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3D Printers Give New Life to Old Recordings
1/18/2013

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National Museum of American History curator Carlene Stephens examines a glass disc recording containing the audio of a male voice repeating 'Mary had a little lamb' twice, made more than 100 years ago in Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Lab.   (Source: Rich Strauss, Smithsonian)
National Museum of American History curator Carlene Stephens examines a glass disc recording containing the audio of a male voice repeating "Mary had a little lamb" twice, made more than 100 years ago in Alexander Graham Bell's Volta Lab.
(Source: Rich Strauss, Smithsonian)

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Elizabeth M
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Cool application of this technology
Elizabeth M   1/21/2013 4:52:03 AM
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It's one thing to replicate auto parts--it's another to revive history! That's a very cool application of this technology. And as an avid music lover who misses that scratch of vinyl, the idea that this could breathe new life into records also is appealing.

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mrdon   1/20/2013 7:32:58 PM
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Greg, I agree. The videos showing the reproduced record were pretty impressive. The phonograph player reminded me of my Close and Play toy I had as a child. The limits of 3D printing applications are truly limited by one's imagination. Cool article Cabe!

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Greg M. Jung   1/18/2013 11:12:45 PM
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As 3D printing technology continues to become more and more available, imaginative uses like this will continue to pop up.  Very interesting use of technology.

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Voyager Disc
tekochip   1/18/2013 5:17:29 PM
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Who knows, maybe in a few thousand years some being will use the same process to read the golden disc on Voyager. 
Seriously though, I wonder what other lost reproductions can be recovered with a similar process.


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