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 printed one and for whatever reason it doesn’t make a good sound. I printed in PLA at 20% infill.

im trying to play it by chance would u have a note or key chat for it

I too have an issue with Z banding :/

Hey, I have had trouble with removing the supports in the whistle part of the print and there fore breaking it. How should i remove the supports on the whistle?

oh no, sounds like something bad is at work here! Can you post any pics by any chance?
I'm guessing the supports go to the bed plate and not internal, hopefully those are turned off

So to print this i need to have the supports only go to the bed plate and not internally?

thank you for the fast reply time and the help with solving the issue.

Made one. Lovely design, thank you.
0.2mm layers, 50% infill, 1.2mm walls. Tilted the model backwards 15deg to get better supports on the whistle opening. White Velleman PLA, sanded (200 and 600 grit), no other finish yet.

My Cura settings creates a some support towers inside of ocarina. Is this ok? I dont see how can i remove this when the print is done...

Just printed one. It looks phenomenal, but the two highest notes don't really work on mine. It might just be my printer though...
Sanding now, and I plan on primer + paint + clear coat later.

I printed up one of these last night, and I just wanted to say thanks for helping me to fulfill a childhood fantasy of owning an ocarina! :)

I also have a question with regards to the effect of the selected infill percentage upon the sound of the ocarina, though. When I printed it up, I only used a 40% infill, but the ocarina's sound feels somewhat flatter than what it perhaps should be. While I'm not too concerned with the sound of this one, since it was more of a test print than anything else, would it be better to have a higher infill percentage for any future prints?

Hi! this looks awesome! but i have a question before i start.
how long will this take? i have an hour and a half at a time to use my 3d printer every other day and i would like to know so i could work out a way to be able to use it longer if needed.

Hey Hey, this has taken people anywhere between 5 and 14 hrs;
sadly, it's hard to get more specific as it depends on your printer and your slicer settings
I hope you get to make one!

This is awesome! Thanks for making the design I made work way better! I haven't printed it yet, but it seems from videos and comments to work great! I've updated my thing with a link to this one!

A few questions:
Do you have the source file (SLDPRT or such)?
Do you have the file for the base in the picture?

Nimaid!!! You are amazing!!! You're design is fantastic and has obviously inspired many!
Thank you so much!

So I remixed by importing the original SLDPRT into AutoCAD 2018, and converting it to a solid, so I maybe I can export into a common file type for you, since it is all in the autodesk family- Just let me know what is best (IGES or similar)

The base is Programer786's, I'll add a link. I added it to my list of Makes but should probably put this in the description!

Let me know whatever I can hook you up with Nimaid!!

Ocarina Holder

Aww! :) Thanks! I'm happy to see that others are also interested in this project!

The main reason I asked about source files is that I think it's good practice to make Thingiverse designs as easy to remix as possible. If you took the solid and imported it to AutoCad, I don't think giving the source file is as big of a deal, as that workflow already lost some of its source editability. (As in, you can't just tweak SolidWorks dimensional variables or equations anymore.) However, someone in the future may find it useful if you uploaded the AutoCad project file, so they can see how you modified it, and perhaps save them the hassle of importing it to AutoCad again! Just a suggestion.

Putting the link to the base in the description would definitely be nice for someone stumbling upon this looking to make a gift for someone. :)

Thanks again for the awesome work on this remix!

I hope you come back to it and make the ultimate oc!

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?

If the supports are breaking from the bed, adding a brim has worked really well for me.
Before I started doing that I had lost quite a few ocarina prints, as some of the really small supports would break and get dragged around.

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!