Artist uses Audacity, GIMP, Processing to create 3D printed jewelry

Artist uses Audacity, GIMP, Processing to create 3D printed jewelry

Dot Silverman, an independent designer and a student research assistant at Pomona College, made an interesting use of free software: creating jewelry in shape of 3D-printed waveforms.

The workflow she came up with involves:

  • recording her voice in Audacity and saving it to MP3;
  • using an app in Processing to generate a PNG file out of that MP3;
  • creating an SVG file out of that PNG with GIMP (fuzzy selection + conversion of the selection to a path);
  • using Autodesk's Fusion 360 to create the jewelry model out of the SVG and print it.

Here's obligatory video:

The point of this exercise is exploring, what kind of interesting personalized things you can make with easily accessible tools, not using libre software as much as possible. However, since the output file format is basically the good old STL, one could easily adopt the workflow and replace Fusion 360 with either Blender or FreeCAD (or even OpenSCAD).

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  1. Yep, last step (it looks) is just a rotate extrude over 360 degrees. Could be done in any 3d CAD software.

  2. This a cute video. She was using open source software. I don’t think anyone did a better job as to transmute an audio wave form into a physical object as in this video:
    Benga - I Will Never Change:

  3. I’d like to know how much this would cost in retail. Those printers aren’t cheap from what it sounds, and these things are always limited to people with special access.

  4. Alexandre Prokoudine 05 September 2014 at 9:01 pm

    Welcome to then :)

  5. In a few years when 3D printers really become publicly accessible, economy will go to hell. In 10 years, Chinese people will start scanning cars and printing them for 5% of original price :)