Heavy metal? Or Lightweight metal? What kind of music do you play on a 3D printed aluminium guitar?
Only a couple of months ago we announced that we have started 3D printing in metal. We haven’t been idle… We just produced the worlds first 3D printed aluminium guitar!
Olaf Diegel from OddGuitars reached out to us to produce a rather unique guitar. This guitar was designed to explore what metal additive manufacturing is capable of and to learn about the intricacies of the entire process. Therefore the design of the guitar is purposefully complex to really push the limits of metal additive manufacturing. It features a diamond tread-plate Telecaster style body with a front and back made of barbed wire (but with the barbed wire spikes kept well away from the player) and roses inside the body.
When we received the design from Olaf, we then prepared it for additive manufacturing. We 3D printed the entire body as a single piece in aluminium on our EOS M400 system. After postprocessing, the body of the guitar was shipped to Olaf who turned it into a playable guitar by adding a maple wooden inner core, a Warmoth custom neck, Seymour Duncan pickups, a Schaller bridge, and Gotoh 510 mini locking tuners.
Basically, Olaf turned a 3D printed guitar body into a real masterpiece!
You can read about the details of the process on the website of OddGuitars.