Without them: no mouthpieces! They work on every order, at each step of the process, as well as adavancing all of the mouthpiece research and development steps. Plus, they are the one that works on all the new products that will the best-sellers of 2018-2020… They is the 3D designer!
What is it all about?
A saxophone mouthpiece is far from simple. The geometry of the object itself is already complex, but in addition the slightest variation of the internal geometry of the mouthpiece will change the characteristics of sound and comfort of play.
The 3D Designer works hand in hand with the Sound Shaper (read also Syos jobs: the sound shaper). Once the musician's request is translated into geometric parameters, the 3D designer takes over the design, adjusting the 3D modeling of the different elements of the mouthpiece (nature and dimensions of the baffle, type and size of the chamber, opening and facing...).
To build good quality mouthpieces, the 3D designer must:
Master the different elements of internal and external geometry of a saxophone mouthpiece, at 1/100th of a mm.
Know the mechanical properties related to the different mouthpiece designs to ensure the solidity of each parts.
Be an expert in computer-aided design (CAD) on software like SolidWorks or CATIA.
A custom designer
Just as a tailor makes tailor-made clothing, the 3D designer at Syos must adapt to all situations. What length adjustment should be made for the intonation of the mouthpiece to be perfect on an old Conn baritone saxophone? How to further enlarge the chamber while maintaining the mechanical strength of the mouthpiece? Which mouthpiece curve is optimal for playing comfort? What are the ideal dimensions for a C-Melody mouthpiece?
Rigor and strong organizational skills are essential to navigate the jungle of geometric parameters of the mouthpiece: chamber, baffle, facing length, opening, bore, beak, side rails ... parameters that can each take about ten values (and even an infinity, in theory). At Syos, it is known that it takes at least 6 months to understand the nomenclatures used internally to identify the mouthpiece (some legends say it even takes several years, or even a whole life ...).
Always more innovative
A new product in preparation? Accessories that are with the other brands' products? It is always the 3D designer who will work on the feasibility and functional prototypes.
For example, in 2018 Syos ligatures and new designs for the mouthpieces appeared! And of course, for company communications, we often need a little artistic touch to the mouthpieces and ligatures. It's a full-time-job, and here is its description:
|25%||Research on the next products (coming soon… !)|
|25%||Development, improvement and automation of existing designs|
|50%||Custom design for the orders (initial geometrical design, custom adjustments, engravings and design…)|
Who is the 3D Designer of Syos ?
Even if you've ordered a mouthpiece, you may not have heard of him: he is the man in the shadows but he's the one who conceives every mouthpiece that comes out of our house, he is...
If you never ordered a mouthpiece from Syos, do it now! Robin will personally take care of the design, and with all his experience, you will not be disappointed of the fineness of the artwork.
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