Remember the 3D Printed Guitars we wrote about in March? Well, designer Olaf Diegel and the ODD team have created another guitar. This one is called the ‘Atom’ and may make you look more ‘ROCK’ than a diamond studded jean jacket with the arms torn off.
3D Printed Guitars
Its a solid design, printed in a nylon-like material. More pics here.
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.
But there’s more! Olef wasn’t the first to try 3D printed guitars. In fact, there have been two people working independently to develop them.
How about the Zoybar Tor? This curvaceous yet minimal design, crafted in Blender, looks and sounds killer. Better yet, it was developed with Zoybar, an open R&D lab that specialize in musical instruments. From what I gather, the entire design is open-source, free for you to alter. Trés bien!
Amit Zoran is an MIT student and, as we all know, those kids come up with some crazy stuff if you let them go anywhere NEAR a 3D printer with a copy of SolidWorks or Rhino. The reAcoustic eGuitar is a modular creation with a special soundbox a user can alter in shape or material to customize the tone, timbre and sustain. With access to an open library of designs, users can pick ‘n print what others have created.