Spider 3D Printed Guitar
Odd Guitars launched a series of 3D Printed Guitars, one of them, the Spider caught our attention due to its intricately detailed 3D body.
Aside from its impressive 3D Printed body, the core of the Spider guitar remains traditional, with your choice of wooden inner core, neck and hardware.
Thanks to SLS or Selective Laser Sintering technology, unique looking guitar bodies are now possible. A Laser Sintering Machine called EOS Formiga P100 built the the body of this guitar by gradually spreading a thin layer of nylon powder over an area and fusing them into the desired 3D shape. This method allows for creating unique and detailed body designs that otherwise would not be possible. Alumide or Polyamide 2200 material was used for the 3D printing.
Olaf Diegel, Professor of Mechtronics, is the man behind ODD Guitars who took this technology into guitar making. They were able to produce complex parts like the spider and the web details while retaining structural integrity, sturdy enough for use as the body of an electric guitar. And since they are using a 3D printer, they can offer a wide variety of customization options on the 3D printed body design.
The default wooden inner core for the Spider 3D Printed Guitar is mahogany, you can pick the color that you want to spray on it using clear satin polyurethane. The neck is still conventional wood - a Warmoth Pro Angled maple neck with rosewood fretboard. It has 22 frets and has a 25.5 scale length. Other hardware include Schaller 475 bridge, Seymour Duncan 59 Model Pickups, Schaller Mini Locking Tuners and the usual pickup selector and volume/tone knob configuration. The body of the guitar is impressively light at 2.2Kg, Olaf and his team usually add lead weights to the body to improve the weight balance.
According to Odd Guitars, the default configuration Spider 3D Printed Guitar is priced at $3,000. You can find more information and images at Odd Guitars.
3D Printing Technology is relatively new and I can imagine how convenient this technology would be in the future. Imagine having compact 3D printers and printing your own guitar designs in the comfort of your own home!
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