3D Printed Silicone Mold Pattern Perfects Performance for Harmonica Players

If only harmonica players had three hands, they would be able to easily hold a microphone while using their other two hands to play. Just ask Dror Adler from the world renowned Adler Trio. Fifty years after he started performing, Adler came up with an idea to develop a unique microphone enclosure that would attach to the harmonica and accommodate all the necessary electronics for a wireless mike.

The harmonica mic enclosure in a 3D printed silicone mold, directly after the silicone has cured around the pattern

The harmonica mike enclosure in a silicone mold, directly after the silicone has cured around the 3D printed pattern

The Before Picture: Dror Adler from the Adler Trio holding the microphone while also using both hands to play

The Before Picture: Dror Adler from the Adler Trio holding the microphone while also using both hands to play

The first  prototype was produced by Israel-based Erez RP on a PolyJet-based Stratasys 3D Printer.  Several design iterations were created until a perfect prototype was produced and Dror was in harmonica heaven.   After other musicians saw the Adler Trio performing live, and asked where they could buy their own microphone holder, Dror began to consider producing them in small commercial quantities.

Again, Stratasys 3D printing was music to his ears. This time Erez RP used a silicone molding process, where a mold is created by pouring liquid silicone rubber over a Stratasys 3D printed part, for economical production of about 10 to 15 parts in each run.  The silicone mold is used over and over, every time Adler receives a new order.

The After Picture: Stratasys 3D printed microphone enclosure accommodates all the necessary electronics for a wireless mic

The After Picture: Stratasys 3D printed microphone enclosure accommodates all the necessary electronics for a wireless mike

To see and hear the perfect harmony of music and Stratasys 3D printing, watch this special video.

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  1. it's awsome.

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