A super-cool engineering project, featuring a 3D printed LP record created on a Stratasys Objet500 Connex Multi-material 3D Printer, hit the streets of London in December 2013. A two-day-only pop-up shop, sponsored by Bacardi Beginnings, sold a 3D printed single as a fundraiser for the British music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins. The music was written by Kele Okereke of Bloc Party and featured singer/songwriter Bobbie Gordon. The pair collaborated with visual artist Kate Moross to create not one but four different record sleeves!
Stratasys’ Service Bureau in the UK, IPF, collaborated on this 3D printing project with assistance from Inkling Communications, using Amanda Ghassaei’s algorithm for converting raw audio data into the geometries required to make a 3D printed record. The Objet500 Connex 3D Printer’s amazing capacity for rendering fine detail, down to 16 microns, made this truly original fundraiser a possibility.
Get more details on this groovy use of 3D printing from the IPF blog!