Monday, 29 July 2013

3D Printed Guitars

So 3D printing has really taken off with 3D printed food, limbs, guns and now guitars. Yes guitars. Would you play one? Of course you would. Who wouldn't want to see what it could do and what it sounds like?

Well professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, Olaf Diegel, is no stranger to 3D printers and their capabilities. He has been using them for the last 15 years. More recently he has begun to produce custom 3D printed guitar bodies under the name of ODD Guitars.

He says of the venture: “3-D printing makes it possible to manufacture ‘impossible’ shapes. For example, my Spider guitar has a spider web frame with little spiders crawling around the inside. The body is a single piece made of Poly-amide, which is an extremely tough and durable form of nylon. I've dropped the guitars a few times without damaging them.”

That’s reassuring.

According to the ODD website, the guitars have a wooden inner core to ensure fine tuning. This can be made of either mahogany or maple. The fret boards are usually made from ebony or rosewood.

“Customers can specify mahogany or maple necks and completely customize the electronics. They can also make minor modifications, like having their name, band logo, or other graphics 3-D printed on the back of the instrument at no extra cost. We can even adjust the weight to a player’s preference.”

That’s more like it.

Anyway if you have $3,000 to $3,500 in New Zealand dollars about your person, you can order your very own 3D printed guitar from Olaf Diegel’s range. Choose from either bass models Atom, Hive and Spider LP, or guitar models Atom, Hive, Scarab, Spider and Spider LP.

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