Episode 1 – Ryan Pereira of Pereira 3D Clarinet Innovations on his 3D printed clarinet barrels and bells

In this episode of the Clarineat.com podcast, host Sean Perrin speaks with Ryan Pereira of Pereira 3D Clarinet innovations about his unique line of clarinet products which are custom designed and then 3D printed using the latest technology. The future is here!



Discussion Topics:

  • Introduction of Ryan Pereira and his inspiration for 3D printed clarinet products
  • Influenced by housemates who were engineers
  • Measured and researched his own collection of barrels, sketched a design for his own barrels and created a 3D model
  • Discussion of the benefits of 3D Printing using polymer material including the noticeable weight difference and color customization Benefits of 3D Printed Barrels include:
    • Crack Resistant
    • Not as susceptible to temperature changes
    • Sustainable Materials
    • Versatile sound colors
  • New Model Launching January 2016 – MR Model
  • Current Models:
    • Traditional – Brightest, Pure Tone
    • Bold – Darker, More Resonate
    • MR – Sweet, Darker


Website: www.pereira3d.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/pereira3d

Listener Questions

Are there any plans to produce mouthpieces with this material? 

Yes. The technology is nearly good enough to produce mouthpieces, but at the moment hand finishing would need to occur to maintain consistency between each one. However, as the technology improves there may not be a need for hand finishing.

Are there plans to produce a 3D clarinet or reeds? 

Yes, these are definitely in the cards. In addition, there is potential for creating clarinet items that use different materials like metal or wood filaments.

Since the products are 3D printed does that make customizing for each individual faster or easier? Or does working with the computer model require more time than adjusting by hand? 

Customization is a speciality of mine, so the answer is yes. Working with the computer model took some time to learn, but now I can quickly make adjustments.

Are the barrels now fully customizable? 

Yes. Customers can access the website and fill in exact specifications for the product he or she wants to purchase.

How long does it take to print one item? 

Modeling usually takes less than an hour and printing takes around four hours. Custom jobs require more time.

What are your next plans for the clarinet using these new materials? 

Continue customizing aspects of the clarinet.

Show notes by Meghan Taylor.

Clarineat Podcast Production Team:

Theme music for the Clarineat Podcast is performed by Tom Puwalski (Episodes 1-49), and Michael Lowenstern (episodes 50 to present).

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