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Hear the Jurassic Park theme played on a 3D printer
The humming and buzzing of a 3D printer might not sound like music to your ears, but with a little vocal coaching your Makerbot can sing with the best of ’em. Okay, maybe not quite the best, although with a few tweaks you can at least tune that racket into something resembling a recognisable melody.
The melody in this case is John Williams’ much-loved Jurassic Park theme, converted from a basic MIDI file into a g-code that’s compatible with machine tools. The melody was then isolated and programmed for the X and Y axes of the printer, which in turn played the familiar motif. As you might expect, the initial conversion was less than perfect, but with a few hours of fiddling in Garageband the singing 3D printer was hitting all the right notes. Well, most of them anyway.
Inspired by a classic printer hack which played the E1M1 music from DOOM (What did we tell you, it’s the game that time won’t forget), creator Andrew Sink posted the g-code on his blog for you to try at home. Although, “fiddle with it at your own risk,” he advises, because it wasn’t easy to get right.