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Wednesday, January 5

MIT Media Lab Prints Out a Sweet-Sounding Flute with a 3-D Printer

This is some future shit going on here. Star Trek replicator meets auto-CAD meets HP Officejet 6000.

MIT Media Lab's Rapid Prototyped Flute MIT Media Lab
 The flute was created on an Objet Connex500 rapid prototyper, a 3-D printer that can print in multiple materials at the same time. The flute was constructed from a few different materials – a rigid material for the body, a softer one for the mouthpiece, another for sealing the air in at the proper places – during a print run of about 15 hours, during which time the materials were added on one thin layer at a time.

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