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Playable Ukulele - Printable w/ no Supports

Full-size Soprano Ukulele which prints with no supports.

Now includes files for both smaller and larger printers.

Designed to work with standard guitar or ukulele tuning machines and standard ukulele strings. Playable and is full soprano scale.

Many iterations to get to this design including: curved body for strength and to resist warping and Inner bracing which generally prevents de-lamination.

I have been playing my first print for years without issue.

UPDATES:

  • Now includes files for smaller printers. Body lower and upper and Neck lower and upper. I included tabs on the body and neck to try and make gluing up the pieces easier.

  • V15 Neck posted which has changes based on feedback including: rounded frets to remove any sharp edges, smaller machine holes in the heads, re-positioned frets to stay better in tune.

Video of playing available at: http://youtu.be/6QZvYGKUjJA

Instructions

Body

Use at least 4 layers and 50% fill. This will ensure that you have sufficient stiffness in the body and structure supports to hold the string tension. Printing from the inside out general works best for the initial overhang which is the roughest part of the print.

Neck

Like the body use lots of layers on the outside (at least 4). For the neck I have had success with 50% fill, but wouldn't do any less to ensure you have sufficient strength for strings.

Now includes files for small printers. Upper and Lower Body and Upper and Lower neck. Super glue the parts all together once printed.


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Kazoo

3D printable kazoo instrument, just add wax paper!

Just print, assemble the parts, add wax paper, and you're ready to hum.

Instructions

For full kazoo in 1 print use the Kazoo_All.STL file & make sure to use exterior support, for the valve to print properly.

Each part is also available in a separate file, only the valve needs support, the cap and body are fine to print without.

To play;
• Insert the valve into the main body
• Cut a small piece of wax paper (about 1" square) & place it on top of the valve
• Gently push the cap over the wax paper and onto the valve
• For best sound, hum into the larger end
• Enjoy!

Object height: 119mm
STP and STL formats available.


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A Recorder Flute

The Recorder is one of the oldest flutes around that's still in use. The Recorder is one the main reasons the Ocarina lost much of its hold over the musical domain. It grew to its greatest popularity during the Renaissance. The modern flute we use today like the Recorder's younger brother- both were developed side by side historically. The soprano Recorder is the most common one used today. One can say that playing the Recorder remains as one of the easier things to do among the woodwind instruments.

The recorder gets its name from the early meaning of 'record', which means 'to practice music'. The recorder is named 'Flauto' in Portuguese and Spanish. Over the passing of time however, it was discovered that the modern concert flute was richer in tones and better sounding than the recorder. That, coupled with the exponential rise in popularity of orchestras, led to the decline of the recorder.

The flute is a musical instrument of the woodwind family. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is an aerophone or reedless wind instrument that produces its sound from the flow of air across an opening. According to the instrument classification of Hornbostel–Sachs, flutes are categorized as edge-blown aerophones.
A musician who plays the flute can be referred to as a flute player, a flautist,[1] a flutist,[2] or, less commonly, a fluter.[3][4][5][6] The term flutenist, found in English up to the 18th century, is no longer used.[7]
Aside from the voice, flutes are the earliest known musical instruments. A number of flutes dating to about 43,000 to 35,000 years ago have been found in the Swabian Alb region of Germany. These flutes demonstrate that a developed musical tradition existed from the earliest period of modern human presence in Europe.[8][9]

La flauta dulce o flauta de pico es un instrumento de viento muy antiguo. Popular desde la Edad Media hasta finales del Barroco, fue quedando relegado su uso al desarrollarse la orquesta clásica, poblada de instrumentos más sonoros. A partir del siglo XX retorna de los museos, en principio por el interés de interpretar la música renacentista y barroca con sus instrumentos originales, pero su difusión mundial se basa en las posibilidades pedagógicas como herramienta para la iniciación musical.

Instructions

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