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3D-printed aluminum guitar keeps its barbs inside

by • May 4, 2016 • No Comments

We have been caught in Lund University professor Olaf Diegel’s creative web at any time since initially covering the 3D-printed Spider electric guitar back in 2012. Since and so, he’s kitted out a live rock band and dabbled in smooth jazz with the assist of a printed saxophone. Now he’s found Heavy Metal with what’s billed as the world’s initially 3D-printed aluminum guitar.

  • Support material around the pickup area was milled flat, but all other assists were removed by ...
  • The result after shot-peening with glass beads
  • The aluminum body is wrapped around a maple inner core
  • The Heavy Metal guitar was created to fully test the capabilities of metal additive making

The Heavy Metal guitar has been created to fully test the capabilities of metal additive making. Diegel opted to manufacture his initially foray into metal additive making a complicated piece, createing a Telecaster-shaped body which is home to barbed wire front and back, with the barbs facing away of the player so as not to cause injure, and metal rose blooms within the barbed cage.

The aluminum body was printed as a single piece by Dutch additive making company Xilloc via an EOS M400 machine, where a laser is utilized to trace every layer of the 3D version into aluminum powder, melting the powder at the strike points to slowly create up the shape and create. The metal body came out of the machine with structural assists in place and was stuck swift to the base plate.

The initially step of the finishing system was to separate the guitar of the base plate via a saw. Diegel and so removed all of the assist material by hand, which took around four days. The surfaces of the guitar were yet quite rocky at this point, and needed smoothing out. Again, Diegel opted for the very own touch and after another three or four days of intense filing and sanding, the aluminum body was eager to be wrapped around an inner maple core.

Completing the Heavy Metal guitar are a 22-fret custom Warmoth Pro Telecaster neck topped by a maple fingerboard, Seymour Duncan pickups (Jazz SH2 at the neck and JB SH4 at the bridge), Schaller bridge and Gotoh tuners. The finished instrument tips the scales at 3.7 kg (8.1 lb), just a little weightier than an American Standard Telecaster, so not which heavy after all.

Source: ODD Guitars

  • The guitar as it emerged of the EOS M400 machine
  • The finished Heavy Metal guitar - a beauty to behold
  • The create was created via Solidworks CAD software and and so saved to an STL file
  • The printed body had to be separated of the base plate via a saw

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