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Weekly Roundup: Ten 3D Printable Things – Guitars and String Instruments

by • January 20, 2016 • No Comments


RIP David Bowie

January 2016 has been an especially bloody month in terms of celebrity deaths, and it may go down in history as having the top famous man body count at any time. Nerds of course lost their precious Sat any timeus Snape, the awe-inspiring Mr. Alan Rickman. But the largest body count has been in the world of music. With the untimely passing of Motörhead’s Lemmy, Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey and of course the legendary and concludely irreplaceable David Bowie music is a much tinyer in dimensions place now.

I’ve always been a little obsessed with the timeless music of David Bowie, so his passing hit me especially complicated. He’s just one of those icons of music which you nat any time thought we may lose, especially at the relatively young age of 69. And now which we have lost him, the world feels a little tinyer in dimensions for the reason of it. He gifted us with a final album called Blackstar which was just as excellent as of anything which he’s at any time done. But honestly, for me it does not lessen the loss at all, just making it injure just which much additional. F#%K cancer by the way.

So for this week’s Weekly Roundup I decided which what advantageous way to honor all of the talented musicians which we lost this month than by revealing off a few of the awe-inspiring 3D printed musical instruments which the internet has to contribute. So here are Ten 3D Printable Things – Guitars and Strings Instruments.


3dp_ten3dpthings_f-f-fiddle_1F-F-Fiddle by OpenFabPDX

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

This rad electric violin can be created for of $250 and printed on many PC 3D printing devices in PLA with no supports. It is a full-dimensionsd electric violin, and it sounds excellent. The creator 3D printed it on his Type A Machines Series 1 but it can in addition be created on the MakerBot Replicator 2. Depending on the dimensions of your printing bed, you may need to split the body up into a few tinyer in dimensions parts.

3dp_ten3dpthings_f-f-fiddle_2There are conclude assembly instructions and a shopping list of components, and there are a lot of other Thindonaterse users with manufactures for this project, so it should be pretty effortless to replicate provided you understand our way around the electronic parts.

Here is a few video of the creator talking of the F-F-Fiddle and the violin in action:


3dp_ten3dpthings_lovecraftLovecraft Concept Guitar by Francesco Orrù

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

The Lovecraft inspired electric guitar is based on the classic horror novel Necronomicon by the iconic and legendary HP Lovecraft, and actually unpainted in white material it is yet all kinds of creepy. It is created of eight individual parts and is highly detailed, so don’t try building your own if you don’t have a 3D printing device on hand capable of making highly detailed prints. The entire project takes of eight to ten hours to print, and can need a bit of post processing of course.

It utilized to be pretty complicated to 3D print an electric guitar which didn’t sound like crap, but advantageous printing devices and higher high end materials, not to mention lots of trial and error of dozens of manufacturers, are changing which. I ponder it may appear excellent in a blood red with a ultra shiny finish. But it may in addition appear excellent in black, or kept bone-white and yet appear pretty creepy.

Here is a few video of Francesco doing a bit of shredding on the guitar:


3dp_ten3dpthings_banjo_uke_1Banjo Ukulele (Banjolele) by AndreasBastian

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

No, a Banjo Ukulele is not a created-up instrument, it is a real thing which has really a one-of-a-kind sound. It is fundamentally a banjo body with four strings and a fretted ukulele neck. This excellent Banjo Uke is various of a lot of the projects on this list for the reason it is almany entirely 3D printed, which include the neck and the tuning pegs utilized to tighten the strings.

3dp_ten3dpthings_banjo_uke_2The project has a lot of manufactures of other Thindonaterse users, so it should print just satisfactory. Some of the comments do mention which having various infill percentages may alter the acoustics of the banjo uke, so it may take a few experimenting to get a sound which you like.

Here is a few video of it in action:


3dp_ten3dpthings_rockstar_violin_1Rockstar Electric Violin V3 by Rafael Silva

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

This rad electric violin may appear like the just 3D printed part is the chin rest, but in fact other than the electronics the entire create is created concludely of 3D printed parts. All of the parts were sanded, smoothed and and so painted to appear factory created. The chin rest was left untouched to add a few contrast to the instrument, and I must say which it manufactures it appear pretty excellent.

3dp_ten3dpthings_rockstar_violin_2There are not a lot of details of the create unfortunately, so this is most likely not a excellent project for a beginner. But, if it is on the market on MyMiniFactory and so which means which it has been certified as fully-3D printable so there are no worries of the version not printing correctly.


3dp_ten3dpthings_giger_1HR Giger Guitar by Francesco Orrù

Found on: MyMiniFactory
Cost: Free

HR Giger is, of course, the legendary artist who created the Xenomorph of the classic science fiction film series Alien, but his create sensibilities extend far beyond which. His fashion is a disturbing mix of sex and horror which is always unsettling, actually all these years later.

