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Fully Printed Electric Guitar

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Fully Printed Electric Guitar by Shapespeare Oct 9, 2014
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The body and neck of this electric guitar were 3d printed on a Flash Forge. The neck is assembled with two carbon fiber tubes set in epoxy in place of a traditional truss rod. The neck was further strengthened by infiltrating the infill areas of the print with epoxy resin. The neck-through body design allows the maker to print the body of their choice without changing the configuration of the core.

The first one printed plays, although not well, so this should be considered a work in progress and maker beware. I designed this as a "could it be done" exercise more than anything. It has several interesting features:

A 3d printed neck with carbon fiber reinforcement.

Epoxy infiltration as a strengthening technique.

A 3d printed fingerboard with printed slots for fretwire. I wrote an openSCAD script to generate fretboards of any scale length.

3d printed inlay on the headstock and fingerboard. These could be done as dual extrusions, but it is easier to print them separately and assemble.

The neck and body section are assembled using 3mm filament stubs for alignment.

After having completed this project I can say that at this point it is fairly pointless to print the neck as far superior stock quitar necks are available for less than the cost of the materials, but that was't the point. The body design requires too much support to be satisfactory when printed on an FDM machine.

We talked about this thing and a whole lot more about 3d printing on the 3D Printing Today podcast available on iTunes, Stitcher radio or direct from the source at http://threedprintingtoday.libsyn.com/

3/16/15 Update. Swapped out new peghead veneer file.

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hy, great work...but there is something wrong with the design
the holes from the "peghead_veneer" and the "gtr_part4" do not match
i did not scale the parts, i used the original size...

i made some pics
http://www.uppic.com/uploads/14264947351.jpg
http://www.uppic.com/uploads/14264947352.jpg

Oops! Had so many versions floating around they got mixed up. I uploaded what should be the right peghead veneer. I'm surprised that someone is actually printing the guitar in spite of my admonitions. Be sure to check the scale length before you mount the bridge. The mounting hole locations vary from bridge to bridge. Good Luck.

cool, thx :)

i'll post some pics when it's done....and i'll check length before i mount it...and thx again for the right peghead veneer

Make sure the tuners you plan to use fit before you glue the head stock on to the rest of the neck.

Very nice job!!! I love how it looks. How well does it resonate? What pickups does it have?

The pickup came from Amazon for $10, pots and jack included. It has little to recommend it except price. The guitar looks better than it plays. The neck isn't stiff enough even with the carbon tubes. I plan to use a wooden neck on my next one.

Hello,
Great Job !
I would like to print this guitar, but I do not know what kit to buy ?? Can you advise me?

No kit, all the non printed parts came from Amazon. But it doesn't play well. The neck isn't stiff enough so the action is ridiculously high. You would be better off with a cheap wooden strat neck.

When i see the picture, i wanna pick up that guitar and play...
Very great design, i love it!

This is amazing! I built a guitar out of wood but the bridge kind of sucks. Do you think a 3D printed bridge (even with very rigid plastic like PC or PS) would be viable or would that destroy the tone?

If you have a unique design in mind, or you just think 3d printing a bridge would be cool its worth a try. I think you are right to use the hardest plastic you can and print 100% infill to make it as dense and resonant as possible. Most of my guitars have plastic nuts and the acoustics have plastic saddles so it works fine with the right plastic.

Non Commercial? Are you serious? That sucks. This thing is incredible and now it's in a developmental dead end.

As a creator putting your intellectual property into the creative commons is an act of gratitude. Think of all the incredible technologies you are using by people that have donated their time and effort. That's how the web was built. It wasn't corporations that came up with apache. Apache is a best of breed software for running web sites. It's the backbone of the web. Wordpress is another great example. Linux is another example. So is mysql and PHP. That's the lamp stack that is needed for a server class web site that a corporation could expand to deal with thousands of clients, or you could have on your computer to play with or anywhere in between.

We are building. We used to be confined to creating in cyber space only. Now with printers, we have replicators. Star Trek replicators? This is it. We are making them now. You are a part of that.

Do you want to make intellectual criminals of the people that really want to use your design? Do you want those, like myself, that will follow your wishes and surrender your creation to it's developmental dead end?

Please consider using creative commons licenses.

Anyone is free to develop it further and share their work under the same license.

If you wish to make money selling my design I think it is reasonable that I should get a share of your profits. I have licensed several of my other designs under very reasonable terms, and I would be happy to license this one as well.

"If you wish to make money selling my design I think it is reasonable that I should get a share of your profits. "

So if you make money from your design after having advertised it here on the thingiverse will you give a portion of that to the PHP development group? What about the Ubuntu development group?

These are just two of the open source technologies that are underpinning this web site.

It's ok. I am not planning on using your design. I'll wait until an open source one comes around and then I'll promote that one. Not so much to make money from it as to just get people excited by the incredible things that are being built.

I don't quite get how the licenses work but yes his request seems reasonable. That's usually what I use.

So cool... I made one of your ones wonce it came out and it's still printing!!

VERY nice work, as always......

This is awesome. I love the inlays too! Do you think that using steel rods rather than carbon fiber would work?

Steel rods would probably be as stiff (or stiffer) than the carbon fiber tubes, but they would be quite heavy. Since the body of the guitar weighs practically nothing this would make it rather unbalanced.

That makes sense, thank you for the response!

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