Forget the air guitar; 3D-print your next custom guitar
As you learn to play guitar, you might find that certain types and shapes of guitar suit you more than others. Making sure you find that perfect match though becomes quite a time sink if you’re very particular.
Scott Summit, co-founder of Bespoke Innovations, made an acoustic guitar with a 3D printer that he says is one of the first 3D-printed instruments. His main motivation for the project was to produce his ideal guitar—and also to find alternative ways to make guitars without using exotic woods.
The guitar is made predominantly from fused polyamide plastic printed on a 3D Systems SinsterStation Pro—a printer designed for big projects like this. The neck of the guitar is stainless steel, while the headstock is sterling silver.
An added benefit to 3D printing is that it lets you incorporate intricate patterns into the design design, like the floral strip on Scott’s creation. On the other hand, due to Scott’s choice in materials, the entire build will set you back around $3,000, so this isn't a guitar for beginners.
Scott admits that he wasn't expecting much in terms of sound quality, but he's pleased with the results. The plastic also makes the guitar more durable than a traditional wood guitar. It will be interesting to see what other 3D-printed musical creations others will come up with, especially if it becomes more cost-effective.