While most 3D printers end up generating models for architectural or engineering plans, a New Zealand professor is using the technology to create a line of visually impressive guitars.
Olaf Diegel, a mechatronics professor at New Zealand’s Massey University’s School of Engineering & Advanced Technology, developed three guitars with intricately patterned bodies with the help of a specialized 3D laser sintering system. Diegel says that laser sintering allows for extremely complex, strong parts, so he designed the guitars specifically for this type of 3D printing technology.
They are hollow on either side of the fretboard, and in the case of the Scarab and Spider guitars, they have intricate models of bugs adorning their inner structures. The Atom 3D guitar, which was modeled after a Gibson Les Paul, features a wooden core for a better sound. All of the guitars have wooden necks and head stocks. The printed components of each instrument are made entirely from either Alumide or Polyamide 2200.
Diegel notes that each of the instruments is customizable, and will reportedly offer the Scarab, Spider and Atom 3D on his website for about $3,000 to $5,000 USD each. Buyers can choose from alder, maple or mahogany for the guitar cores and also have options for the neck and hardware. Diegel also offers to dye each guitar “any color.”
Buyers can find Diegel’s guitars on his website ODD, which also features geared rings, wheeled robots and other eccentricities created with 3D printers. The guitars on the site feature the ODD logo on their head stocks, but Diegel notes that every part of the guitar is customizable and that buyers can choose to use their own logos or text. Diegel says that he’s willing to change almost any aspect of his instruments at the demand of his customers. With their unique materials and almost limitless customization options, the guitars are certainly an interesting, flexible instrument for serious guitarists.