Inventor Henry Hanson wanted to create a trumpet unlike any other, and what he came up with was a block of concrete, literally. This fully-functional musical instrument was handcrafted from a single block of concrete, but the building process included several technologies that many are familiar with, including creating a virtual model and a 3D printer. Once a prototype was complete, finishing touches were added with wood and concrete.
What you hear is the sound of the vibrations in the air contained within the trumpet, proving that brass pipes aren’t required. The finished object measures 18 x 18 x 18 cm, or is basically a concrete cube, that weighs in at 26.5-pounds. Hanson hopes that the lessons learned in this project could be used for future concrete creations using computational design.
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There’s something delightful and surprising about a trumpet in a cube of concrete. I’ve wanted to create it for years, and only recently got the technology and capability,” said Hanson.