A member of an Iowa state marching band designed and manufactured hundreds of 3D-printed brackets to help the band read sheet music on their phones.
A student at an Iowa state brass band designed a 3D-printed instrument clamp to hold members’ phones, making it easier to read sheet music on the field while the band study shows.
Jack Evans is a PhD student specializing in mechanical engineering and administration and plays the sousaphone in the marching band.
Last summer, Iowa state band director Christian Carichner reached out to Evans with a project in mind. Carichner wanted to rearrange the band to use less paper. Previously, the band used paper drill sheets and music.
Evans tinkered with 3D-printed designs of a phone clamp to attach to the lyre of an instrument. A lyre is a clamp on instruments that is typically used to hold a player’s music book.
After Evans finalized a production schedule, he used the state of Iowa 3D printing labs to print about 250 terminals. Production took a total of 1,200 machine hours.
Every member of the marching band received one of these clips for free at the beginning of the marching band season.
“Iowa State, especially the Marching Band and Mr. Carichner, are trying to innovate,” said Evans.
This innovation opportunity was great for Evans. He’s spent the past few weeks working out the kinks to create an even better product.
3D printing has some limitations; Sometimes the material is fragile and breaks with use. Evans goal is to move to plastic injection molding to create an even better product. There is huge market potential in the band community for a product like this.
“I want it to be affordable for any band, regardless of age or whether you’re in a marching band or a concert band,” said Evans.
Although Evans received no compensation for his work, he said the project was a fun and innovative way for him to give back to the Iowa band program.