Thursday, June 11, 2015

New Product - T.V. EZ GRIP Picks!

Designed by Tommy Von to address the issues of grip and playability associated with most common guitar picks.
Each pick features a beveled opening to allow your thumb and index finger to securely grab the pick for an easy grip and relaxed playing with less fatigue. These picks are custom 3D printed at Tommy’s workshop in Denver, CO USA. The 3D printing process imparts a grooved texture to one side of the pick, which further enhances the grip factor. Each $5 pack contains 6 1.38mm custom made picks.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

Studio Phi 3D prints sound absorbing shapes

As 3D printing technology is great for easily producing objects of all shapes and sizes hitherto impossible or very difficult to make, it is hardly surprising that the way we look at and use shapes also changes. While much of that happens without thinking about it, Dutch designer Foteini Setaki very consciously and critically approached the specific acoustic function of geometric shapes as part of her graduation project for the TU Delft a few years ago. And as her results showed, 3D printing technology could be used to optimize the sound absorption qualities of specific objects in homes, offices and elsewhere.
Since graduating, Foteini Setaki started a design studio called StudioPhi, through which she continues to question design techniques and explores new manufacturing and architectural options in a quest to find balance between aesthetics and engineering. 3D printing (or additive manufacturing) obviously plays a significant role in the future he envisions, and as such Setaki has already exhibited various fascinating 3D printed creations over the past few years.

And as you can see in the clip above, this has resulted in some interesting creations, filled with 3D printed tubes capable of absorbing sounds. ‘The proposed sound absorber is conceived as an organic-looking structure that is floating in space and “grows” where sound absorption is needed. As a result, the generated geometry regulates acoustic performance according to the desired criteria and the acoustic demands of the examined space.’