The Pitt Rivers Museum houses a collection of over 7,000 musical instruments from around the world and receives multiple requests for the instruments to be played. Unfortunately, many of the instruments are either too fragile to be played and risk being irreversibly damaged, or else have been contaminated by old pesticide treatments which now pose a health risk to anyone wanting to play them.
The Department of Engineering Science at Oxford University and the Conservation Department at Oxford’s Pitt Rivers Museum are collaborating to create
playable replicas of antique musical instruments using 3D scanning, reverse engineering and 3D printing
. The team includes Andrew Hughes and Jeremy Uden from the Pitt Rivers Museum and Alfonso Castrejon-Pita, Peter Walters and Benjamin Fudge from Oxford University Department of Engineering Science.
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