Inspired by 3d-printing technology, we invented a playful approach to using the technology, putting personalized manufacturing in the hands of the end user.
The Music Box Made Modern
3D printing gave us an opportunity to create something fun and personable. Our diverse people, with backgrounds in music and design, came together to create something new, as a passion project. By experimenting with this new technology, and using our different perspectives, we invented something so unique and personalized, that it’s been an incredible success.
Our mission was to create a charming piece of lo-fi tech that anyone could customize. Inspired by the mechanics of watchmaking, we decided crafting a music box would be a playful way to put cheer right into the user’s hand—and make it personal.
A Complete End-to-End Custom Product Experience
We designed and built every measure of the Music Drop. From branding to producing the industrial design of a mechanically functional music player, to coding a website for users to compose their own musical tune and remotely 3D print their custom design. The shape of the box was designed with a concert hall in mind, while the tear-shape came out of necessity to hold the pole in place. Every design detail was considered - right down to the expertly shaped musical cylinders.
We were delighted by the Music Drop’s reception, with orders far surpassing the capabilities of our in-house 3d printers (many thanks to MakerBot for contributing some prints!) Equally surprising was hearing the creations of our users, from TV jingles to family lullabies. We even had requests for Music Drops as gifts for weddings. People were excited and engaged with 3D printing in a way that had not yet been imagined before our invention, and this was our biggest reward.
“We've seen 3D printing enable a nostalgic twist on music before, but there are few things quite so clever (or tiny) as Left Field Labs' Music Drop.”