No need to call booking agent when you need an orchestra for any event. Now, you can just print it out. Yes, you read that right. Thanks to 3D printing technology, London-based studio my3Dtwin has created the world’s first 3D printed miniature orchestra. To design the complete orchestra, the studio took pictures of professional musicians playing their instruments in 360-degree photo booth. Further, these images were beautifully converted into the tiniest three-dimensional models.
Using photogrammetry technology, these photographs were further transformed into 3D data, scaled down to 1/12 scale, and 3D printed in full color plaster-of-paris. No finishing is required to create these miniature figurines, however minute refinements like smoothing and light sanding can be used to enhance their appearance.
The masterpiece orchestra model is currently on display at the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. It is has been exhibited at the museum to to teach people about the different instruments of the orchestra. The tiny figurines are placed on top of 84-inches interactive monitor, which is donated by NEC Display Solutions.
The monitor is embedded with lights that illuminate when a single instrument or the whole orchestra plays music. Meanwhile, the small figures and specific sections of the orchestra are highlighted when dummy musicians are performing. The display is cleverly designed to assist observers how different instruments are used by musicians while contributing their bit at a given time.
At MIM’s Europe Gallery, this striking orchestral display even guides people to the orchestra, complete with audio clip. Together 3D printing, 3D scanning and audio-visual performances will indeed deliver a multi-sensory experience to the visitors of all ages and musical backgrounds.
Although we’ve seen various 3D printed music instruments so far, but this is truly a commendable effort by MIM to let everyone have a feel of orchestra through realistic 3D miniatures.