Solid Vibration: music can now be 3D printed into ceramics objects

Two designers have created a new app for 3D printing sounds into solid objects. The project is called Solid Vibration.

In the last few years 3D printers have been used in a variety of ways, mostly thanks to the introduction of new technologies that use a number of materials that differ in physical and chemical properties. The numerous and potentially infinite fields to which 3D printers can be applied now include that of sound design.


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Ceramic objects © Studio Van Broekhoven


The Studio Van Broekhoven, indeed, has created a 3D printer that can produce ceramic sculptures with very particular patterns: the printer captures vibrations and sound waves and transfers them to ceramics, creating what the inventors defined as sound ceramics.

The project is entitled Solid Vibration and is the result of the collaboration of two Dutch artists that have a weakness for new digital technologies: sound designer Ricky van Broekhven and industrial designer Olivier Van Herpt. The two artists have mounted a loudspeaker below the printing platform and the vibrations and sounds have then influenced the printing process giving the ceramic objects a new texture.

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The new “sound printer” has been used to create new solid physical representations of “noisescapes”: so far, abstract sounds have been used exclusively but we can’t rule out the possibility that in the future we will be able to produce objects with our favourite songs.


As Olivier van Herpt explians in his site:

A moment in time, a song, a sound, they can now become objects that encapsulate the moment forever.


Since 2012, the Studio Van Broekhoven specialised in projects where sound and music exceeds the exclusive perception with merely our ears: it is a laboratory where to explore natural forces and processes to create unique immersive environments.


Cover photo: © Dirk van den Heuvel

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