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Welp, The World's First Commercially Available 3D-Printed Record Is...

Posted by - 09:02 AM on 05/29/14
Following in the footsteps of that 3D-printed record we saw earlier this year, Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke will collaborate with vocalist Bobbie Gordon to record a single for charity that will be "pressed" onto 3D-printed records. This will happen at a pop-up shop in London this December. Check out more info here.
It hasn’t taken long, but here we are, staring down the barrel of the first ever commercially released 3D printed record. Earlier this year researcher Amanda Ghassaei sent a series of (somewhat distorted) shockwaves around the music industry when she posted instructions and prototypes of the first ever 3D printed record onto the open source blog Instructables.

Although the quality of the audio was low, New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ still rang true behind the layers of synthetic fuzz, opening up a series of possibilities that had the potential to be nothing short of revolutionary. Speaking to The Vinyl Factory at the time however, Ghassaei played down the potential impact of her research:

“I’m not sure any of these ideas will ever overtake the current industrial processes that are used to create vinyl. I think the appeal of these techniques is for DIYers to get to experiment with the process by creating their own custom one-offs.”
 
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09:05 AM on 05/29/14
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when can i 3D print Kele Okereke to play songs for me in my house
09:06 AM on 05/29/14
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Pressed onto 3D printed records? This doesn't make sense.
09:07 AM on 05/29/14
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I think I will just stick to buying vinyl.
09:09 AM on 05/29/14
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when can i 3D print Kele Okereke to play songs for me in my house
RT
09:15 AM on 05/29/14
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I'm not a vinyl collector but I fucking want this
09:22 AM on 05/29/14
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Pressed onto 3D printed records? This doesn't make sense.
how so
09:22 AM on 05/29/14
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Pressed onto 3D printed records? This doesn't make sense.
it's like creating a 3D-printed toy, or a 3D-printed...doorknob or something.
09:28 AM on 05/29/14
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Pressed onto 3D printed records? This doesn't make sense.

He's saying that pressing a 3D-printed disc is the same as pressing a disc produced normally, and it isn't very impressive to know that the vinyl was shaped into a flat circle with a 3D printer instead of a mold.

But I think the idea here is that the full product, grooves and all, was printed in one go. No actual "pressing" going on... right?

Edit: Yeah if you watch the video or read the article you can see it's printed ready to play:
09:35 AM on 05/29/14
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Pressed onto 3D printed records? This doesn't make sense.
They're not pressed, they're only printed.
09:44 AM on 05/29/14
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When are we expected to be able to have consumer-ready 3D printers by, again?
09:49 AM on 05/29/14
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I thought this was done last year ? They had a 3D Printer in the middle of London or something making these ?

I wish it was a new Bloc Party record....
09:59 AM on 05/29/14
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When I first glanced at this thread, I thought "Welp" was the brand name of the 3D printer...
10:03 AM on 05/29/14
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Would this get costs down or just be pretty cool? I love if someday you can make vinyl just like burning a CD.
10:11 AM on 05/29/14
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so a few artists have done this already, and they all sound terrible.

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