Notre Dame helps instrument manufacturer bridge legacy and future

Author: iNDustry Labs News

The Stradivarius Model 37 Bach Trumpet made at ConnSelmer in Elkhart, IN.
The Stradivarius Model 37 Bach Trumpet made at ConnSelmer in Elkhart, IN.

ConnSelmer, the leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instruments for student, amateur, and professional use, and the University of Notre Dame’s iNDustry Labs, are proudly partnering on a suite of projects, launched in 2020, that connects Notre Dame’s expertise and resources with ConnSelmer’s innovation challenges and opportunities. In each aspect of the partnership, iNDustry Labs and ConnSelmer are seeking to retain the identity of the company’s legacy, while finding ways to become more resilient for the future of manufacturing. The story of the partnership is richly told in “The Grand Reprise,” a recent multimedia feature from the University of Notre Dame. 

The partnership began with a single project involving materials testing on specific properties of the company’s renowned instruments, and evolved into a multi-faceted engagement that has included shop floor analysis, additional materials testing, R&D testing, and student experiential learning courses. The work brings together ConnSelmer’s dedicated team, iNDustry Labs engineers-in-residence, Notre Dame materials science experts and world-class equipment, engineering undergraduates, and a team of enFocus industry innovation fellows trained in the STEM fields.

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