Final Project Presentation: Saxaphone

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  • Jeremy Parsons
    May 3, 2017 12:51 pm

    Jake, you may have been the only person whom pursued another revision of his/her upcycle project. I especially enjoyed the creative solutions you “hacked” to get the functional elements to work correctly and with the right ergonomics for your hands. In light of the challenges that keep this prototype from functioning, I really do hope that you utilize your lessons learned on this revision to spin another design that you can go play!

  • Jack Wheeler
    May 3, 2017 12:35 pm

    It was a really cool idea to try and expand on the Upcycle project! Making an instrument is a very complicated and intricate process, and I like how ambitious it was to try a design like this. The final product wound up looking great, and the laser cut section definitely added some character to it. Overall, great job!

  • Tori Herfert
    May 3, 2017 12:33 pm

    I really liked your upcycle project with the pvc pipe saxophone so I was very excited to see your next attempt at this. I like that you wanted to make one more modeled like an actual saxophone with the shape and the location of the buttons considered. I like that you used the buttons you cut out with the laser cutter to be the actual caps to your saxophone holes. That stinks that the wood was so warped. I think it is super cool that you made it so that it was ergonomic to fit where your normal fingers would go to make it more comfortable. I also like the design you put on the side that you made on corel draw. That looks awesome. You spent lots of time measuring the saxophone which is crazy so good for you for having the patience to do that. Great job!

  • Avery Anderson
    May 3, 2017 12:32 pm

    I like how you took your up cycle project and improved upon it as a final project. I can imagine that instruments are very difficult to make as tolerances are very tight, so it makes sense that you could use your lessons learned from your up cycle project and apply them to a final project. The button and key system looks extremely complicated, nice job on keeping everything organized and making it functional! This doesn’t look like a traditional saxophone, does the shape of this affect the sound at all?

  • Emily Pearson
    May 3, 2017 12:31 pm

    I loved that you wanted to expand on your Upcycle project. Would it be possible to laser cut the PVC pipe directly? I also think it was really cool that you etched a design into your wooden piece. It looks like a very complicated project but I can tell you put a lot of time in effort making it work. Great presentation and project!

  • Scott Lowenstein
    May 3, 2017 12:30 pm

    It is a cool concept that you wanted to expand on your upcycle project and improve the design and functionality of your home-made saxophone. The decision to make the front face flat in order to better control the hole size is an interesting one. Did you achieve what you were trying to do there? Saxophones have a complicate design, so that was a clever simplification. Since the wood presented so much trouble in getting the device to be airtight, what other material would you try the next time around? You came up with a fascinating design to get the keys to function as well. What else would you do the next time around to improve the design? Great job!

  • Sam Van Dreser
    May 3, 2017 12:28 pm

    Great job on your final project! Its great how much work it took to make a saxophone out of wood. Your assembly process seems complicated and it great to see how you dropped the air tight requirement and add in the functionality aspect. Your key for the hole are awesome and really fit your aesthetic. Great Job!

  • Jimmy Speedy
    May 3, 2017 12:27 pm

    Final product looks awesome! Good idea drawing it all up in solidworks before you built the saxophone. I feel as though having an idea of what the project is going to look like in some sort of CAD gives a massive help to actually building the project as a whole. Sounds like a lot of lever and linkage knowledge to build one of these, good job on getting all that to work. Excellent work!

  • Kyle Aulwurm
    May 3, 2017 12:26 pm

    I like that you took your upcycle project and expanded on it. Looks really good. Laser cutting was a good idea to make it more accurate. I ran into wood warping as well, it really made the project more difficult. I like the problem solving with the spring holes. Great job!


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