Olaf Diegel is a professor of mechatronics at Massey University of Auckland, a music lover, and a 3D printing enthusiast. In the ultimate merger of passions, Olaf has spent the past several years creating a 3D printed drum kit and several 3D printed guitars using our SLS technology. Most recently, Olaf has risen to the challenge of 3DS CEO Avi Reichental by creating a working alto saxophone, which distinguishes itself from Olaf’s previous creations through the intricacy of its function

Olaf spent weeks examining and measuring the parts of his traditional saxophone as he designed his 3D model. Once completed on screen, it was time to put his design to the test. The saxophone was printed in nylon powder on our sPro 230 3D printer. And? It works!

Satisfied with his proof of concept and achievement in creating the world’s first 3D printed saxophone, Olaf plans to produce a second design that taps deeper into the capabilities of 3D printing. The next iteration will move away from assembled internals and instead integrate springs as part of the instrument keys. And now that the mechanics are all worked out, Olaf intends to have a little more fun with the aesthetics.

To hear what a 3D printed saxophone sounds like, check out the video below, and click here to find out more about Olaf’s plans for future versions.