Scott Summit: 3d printing of musical instruments

Wed, 01/09/2013 - 5:15pm - 7:00pm
CCRMA Classroom, The Knoll 2nd floor, Rm 217
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 3D printing stands to change the way we create, enabling a new perspective on the design of traditional products and processes.  We can envision a day when instruments may be co-created by the end-user, and 'printed' on demand.  The ability to create shapes, unrestricted by the fabrication process, offers an instrument designer opportunity to 'design' the sound of their choice, potentially realizing entirely new forms.  Summit will present the 3D printed acoustic guitar, and explain the research behind it, and the opportunities that a mass-customized model may offer.


Scott Summit seeks to connect complex human needs with design and technology solutions. To this end, he founded Bespoke Innovations in 2010, based on 20 years of experience and research in design and additive fabrication.  Bespoke was founded on the simple idea that an integrated approach that connects design, medicine and new technology stands to offer more meaningful and individualized solutions to address a wide variety of human needs.  As a designer, his clients have included Apple, Nike, Palm, Silicon Graphics, and other innovations-oriented companies large and small.  His designs have earned international recognition including top honors from the IDSA, IDEA, The Chicago Athenaeum, IGood Design, and Core77.  Summit holds over 20 design and utility patents and has held faculty positions at Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon, and currently holds a faculty position at Singularity University.  He has spoken at TEDx Cambridge, the Vanguard Lecture Series, the Summit Series, Stanford’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders series and keynoted at Autodesk University.  Bespoke was acquired by 3D Systems in May of 2012, and now drives its medical solutions research.
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