While the technology isn’t quite there just yet — the records sound awful at about 1/4th of the quality of a low bitrate MP3 — higher resolution printing technologies could one day make it possible to download schematics from the Internet and have a 3-D printer create flawless, perfect-sounding records with ease.
For her part, Ghassaei gave a nod to that seemingly inevitable future by sharing the raw files for her schematics with users of The Pirate Bay and 3-D printing website 123D gallery.
Although 3-D printing isn’t quite a common consumer technology just yet, prices on some of the best selling creation kits have fallen in recent years from tens of thousands of dollars to just a $800-$900 for some of the cheaper, lower-resolution printers. One of the most popular 3-D printers for small-time enthusiasts right now is the MakerBot Replicator 2, which typically sells new for around $2,200. It likely isn’t advanced enough be able to print out records, however.
This video is from Wired, published Thursday, December 20, 2012.
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