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In this project we will reverse engineer a mystical part of the saxophone: the mouthpiece. Focused on optimizing the acoustic properties, this includes making CT-scans, parametric modeling and high-grade metal printing. You will autonomously contact several experts and well known (jazz)musicians. Experience with reed or woodwind instruments is preferred! (Expert: Zjenja Doubrovski)

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Scanning the mouthpieces

Tuesday oktober 4

 After the interview on tuesday Louise and Luuk headed with Jouke Verlinden and Leo van Oostrom to the CiTG building. We were expected by ing. Wim Verwaal who was going to help us with the scanning. First we got a short tour around the geo-engineering building which ended at the office room of Wim Verwaal where the X-ray scanner, we where going to use, was located.

 Leo van Oostrom brought 2 mouthpieces with him, one made of hard rubber and one made of metal. According to Wim Verwaal the metal mouth piece would be more difficult to scan than the hard rubber piece, so we decided to scan the hard rubber piece first.

In order to scan, the X-ray scanner must clab the object you want to scan. We decided to clab the mouthpiece by the shank (which is the part where the mouthpiece is connected to the saxophone). After all, we’re not really interested in that part of the mouthpiece. But that is the reason why the mouthpieces on the scans are looking a bit short.

When all the parameters where set the scanning could begin. It took about an hour to print, first a fast one and later a more detailed one. When that was done, Wim Verwaal told us to that he would also try to scan the metal mouthpiece on Wednesday but he wasn’t sure it would work. We were told to come back Thursday to collect the data.

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