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Saxophone & Clarinet Reeds

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Saxophone & Clarinet Reeds by wierd101 Feb 4, 2013

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3D Printed Sax and Clarinet Reeds!

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nice, I will give it a shot and let you know how it goes.I usually keep my plate very level; I use a dial indicator to keep it trued up and print on a glass build plate. My machine is a replicator 2
Thanks for letting me know how you're going with them :)To date, i've only had multiple test runs on the baritone reeds, hence the 4 versions of it. Within a batch of ten, there can still be minor variations if the build platform isn't level, or bubbles form, so expect to trial a few if you think you are getting close.The models i have uploaded are pretty close to No. 2 reeds in shape, though there is a fair chance that i got them wrong, not having tested afterwards.You will probably need to reduce the thickness of the reed towards the base to get them working. To save on time, I am about to upload a new version of the alto reed for you to try out. I can probably re-model the remaining reeds as well, based on what i've learned with the baritone reed. It only takes a few minutes to modify them (when the model works the way it should - creo can either take a couple of minutes or hours, rarely anything in between), so i will give the rest a shot this weekend.
Well, I tried making a couple reeds for my Alto sax yesterday, results were less than stellar.Printed anywhere from 6 to 8 shells. at 100% infill, layer heights ranging from .08 to .05
straight off the machine, none of them made a sound, with some sanding, they started to work, but the instrument was horribly out of tune, only about half the notes would sound correct, while others would result in squeaks or be transposed way too high.I reworked the .STL, making the thickness and taper closer to that of a natural 2 1/2 reed, and it produced better results (sounded correct on the mouthpiece when installed on the mouthpiece, but as soon as the mouthpiece was set on the instrument, honking and out of tune. even with further sanding and tuning, I couldn't get any of them to sound right; I tried just sanding the bottom of the reed, changing the top profile, nothing worked.I may try again today, I'll thoroughly map a natural reed's profile with a set of calipers, and try again to match the dimensions to what you've made, and try to get it to work.They look right, but don't sound right. This is a bummer, since polymer reeds do exist, but are very expensive. If I could 3D print them, it would be very worthwhile.I know some people have had success with the clarinet reeds,maybe I will look into how that was designed for comparison.

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These are still to be tested, so if anyone gets a chance, post it in the comments. I've printed them successfully @0.08mm layers on my replicator, with PLA (ABS not yet attempted, though warping will likely occur). I also suggest increasing the number of shells to 10 or more, this will help hold the tip together, only 0.25mm thick.

Update 23/2: The MK1 with a bit of material removal is providing a very large range (A2-Eb6 I think) on the baritone. Will determine the ideal model and upload soon. I've also uploaded a short demonstration of the sound (more of a sharp edgy sound, just showing the range).

Update 6/4: I've uploaded a few new ones, along with an updated version of the Baritone. Included are the Soprano, Alto & Tenor reeds for saxophone, and normal and bass Clarinet reeds. As before, these haven't been tested properly yet, but i've increased the thickness to a standard 0.5mm so that you can sand them down a bit. Prints seem to work best with PLA, ABS will lift up too much and make a rough surface. PLA is also easier to sand down if needed. If you need higher resolution STL's, let me know.
nice, I will give it a shot and let you know how it goes.I usually keep my plate very level; I use a dial indicator to keep it trued up and print on a glass build plate. My machine is a replicator 2
Well, I tried making a couple reeds for my Alto sax yesterday, results were less than stellar.Printed anywhere from 6 to 8 shells. at 100% infill, layer heights ranging from .08 to .05
straight off the machine, none of them made a sound, with some sanding, they started to work, but the instrument was horribly out of tune, only about half the notes would sound correct, while others would result in squeaks or be transposed way too high.I reworked the .STL, making the thickness and taper closer to that of a natural 2 1/2 reed, and it produced better results (sounded correct on the mouthpiece when installed on the mouthpiece, but as soon as the mouthpiece was set on the instrument, honking and out of tune. even with further sanding and tuning, I couldn't get any of them to sound right; I tried just sanding the bottom of the reed, changing the top profile, nothing worked.I may try again today, I'll thoroughly map a natural reed's profile with a set of calipers, and try again to match the dimensions to what you've made, and try to get it to work.They look right, but don't sound right. This is a bummer, since polymer reeds do exist, but are very expensive. If I could 3D print them, it would be very worthwhile.I know some people have had success with the clarinet reeds,maybe I will look into how that was designed for comparison.
Thanks for letting me know how you're going with them :)To date, i've only had multiple test runs on the baritone reeds, hence the 4 versions of it. Within a batch of ten, there can still be minor variations if the build platform isn't level, or bubbles form, so expect to trial a few if you think you are getting close.The models i have uploaded are pretty close to No. 2 reeds in shape, though there is a fair chance that i got them wrong, not having tested afterwards.You will probably need to reduce the thickness of the reed towards the base to get them working. To save on time, I am about to upload a new version of the alto reed for you to try out. I can probably re-model the remaining reeds as well, based on what i've learned with the baritone reed. It only takes a few minutes to modify them (when the model works the way it should - creo can either take a couple of minutes or hours, rarely anything in between), so i will give the rest a shot this weekend.
Just found this, you are a lifesaver!
Will give it a shot on my Alto sax and let you know how it works!
Hi, can you please make a stl of the Bb clarinet reed? Currently there is only a stp file.
Thanks!
Fret not, the bass clarinet reed is there, labelled bass_clarinet_mark_1.stl. I hope this is the one you are after. Also, as i have mentioned previously, you may have to sand it down a little. Most of the models are based on the original no. 2 reeds (or as near to them as i could get), so if you would like me to alter the model for improvements, or even if you have a reed that i have not yet uploaded, take some measurements and send them to me.
Hi! I printed out the Alto Sax reed. It didn't work on my jazz mouthpiece but I will try it out on my classical. I'll also need to sand it down a little! Thanks!
I printed the clarinett reed.

The sound results are quite good.
My daughter like playing with it .
I am trying to improve the sound sanding it.
I shall send you soon the results
What settings did you use? I plan to print one for my saxophone.
Try using 100% infill, finest layers you can print with. PLA seems to work better for me for 0.07mm layers. I haven't had a chance to test and update the reeds yet, so you'll still have to sand them down a little to get better tuning.
I only have PLA so I need to figure out how to make them work with it. Thanks for the reply anyway!
I used about 10 layer wall thickness just to keep the transition profile smoother. You should experiment with different densities to see if you can alter it to your liking.
Could you upload a model with them laying flat? thanks.
Done. Let me know how they work out :)
Hi wierd, i printed a tenor reed, but there's a lot of sanding needed before getting ny sound. In what software do you make these models? i would like to help developing a printable reed. can you send a stp file of the reed you made?
I've uploaded step files of each reed. I work in Creo, so I can get get a lot of control over the curves, but because i'm sending the reeds to my Dad to be tested, it might take him a couple of months to get around to trying it out. He has noted a few issues with this batch, but i'm not sure if it's a model issue or to do with my printing. I also made these thicker so that they can be sanded down. I should also point out that PLA does not respond well to being placed in hot water. It goes a bit wrinkly. Hope you get some good results :)
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