Olaf Diegal is a professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Aukland, New Zealand, who has been using 3D printing for more than 15 years. He is also a guitar player. He realized that he could create complex designs for commercial products through 3D printing and got the idea to develop a guitar using this technology.
The 3D process works a little like inkjet printing, but instead of ink squirting out of the print head, successive layers of plastic or metal powder are deposited according to the CAD file's instructions. Layers are fused together by the heat of the molten plastic or with a precision laser beam in a process called sintering.
electric guitar bodies using this process of spreading a thin layer of nylon powder is ejected and it is fused together in the correct locations. Subsequently another layer of nylon powder is applied within millimeters below the first.
RepRap Project housed at the University of Bath.
ODD Guitars, to sell his creations which are indeed odd, but extraordinary. He says his Spider guitar is made of a single piece of a substance known as polyamide; a tough and durable form of nylon. The body looks like a spider web, with little spiders crawling around inside.
ODD Guitars currently offers five models, which are inspired by existing instruments. These are the Atom, the Hive, the Scarab, the Spider and the Spider LP.
Scott Summit is perhaps one of the leading authorities on 3D printing and design. His job is creating prosthetic body parts by utilizing 3D printing technology.
During a vacation he spent time on his laptop creating a 3D model of his ideal acoustic guitars.
Through his connections, he was able to send his computer design to 3D Systems which used its massive 3D printers to transform the computers directions into an actual acoustic instrument that Summit can play.
But no it worked just fine and sounded pretty nice.
Somewhere down the road he envisions that people will be able to use software to pick out what sort of treble, bass or sustain they desire and print a guitar to match those qualities.
What is next? Could it be this? Here is an article from Forbes.
Could Fender be Next?