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October 17, 2012
The New Way to Print Music
Earlier this year, Olaf Diegel, a professor of mechatronics at New Zealand’s Massey University, created the first 3D printed guitar. The instrument functions like any electric guitar one would find at a local music store. However, Diegel’s design work highlights the capability of 3D printing.
He wanted his first printed instrument to have a heavy metal theme, so the body is shaped like a web with spiders on the inside. Diegel developed a number of prototypes which all feature a unique swirly and hollow look. They also have standard electronics including pickups, dials, and a ¼” jack to plug into an amplifier.
These instruments are not 100 percent printed though. Wood is typically preferred over plastic when developing string instruments. So Diegel uses some wood to shape the sound.
“The final prototypes have a wooden core through the middle, which is part of the customization. By using maple, mahogany or whatever wood we want on the inside, you can customize the tone of the guitar as well as the way it looks,” says Diegel in the video.
Recently another guitar fan decided to take Diegel’s concept one step further. The San Francisco Chroniclereported on a 3D printed acoustic guitar created by Scott Summit.
Unsure if the body could withstand the 200 lbs. of pressure created by the strings, he set up a camera to see what would happen. "I thought it would at least be cool if the guitar exploded,” said Summit. But the instrument held together and he claims it has a great tonal range.
When they’re not printing out musical instruments, both Diegel and Summit use the technology to tackle other issues. Summit is the founder of Bespoke Innovations, which creates custom covers for prosthetics and Diegel is researching how 3D printing can help companies in New Zealand.
“This changes business models. Instead of having hundreds of spare parts on a shelf, a company could have one of these machines and print the parts as they need them. So it’s really a game changer as far as how we do business in New Zealand,” says Diegel
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May 17, 2013 |
This week, Airbus towed its newest airliner, the A350 XWB, out of its hangar and is poised to roll it into the spotlight of the upcoming Paris Air Show. The A350 XWB has been designed with the goal of surpassing the 787 in fuel efficiency and comfort, and has forgone metal for composite materials to make it happen. Read more...
May 16, 2013 |
Sander Veenhof and Joris van Tubergen, of the Netherlands, joined their skills in media art and design to merge 3D printing with augmented reality. They call the result "UltimARker" and like the 3D printer it works with it's been designed for the open source community to give consumers more detailed information about their 3D printer. Read more...
May 16, 2013 |
A recent survey by Cisco Systems found that 57 percent of consumers worldwide are in favor of using driverless cars, with 60 percent approval in the United States, suggesting that the world might be more ready for autonomous vehicles to hit the road than previously thought. Read more...
May 10, 2013 |
We've known since Obama's State of the Union address this year that 3D printing is a key pillar in the president's plan for America's future in manufacturing, but on Thursday this was made even more clear with the announcement of a competition to create three manufacturing innovation institutes, to be modeled after a government-funded 3D printing center. Read more...
May 09, 2013 |
Finally, we have someone to look to when we have to assemble our IKEA furniture--or at least something. This week, this solution was showcased at the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, proving that robots might soon be surpassing humans at yet another task. At least we can gladly hand this one over. Read more...
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