As anyone who's ever had a stepper-motor printer knows, those things can get pretty loud -- and they're also multi-tonal. This has led some intrepid printer-hackers to try and adapt those sounds into recognisable music -- turning the printer into a... OK, let's be honest, not exactly dulcet-toned musical instrument, but a musical instrument nevertheless.
So if you're expecting the beautifully swelling violins of John Williams' sumptuous score, you're probably going to be just a little disappointed -- but getting a 3D printer to play the most recognisable motif from the theme of "Jurassic Park" at all is quite an accomplishment.
"Inspired by the old printer that played the E1M1 music from my favorite video game Doom, I decided to see how difficult it would be to get my 3D printer to do the same thing with the theme from Jurassic Park. (Spoiler alert: It wasn't easy)," wrote 3D-printing creator Andrew Sink on his blog.
He downloaded a MIDI file of the theme and converted it to g-code -- a programming language used for controlling machine tools. He then isolated the melody and programmed the X and Y axes of the printer with the code -- which in turn played the familiar motif.
We'd call him a clever girl, but it would only be half true.
You can check it out for yourself below, as well as the original orchestral recording. The motif, for comparison, starts at around 1:25. You can also grab the 3D-print files for the T. rex skull and stegosaurus seen in the video, as well as the g-code Sink created, via his blog post.