3D Printer Produces Working Flute Designed by a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the 3D printer "prints" out the instrument parts based on a digital design. It takes about 15 hours for the machine to print out the flute. After some additional assembly, the flute is ready to play.
NPR logo

3D Printer Produces Working Flute

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/132613632/132613615" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
3D Printer Produces Working Flute

3D Printer Produces Working Flute

3D Printer Produces Working Flute

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/132613632/132613615" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Designed by a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the 3D printer "prints" out the instrument parts based on a digital design. It takes about 15 hours for the machine to print out the flute. After some additional assembly, the flute is ready to play.

RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:

Today's last word in business is magic flute.

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

MONTAGNE: Musician Seth Hunter tried it out and comments on this video posted online.

SETH HUNTER: So it sounds perfect in terms of the acoustics. If you just stick some of the keys matching together, I think this thing will feel good.

STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

That's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

Copyright © 2011 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at www.npr.org for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by Verb8tm, Inc., an NPR contractor, and produced using a proprietary transcription process developed with NPR. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.