HOWTO: Laser-cut and 3D printed record albums

Amanda Ghassaei used a laser cutter to engrave audio into wood, acrylic, and paper discs. Sure, the sound quality is, er, terrible, but… art! Previously, Ghassei 3D printed records from MP3 files. She's posted HOWTOs for both on Instructables! Laser Cut Record and 3D Printed Record


  1. Next will come laser playback of records, then they will shrink the records, then develop a wearable, portable player for those compact records.

  2. I work with lasers for a living and play records for entertainment.  It would be possible to create high quality analog recordings with lasers but I do not think this is that way.  

    1. Well, I’m sure he had fun. But why not rotate the blank under the laser? Surely that would (oops, a pun) improve accuracy as it uses only one positioning servo. And I don’t know what stylus he’s using, but I would have gone for one from and old 78 player – bigger needle, and not as sensitive to minor flaws. Is the record encoded with vertical (laser energy) or horizontal displacement? Old technology tried both. (Stereo cartridges respond to both; mono to horizontal.)

  3. That’s really cool.  It’s interesting.  It’s rather scientific.  It’s downright amusing.  But, how is it art?

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