Updated 12 Hole Ocarina

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Updated 12 Hole Ocarina by RobSoundtrack Jan 13, 2018
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Update: heres a sample video lol

I really loved the source ocarina by nimaid!

I wanted to update the instrument to make the top end more playable (high notes) without losing tone in the midrange, as it was beautiful in that area.

The voicing window, labium edge, and airway were updated to allow easy high notes, then dialed back some to regain most of the timbre that nimaid was able to create from this awesome thing.

After much reading, trial, and error, it turns out the answer wasn't too far from the original design afterall.

That's not to say I wouldn't refine this more in the future.

If you make one, please post it up!

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I print mine at .2 layers, 100% infill (personal pref) on esun PLA pro.
Have gone as rough as .4 layers, 20% infill, 1.8mm walls with success.
Just keep a good wall size.

Print vertically, to match the thingiverse preview.

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I have tried to print this three times, but without success.. i have tried different support types, but at some point it fails =(

Thats not good! Are you printing it in the same orientation (vertical)? What is the failure, maybe i can help

Yes, I'm Printing it vertical.. but it seems that the support is not strong enough... :(. Should I try horizontal?

I dont think so, it hasnt been tested that way either. I woyld try slicing until the sulport is strong enough. Use a raft too if you have to.

My first attempt at this fell over. I was sad. going to try again.

Good luck! Hope you get it

Painters tape solved the problem for me. But later on, I sought the help of Elmer.

Ocarina plays great. I've already learned a few songs on it.

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do you know what note this is tuned to? I just made one currently sanding it then a couple coats of polyurethane

any chance of a tenor or soprano remix?

If I recall correctly, it is intended to be a C ocarina, but my makes always fall between like C and C#
I will have to take a tuner to it again.
That urethane finish sounds awesome and I'm always looking to see others finish work!
If you posted it as a make afterwards that would be amazing!!
I have always wanted a tenor one, but I'm not positive I'm the guy for the job- maybe one day

On the full size one I am having trouble keeping my finger covering the left hand with the double hole, would slightly smaller holes change the sound much?

Just posted, also I am having some troubles with the higher notes. Do you have the stl files of the other version where you said the high notes were better?

Looks awesome, can't wait for the print to complete.
I had to scale down to 80% for it to fit on my print bed... do you think it will throw off the pitch?
Also... that base is cool... do you have that posted somewhere?

Hey hey! It will certainly make it higher pitch.
Theoretically, yes it would affect the intonation as well; I would have to do some math but I think the best thing to do is try it out.
I would say try it out (and let me know what happens plz!!)
The thing I'm concerned most with is the windway/fipple being scaled down, but again- I'm curious to see.

The holder is not mine, you can get it here!

Ocarina Holder

I printed one at 80% and it plays 1.5 notes high, my 100% one plays 0.5 notes low, my 90% one playes 0.5 notes high, and so my 95% that is printing should be jusssttt righttt.

Hey... What is the song you played in the video?
Sounds Great!

Thanks so much! LOL It's Celine Dion's song from Titanic, My heart will go on.
Its super cheezy I know, kind of a running gag from another site.
Thanks again!

Thx man.
Again, keep up the good work!

do i print this upside down or laying on the side?

Vertical, like the thingview preview. Should drop into the slicer in the correct orientation, print with supports (but not inside the part obvi)

hopefully the picture helps explain. There looks to be parts of the model that extend over the holes

they're right it prints fine, but i bothered to fix it anyway.


Cleaned Updated 12 Hole Ocarina

Ahhh i see it but doesnt show up in my layer view so it doesnt print with any issues.

It looks like there are some things that are part of the model that are extending over the finger holes, is this intentional, an error, or does it not matter for the final print?

Im afraid im not sure I see what you mean. Are they your supports? In any case, it is fine.

What was your CR-10 setting for wall thickness? I'm using the latest Cura and the default is .8 MM. You said you've used 1.8, does it really matter? I just want it to work when I play it.

Probably not, especially if you are properly calibrated. You just dont want to leak.
If you have some underextrusion and thin walls then obvi it will matter bc air will escape.
Give it a try!