Although wood is a considerably easy material to work with, replicating designs by hand can be difficult unless you have years of experience and a penchant for crafty jigs.

Inspired by key duplicators that are common in any hardware store, the Clone 3D is a professional grade copy carver/pantograph that allows existing objects to rotate along an axis while being replicated into a new piece of material using rotating clamps – such as guitar bodies, gun stocks and propellors. The result is a sort of hybrid between a copy machine, a router and a lathe for guitar bodies, gun stocks, propellors, furniture parts and other finely carved wood objects.

Says the UK company:

Guitar Body Duplicator, Propeller Duplicator, Gun Stock Duplicator…Whatever it is you want to copy – Clone has a duplicator to suit your needs and budget.

Guitar out frame

According to Clone, the Clone Router (which starts at $3,000) includes an adjustable router head, an adjustable stylus clamp, heavy duty bearings & rails, a dual ‘anti-kick-back’ braking system, a ‘quick release’ counterbalance weight adjustment and is constructed from high-quality aluminum – as seen in this video demonstration of a gun stock duplicate being made:

YouTube video

In the age of near-constant digital fabrication, it’s always refreshing to see simple machines like this stand the test of time. Find out more over at Clone.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.