3D-Printed Music Box Plays Customer-Composed Songs

3D-Printed Music Box Plays Customer-Composed Songs

The medieval device gets a modern makeover.

Lara Piras
  • 16 january 2014

Left Field Labs is a digital creative agency that focuses on bringing technology  into harmony with the human experience. Previous projects include Google Now, a predictive app that manages your day for you, and Zeitgeist Resolutions, an experience via Google Maps for users to share their resolutions with a worldwide community.

Their latest endeavor, Music Drop, is a modern take on the hand-cranked music box. The team explains, “since the 18th century, people have embraced the charm of the music box – a compact music player originally built on the mechanics and tradition of artisan watchmaking. We wanted to create a modern day adaptation to put tech and cheer right in your hand.”

Buyers are able to customize the gadget’s by naming it, choosing the colors and composing the music it will play via an HTML5 site. The Team at Left Field will then assemble your Music Drop by hand and have it shipped directly to your door.


The project truly demonstrates the opportunities that 3D-printing presents for custom manufacturing. Left Field Labs is “excited to see what we could do with 3D printing capabilities and with learnings from some of our more recent projects and experiments, we were attracted to the idea of tapping into the recent shift towards personalized, small-scale fabrication.”

Images: Creative Applications

Sources: Left Field Labs, Creative Applications


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