Laser cut drum kit

drums

[Segwaymonkey] picked up an arduino based drumkit circuit and needed a kit to place it on. He worked up a pretty cool design and had it laser cut out of acrylic. The cool part of the design is how he delt with the head motion of the drum. Each head has 4 “springs” that were also cut from the acrylic. The Arduino based drum circuit sits on a little pedestal in the middle, as though it were on display. We really like the design, but we have to wonder if a little noise dampening on the heads might be a good idea. He hasn’t released the plans, but says he might once he gets it perfect.

14 thoughts on “Laser cut drum kit

  1. That’s pretty cool. He would need to rearrange the drums for it to be more effective playing-wise, though. Otherwise, pretty good. And yeah, noise dampening will probably need to be required, unless he’s somehow already worked that in without being apparent on the picture….

  2. Cool! I love this! Somehow, I think I will get a kit from spikenzielab and make some drums for the band I am in and use my computer as the drum software. (D’Accord anyone?)

  3. Hey! very cool!I’m a guitarist who’s been hacking drum-kit-type-contraptions since before it was called hacking- a c_sio or whatever keyboard w/percussion presets,those kinda things- basically anything that I could wire to microswitches or whatever I could scrounge(gomi)and make drum-like sounds. I’m impressed with your kit-as a proof of concept kind of thing,though it’s not quite practical yet. I look forward to seeing what you post when your’e done. It’s gorgeous! Keep it up!

  4. As a long time professional drummer (Platinum Record from Duran Duran), this is cool, but would play like crap. Needs to have something with some sort of response, like a layer of rubber, to give it bounce. I’ve got a 18 piece electronic set, that I had custom made, all the heads are rubber. If he made them round, he could use stock off the shelf heads, all of the same size.

  5. Whoa-cool down! wer’e getting waaay too deep and serious,people! Nobody said anything about this replacing everyone’s kits.The whole point is that it was done in the first place! Wahoo!

  6. lossa great suggestions from interested people, but I’d not be quite so quick to admit just where ya got that platinum from tho… OOOH!

  7. Is there a video or something, so I hear how it sounds? I’d very much like to make it – looks like a fairly inexpensive project depending on where you get the rest of the materials…

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