16 Jun 2012

As my guitar softly prints

Author: will | Filed under: creativity, Design, music, opportunity

3D printing is something I really love the idea of. The practical results are, well, mixed.

I’ve seen, and help, amazing pieces. Intricate interlocking design which can only be printed that way. Vases printed fully decorated with different designs on the outside and on the inside. Pieces that look like hand painted with watercolours Egyptian artifacts.

I’ve also seen extruded pieces that look like spaghetti softened and shaped with food colouring. All it needs is a dab of glitter to make it a kids art project. It depends on the printing technique.

However the technology is slowly improving. I’d like to be able to print my own pieces for a transforming robot to vehicle (no brand names please) based on my own design. Or print a broken part to make a robot zombie (just to be different from the usual example). And its getting there.

Of course, if I print a musical instrument, I’m going to try with a simple printed whistle first.

Now I can download a book to read on a hand-held screen. I’d like to be able to design and print (or download) a case for that hand-held screen.
That’s available now.
And if it looks like a child’s spaghetti art piece, when then it looks hand crafted, glitter optional.

Of course, that case may have prevented its screen from cracking. Anyone have a tablet they don’t need?

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How 3D printing is revolutionising guitar-making
Additive manufacturing, starting with nothing and adding material one layer at a time, may soon be used to output entire buildings

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6 Responses to “As my guitar softly prints”

  1. Grannymar Says:

    I wonder what that guitar sounds like?

  2. will Says:

    No real way to find out without a web search…
    So here you go…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrJadl6zqz4

  3. jonathan byrne Says:

    Finally, someone else with a 3D printer! I have just built myself a reprap and have no idea how to go about fine tuning it, do you have any tips?

  4. Will Knott Says:

    Sorry. I've played with the cupcake at Nexus Cork, but its not mine.

  5. jonathan byrne Says:

    Ah well, i'll keep tinkering until I have something that looks respectable!

  6. Maxi Says:

    3D printing, love the idea. Wonder how the guitar will sound?

    Blessings – Maxi

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