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3D Printed Vinyl Records

Pocket-Lint reports “developer Amanda Ghassaei,” who is “known for her algorithm that converts audio data into 3D geometry data…has subsequently used that algorithm to manufacture 3D vinyl records.”

These include “singles from artists like Nirvana, Pixies, Daft Punk, and Radiohead.  More recently, the track Down Boy, performed by Bobbie Gordon…was put onto a 3D printed vinyl record using [Ghassaei’s] algorithm.”

Created using an Objet500 Connex 3D printer, the disc was set at 600 dpi, “with 16 micron steps.  Gordon recently performed the tune at a launch party for the world’s first 3D printing record store, where the limited-edition, 3D printed version of her track went up for sale.”

Pocket-Lint went on to explain that “although 3D printed albums are thicker and stiffer and sound horrible when compared to vinyl records, you must think of all this as a stepping stone of sorts.  The technology to produce 3D objects is still new and will likely be honed over time.  Maybe one day it’ll be responsible for the full comeback of vinyl records.”

Photo and Quotes Courtesy of Pocket-Lint   

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