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3D-printed records are still in the future, listen to what one sounds like currently

3D printed vinyl records are possible, though the quality not quite up to snuff yet

Trace Hagan | Dec 31, 2012 at 4:31 pm CST (0 mins, 45 secs time to read)

Vinyl records are making a comeback, so one Instructables editor decided to try and print his own at home using a 3D printer. Using Processing, he wrote a program to convert digital audio into 3D models. The 3D model was then printed using a high-resolution 3D printer with plastic material.

3D-printed records are still in the future, listen to what one sounds like currently | TweakTown.com

The 12-inch record is playable on a standard record player, but it won't sound very good. The issue is that the current 3D printers don't have a high enough resolution to capture the nuances contained in even decent sounding MP3s. The printers also leave a grainy residue or texture on the surface, which interferes with the needle.

It's impressive, from a technical standpoint, what Instructables editor Ghassaei was able to do. Just don't be expecting to pirate vinyl records quite yet.

You can check out the audio in the video embedded in the original source, linked below.

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