Amazing New 3D-Printed Guitars From New Zealand
A brand new range
of intricately designed guitars have been released
by a company called ODD from New Zealand. The company run
by design engineer Olaf Diegel feature forms and
structures that wouldn't be possible using conventional build
methods, including a spiders web like construction complete with
resident spiders. Scroll down the page to look at these amazing
designs and watch the demo video.
The guitars, which are completely customizable are
currently just prototypes but are still 100% playable.
These guitar designs have joined a growing list of
impressive objects that have been created by new 3D printers.
Diegel, describes himself as "a long-standing design engineer
with a passion for 3D printing" and is professor of mechtronics and
Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand.
With the help of a EOS Formiga P100 selective laser
sintering system, Diegel was able to print sturdy and complex parts
for the Spider and Scarab electric guitars, from the little insects
inside the body to the structure that holds it up. The bodies are
made of Polyamide 2200 or Alumide.
Also on the site is a red printed guitar called the
Atom 3D. This Les Paul-style guitar features a wooden core - with a
choice of Mahogany, Alder or Mable - and the body can be printed in
a variety of colors.
For more information visit www.odd.org.nz
The Atom 3D printed guitar: A Les Paul style guitar with
an internal atom with spinning electrons. The bodies are printed,
using Selective Laser Sintering, by 3D Systems in the USA, on an
sPro 230 SLS system. The material being used for these guitars is
Duraform PA which is a very strong form of Nylon. The resolution
for the prints was 0.1mm (which means that each layer that makes up
the guitar body is 0.1mm thick). The guitars feature a wooden inner
core (choices of Mahogany, Alder or Maple, etc.), which allows us
to customize the tone of the instrument to suit the musician, and a
number of options for hardware, etc.
The Spider can be fitted with your choice of neck and hardware.
One of the beauties of 3D printing is that it allows us to
relatively easily customise the guitar to suit your needs. In the
case of the Spider, we can customize the headstock logo, or add
anything you want onto the space on the back of the guitar, or
modify almost anything else you want...
The Spider 3D printed guitar was designed specifically for
laser sintering, one of the common 3D printing technologies that
allows for the manufacture of full strength, extremely complex
parts. The entire body, including all the little spiders inside the
body, was printed as a single component, which could not be
manufactured any other way.
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