Fred Murphy | 3D-printed Fisher Price Records

Many of us born in the ’70s grew up with these Fisher-Price Record Players, which used plastic discs to play music-box-sounding analog music | boobosh was surprised to see they had recently been re-released, and to be honest, a little disappointed to learn the new ones aren’t the same as the old, but instead play the music electronically | Earlier this year a UK-based tinkerer named Fred Murphy got his hands on some of the original units—you’ll see them pop up on eBay now and then—and decided to make his own records | Using a CNC mill and sheets of acrylic, Murphy successfully produced workable discs | For his first effort, Murphy mapped Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway to Heaven’ on one and the ‘Star Wars’ theme on another | See the video below to see and hear it in action | Murphy wrote up an Instructable on how he managed it | The response was huge, though Murphy realized not everyone has access to a CNC mill | And as 3D printers continue to proliferate, Murphy recently revisited the project, writing up a second Instructable on how to print, rather than mill, the discs.

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