The architects at Monad Studio hope to disrupt the musical instrument industry—by way of 3-D printers. The studio recently unveiled a series of 3-D printed instruments, and CNBC had a Juilliard-trained musician, David Heiss, test out the cello.
Heiss, a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and principal cellist at the New York Pops, warmed slowly but surely to the 3-D printed instrument.
"You can get all kinds of sound effects, space-age things," Heiss said. "It's tomorrow's sound world I think, and it's really an amazing feat to come across something like this and play it."
The cello is one of five instrument prototypes designed and printed by Monad Studio. In addition to the cello, designers Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg unveiled a violin and an electric bass guitar-like monobarasitar on Friday at MecklerMedia's Inside 3-D Printing Conference in New York. The two other instruments, a small didgeridoo and hornucopia (large didgeridoo), were still being printed and assembled at the time of the conference.
Goldemberg and Zalcberg print the instruments using a MakerBot Replicator Z18 and PLA plastic. Three separately printed pieces make up the cello, which took 10 days to complete.
The instruments were designed in collaboration with musician/luthier Scott F. Hall.