There is a excellent accident which you have may already seen this awea few Giger inspired guitar for the reason it went viral a while back, and with excellent reason. The guitar is just an amazingly rad create, and is a thoughtl example of how high high end 3D printed parts modern printing devices are capable of making.

3dp_ten3dpthings_giger_2Whilst Francesco (the same artist who created the Lovecraft guitar) posted full printing and assembly instructions online, it is yet a pretty complicated print and create. Of course if you want to skip all the 3D printing, MyMiniFactory is additional than pleased to 3D print the parts for you over at iMakr for $199.


3dp_ten3dpthings_blackwidow_1The Black Widow 3D Printed Guitar by TechSupportGo

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

This striking guitar was created in 3D Studio Max and and so sent to Meshlab to apply the voronoi pattern to the version. It is a remarkably rad create, and since it was printed on a Robo 3D printing device, the Robo 3D team invited the createer to show it off at this year’s CES 2016.

3dp_ten3dpthings_blackwidow_2The createer himself admits which it’s a tricky create to 3D print, thanks to the voronoi pattern it takes a lot of careful consideration of where to split the version up into the printable parts. So it may take a few trial and error, but I ponder having a guitar this rad is well worth the 100 plus hours which it takes to manufacture. There are a couple of other creates by Thindonaterse users, so it can be done, it just may not be the most project for a initially timer.

Here is a video of the project:


3dp_ten3dpthings_fullyprinted_guitar_1Fully Printed Electric Guitar by Shapespeare

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

Unlike a few of the other guitars on this list, this one has both a fully 3D printed body as well as a fully 3D printed neck. In order to manufacture the neck additional stable it has two carbon fiber tubes epoxied into it pretty than the traditional truss rod. The createer in addition strengand soed the neck by filling the infill area with additional epoxy.

3dp_ten3dpthings_fullyprinted_guitar_2The createer admits which the 3D printed neck is not the most high end and suggests which if anyone is planning to create this for actual use it’s cheaper to just purchase a stock guitar neck. But if you are appearing for a fun project to just show what your 3D printing device can do, this may be the project for you.


3dp_ten3dpthings_soprano_uke_1Soprano Ukulele by 3DGuy

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

This excellent ukulele create is 3D printed in two parts, the conclude body and and so neck, and they can be assembled without glue. The entire ukulele appears concludely seamless when assembled. With no flourishes or fancy bells and whistles, it’s a excellent example of minimalistic instrument create and plays thoughtlly. It is possible to paint it and donate it a rad finish, but it appears so excellent which it is almany unnecessary.

3dp_ten3dpthings_soprano_uke_2The createer does warn which it needs to be 3D printed in ABS at a 0.010 resolution and with solid infill or it may not be sturdy adequate for the strings to remain tightened. So it may take a few extra work, but it’s just a excellent little uke which sounds rad.

Take a listen:


3dp_ten3dpthings_banjitar_1Electro-Acoustic Banjitar by alan_one

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

This crazy mixed up instrument is a combination of a ukulele, a banjo and a tiny guitar which can be created to be either acoustic or have a few electronics introduced to it. On the other hand the createer said which it does not play quite loudly if it is left as an acoustic instrument, it can yet play and store a tune.

3dp_ten3dpthings_banjitar_2Whilst the Thing is pretty light on the printing instructions, and the parts sound a little tricky to print and assemble, it is yet a excellent appearing instrument. And if you check the comments a man Thindonaterse user created his own and introduced a bunch of assembly instructions which should manufacture the project simpler to conclude. Proving once again the value of open-source communities like Thindonaterse.


3dp_ten3dpthings_strato_les_1Stratocaster/Les Paul Hybrid Guitar by TheWhaleBiologist

Found on: Thindonaterse
Cost: Free

This guitar was created to resemble the classic appear of a Les Paul with the electronics and neck of a Stratocaster. Once the guitar is assembled the createer says which it plays virtually identical to his other traditionally created guitars. But it can take a lot of building and post processing to get it right. The createer warns which there were a few create flaws which needd him to pull out a Dremel to get at any timeything to fit together right, but it is thoughtl for anyone appearing to play around with a basic thought and improve on it. This is not a starter project at all, and the version can need to be separated into tinyer in dimensions parts in order to be 3D printed.

3dp_ten3dpthings_strato_les_2Unfortunately there are not a lot of detailed assembly instructions for the reason the createer was pretty new to guitar create himself. But there have been a couple of other createers who took a crack at it and seemed to get a excellent guitar out of it. Including the guys of 3D Printing Currently Podcast, who are no strangers to 3D printing awea few guitars.

Ok, there you go, a few of the most 3D printed string instruments to be discovered! If you manufacture any of these projects I may love to see them so feel free to email me or tweet me @SJGrunewald pictures or video!