Designers of all strips and colours are producing a lot of interesting plastic-extruded work lately, especially where sound and 3D printing intersect. Here are a few things that have popped up recently worth a mention and a listen.

The Vibe

3D printing and iPhone case makers have been working hand-in-hand for the past few years. Now, you can take your favourite songs, turn them into visual waveforms and 3D print them as an iPhone case! The Vibe is a partnership between Shapeways and SoundCloud. Apparently if you use a Nickleback song, it looks like a coil of poo.

The iVictrola

Is that an iPhone? Nope, its a Gramaphone! Well, not quite. It’s the iVictrola and you can find it on Shapeways right here. It’s retro-vintage-throwback item #4,000,000, and it is so cool. At first one thinks the iVictrola is a speaker incased in a retro-vintage-throwback case. Not so! Rather, it amplifies the iPhone speakers via the horn. Original Gramophones of the late 19th and early 20th Century had very weak speaker output, hence the massive horn. The iVictrola was made this way for the same reason, to amplify the sound just like cupping your hands over your mouth to yell louder.

The Ultimaker Scream

Speaking of which. If you feel the urge to yell loudly you ought to make your way to Rabobank HQ in Utrecht, Netherlands. Alicia Framis has built a sound booth that will record your screams and turn them into a handy .stl file. This ‘cup’ is sent to an Ultimaker and 3D prints your frustrations right front of your gaping mouth.

Fellow curator Joris van Tubergen:

“This could be the start of a new type of art: Production Art. Every 20 minutes the installation produces unique objects on site. Art pieces by Alicia Framis, but with an intervention of yourself: The form of the piece of is based on your scream.”

They say Art is a great way to vent your rage – I can think of one more way.

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