Jake Middleton-Metcalfe Posted October 29, 2011 Share Posted October 29, 2011 Hi there people, I haven't posted here in a while but I have just stumbled upon something that I feel is really quite important to the concertina making world and and indeed .... the whole world. I had a very interesting lecture yesterday about 3d printing and cnc cutting and various computer aided design and cutting technologies such as laser cutting. For those unfamiliar with these methods basically these technologies allow you to create a 3d models on a computer and then a machine simply makes the object. -CNC can cut wood incredibly precisely, here is a video: this could make all the wooden parts of a concertina if you had the computer file -you could laser cut yourself metal ends if you had the computer file - also you could do the action mechanism -most amazing of all is 3d printing. Here is a video of a flute someone printed on a 3d printer: What has this to do with concertinas? Well there are many places that will make your 3d computer file a real object for a small fee. It would only take someone to put a concertina part file public and everyone could very cheaply and easily make most of a concertina by making the parts and then putting them together. The reeds and the bellows would be the only hard part I suppose probably having to be purchased. It would be like getting most of a concertina kit (the wooden and most of the metal parts) for very cheap. The thing is these technologies are becoming more and more available, indeed 3d printers are becoming a consumer product. This could effect concertina makers in a similar way that file sharing on the internet has effected the selling of music. A lot. Its not just concertinas, indeed the toy industry must be scared stiff at the thought of a world where you can pretty much print out any shape, requiring files that could be shared on the interned like music is.. 3d printers becoming a household item will probably effect the economy worldwide. Imagine a world where instead of buying .... well most things, you instead downloaded a file and printed it. here is an example: though these inventions effect many things I would like this thread to be about how they effect concertinas, the concertina market and makers. Discuss Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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