Autodesk Research and Dartmouth College researchers developed a fascinating project: they designed and 3D printed free-form wind instruments with a tool they call the Printone. Printone gives people the ability to create functional musical wind instruments out of fun 3D shapes. Free-form instrument design is normally pretty difficult, because of the complex relationship between geometry and resonance. The 3D user interface for Printone is made up of geometric editing tools, used to place the finger holes and the fipple (mouthpiece). Read more at