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#1 2021-06-01 18:13:40

Registered: 2006-03-23
Posts: 3,295

3D Printing Musical Instruments on the Mars colony.

Music is good for Good Spirits and Morale, it can also be good to mark events, anniversary or celebration. Gemini astronauts sang 'Jingle Bells' with a Harmonica and a Bell, Apollo astronauts have sang inside their spacesuits on the Moon. In a space Colony your first music builder, your instrument make is going to be some kind of robot machine. Woods and Plastics and Minerals produced in a Space Dome will become important items for building in the Colony but they could also be used for music building material.

A Guitar has gone on the MIR, tape cassettes were played on Skylab, the Voyager Golden Record has many songs from many different world cultures, Elon Musk's more recent launch of the Tesla Roadster Car into space had old Woodstock SpaceRace Era songs on its radio. The music instruments have gone to the Shuttle and the ISS. Chris Hadfield explained challenge of playing a guitar in zero gravity on the International Space Station, the video went viral and was world famous across world news media. A harmonica or guitar will be expensive to launch to space, a drum or bass or bell will be expensive so what if there was a facility that could make instruments in space or on a Mars colony? Would your Mars or Moon made instrument sound the same or as good as one made on Earth? Ellen Ochos played the flute in space, NASA Astronaut Cady Coleman played a flute space she is also known for losing her flute on the ISS. A type of Plastic Bagpipes was played on the Space station, I believe a Japanese free reed sho musical instrument was played in space I dont know much about this instrument I believe it is similar to an old Chinese polyphonic instrument, I don't know if it does 'chords'. It was intended Ronald McNair would record a Blues Saxophone Solo in space but he died onboard the Challenger, an improvised Australian aboriginal wind instrument known as a didgeridoo was also played in space.

The strings on Bass guitar launched into space are going to cost something like $10,000 US Dollars (USD) to $25,000 USD per kilogram ($4,500 to $11,000 USD per pound). I believe China wants to send a Rover that will test using Material from the Lunar Soil to Print stuff, establish a 3D printing technology on the Lunar Surface, China is also on Mars with a Robotic Rover. International Space Station’s 3-D Printer, Italy and ESA already designed a 3-D model Printer prints with biodegradable and harmless plastic. I have Listened to 3D-printed string instruments not in person but online, odd 3D printed string looking instruments being played they sound bizarre they dont sound Orchestra like, more electronic pop instruments or rock guitars with reverb and fx pedals unlike your normal Violin or Cello which made good or bad will always sound like genuine carved wooden stringed instruments.

The 3D Printed Electric Guitar sounds good to my ears but I'm not sure if these were edited playing with some post production audio engineering tricks to make it sound even better. The 3-D printed Sax back on Earth kind of sounds like a real Saxophone but like anything the more complex the more difficult it is to print, the buttons, valves, the levers, all which makes it a more difficult instrument to reproduce any kind of 3-D printed air leakages can sound pretty annoying. If you were to print a Reed or Wood type or Flute or Blown instrument it would probably first be a simple design. You can now 3D Print just about anything if your software and measurement and design is correct, a Programmable Musical Instrument for example. Horns could be 3-D printed, Speakers printed, Headphones printed. Your percussion sections the Steel Drums can be Printed with Turkish Greek type and Chinese cymbals printed. You could 3-D print a Plastic-Polymer type Guitar but this instrument may not sound 'Acoustically Good'.

It might be possible to Grow different type of Plant Tree material for instruments in space, a new genetically engineered type of Tree on the Moon or Mars that is similar to your Ash, Mahogany, Bamboo, Koa, Maple, Oak, Indian/Brazilian Rosewood, Walnut, Alder...the space colony when established, the colony might not have time to waste for letting slow trees grow, quick growing type of Bamboo, Birch type plants the Poplar, Cyprus, Pea family, Roots and Vines might be engineered into new species for even faster growing. A different type of wood might be important for colony construction material but also give your instrument more Body, better tone, more attack, woods that are durable resonant or some other needed musicality quality. Plants, Foods and Trees inside a Biodome on Mars and the Moon will grow very different to the way they grow on Earth. Simple types of instruments without complex parts like Ukulele or the Ocarina could possibly be 3-D printed on the Moon and Mars very soon. These days Scientists now take a step closer to growing fake wood in a Lab, perhaps combos of cells and chemicals, cellulose, hemicelluloses, and maybe lignin.

See also Painting/Sculpture
Art and psychological good health on Mars...
'Culture, craft and art on Mars'

Last edited by Mars_B4_Moon (2021-06-01 18:32:57)


#2 2021-06-01 18:29:16

From: New Hampshire
Registered: 2004-07-22
Posts: 25,960

Re: 3D Printing Musical Instruments on the Mars colony.

I can see any of the wind instruments being with in the reach of any of the 3D technologies and materials to make them. Its one thing to use and excess lot of materials to make them its another that for materials that are destine to be made into things we need....

exports of a "Made on Mars" comes to mind to sell for more materials and other things that colonists would need and want...


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