Thanks to a function by Prusament because it makes use of their filament, we have been intrigued to study about the SongBird turntable from the British outfit Frame Principle (Take note: at time of composing, they have an expired certification). It’s a industrial product with an attention-grabbing twist for the Hi-Fi business enterprise: acquire the accomplished turntable or buy a package of areas and print the rest oneself.
We’re often interested to see new items right here at Hackaday but we’re not in the business of selling professional solutions with out a tech angle. This turntable has us intrigued then not because it takes place to be 3D printed but since it is promptly lifted our curiosity around how appropriate 3D printing is as a medium for a large excellent audio element. With no descending into audiophile silliness we are not able to overstate the outcome that rigidity and mass of turntable factors has on its audio high quality. Consider a glimpse at this one we highlighted in the past for an serious case in point.
So looking more intently at the design, we discover that the chassis is aluminium, which would make sense specified its visibly slender development. Shut examination of the photographs on their site also reveals the tonearm to be manufactured of carbon fibre tube, so it is obvious that they’ve put some energy into earning a far better turntable somewhat than a novelty one. This does elevate the query while: manufacturing practicalities apart could you 3D print the whole matter? We assume that a 3D printed chassis could switch the aluminium one at the price of a lot more bulk and reduction of the svelte appears to be like, but what about the tonearm? Would one particular of the carbon-fibre-infused filaments deliver sufficient stiffness? It would be significantly exciting we believe, ended up somebody to consider.