Left Field Labs creates custom, 3D-printed music box that plays your tune
Left Field Labs' Music Drop is an integration of design of traditional music box and modern 3D printing technology. "We wanted to recreate the playfulness of a music box with a custom element." says Left Field Labs. It lets you design and create your own music box through a simple web interface. You just have to create a song loop and Left Field Labs will print out a music box that plays your tune.
Since the 18th century, people have embraced the charm of the music box – a compact music player originally built on the mechanics and tradition of artisan watchmaking. Seemingly antiquated but somehow timeless, we especially loved this handheld application of the technologies of the time, all in an effort to create a very human moment of delight. We are all about using technology to help humans be, well, more human, and so we updated this small device with some of the emerging technologies of our time. We wanted to create a modern day adaptation to put tech and cheer right in your hand.
To get started, Left Field Labs broke down a few "Amazing Grace" music boxes to understand the physical mechanics. With a Makerbot 3D printer, they quickly figured out the inner mechanics through speedy prototyping. Then they began designing the outer shell in consideration of the constraints of the 3D printer. They created a shell that was sturdy enough to resonate, and shaped to amplify the volume. The final design is partially open so you are able to see the custom disk and gears in action.