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Make Music Using 3D Printed Musical Instruments!

  • UCA's Makerspace 250 Donaghey Avenue Conway, AR, 72034 United States (map)

A Tabor pipe is a tin whistle with only 3 holes (thus, playable with one hand). Ordinary straight Tabor pipes are upwards of 270mm long, a true Tabor has the 3rd hole on the bottom, a little CAD work should enable you to add that option.

Blowing in the mouthpiece starts a resonant wave in the pipe.  Students will experiment on their own. Ear protection is recommended. Closing the finger holes makes the pipe longer and the frequency lower.  Note how blowing harder can change the resonance from a(n approximate) quarter wavelength to a half wavelength, doubling the frequency in the same length pipe.

Playing two identical pipes with slightly different pressures will vary the resonant frequencies enough to demonstrate beat frequencies.

Takeway: Each student will leave with their own 3D Printed Tabor instrument!

Cost: Free

Ages: 8-15

Duration: 2 hours


4:30p – Students will arrive at the Makerspace

4:45 – We will describe the project and give the history behind the Tabor

5:00 – Students will learn how different the instrument sounds depending on how many holes the Tabor has

5:15 – We will demonstrate TinkerCad.  And also demonstrate how to open the model, add or remove

holes for the sound, and how to save a file to print.

5:30 – Learn how the 3D printer works

6:00 – Students will each receive their own Tabor and play with it

6:15 – Each student will have the opportunity to come to the front of the class and show off their skills!

6:30 – Class ends.

Earlier Event: September 8
JA Accelerate 2017
Later Event: September 12
Engrave Your Own Cutting Board!