initially go-around with 3D printing either. The developer has in addition experimented with real-time 3D printing that is able-bodied to sense the external environment and alter pattern turn it intos on the spot, and has in fact created an open sourced extruder to 3D print with actual beeswax material. His latest collaborative project with van Broekhoven is yet another example of how van Herpt is pushing the boundaries of what we can represent through 3D printing. The Solid Vibrations project shows that we can physically manifest sound waves in ways we never idea were possible, and that perhaps our favourite tunes in fact appear advantageous than they sound!

Tyler Koslow

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Tyler Koslow is a Brooklyn-based writer for 3D Printing Industry, and has in addition generated content for publications and companies such as Dell, Brooklyn Magazine, and Equity Arcade. His content is focutilized on a wide range of topics which include tech, gaming, and music . Tyler is in addition a habitual instrument player, a writer of fiction, and generally all around fun haver. Tyler got a Bachelor’s degree studying English-Creative Writing at the University of Central Florida in 2008.