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Reproducing Musical Instrument Components from Manufacturers’ Technical Drawings using 3D Printing: Boosey & Hawkes as a Case Study

Cottrell, S.J. ORCID: 0000-0003-4019-798X and Howell, J. (2019). Reproducing Musical Instrument Components from Manufacturers’ Technical Drawings using 3D Printing: Boosey & Hawkes as a Case Study. Journal of New Music Research, doi: 10.1080/09298215.2019.1642362

Abstract

This paper demonstrates how component musical instrument parts can be recreated from manufacturers’ technical drawings using 3D printing. While the application of this technology is not new, previous approaches have usually involved Computer Tomography scanning of extant models. Instead we used surviving technical drawings of clarinet mouthpieces originally manufactured by Boosey & Hawkes. We demonstrated that this non-invasive technique can be used to 3D print musical component parts if the original plans survive, even when extant parts do not. We also demonstrated through qualitative feedback from professional musicians that hand finishing of 3D printed mouthpieces remains essential for skilled performers.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of New Music Research, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/09298215.2019.1642362
Publisher Keywords: 3D Printing; Clarinet Mouthpieces; Boosey and Hawkes; Technical Drawings
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music
T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Music
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/22501
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