☑️ 3D PRINTED ELECTRIC GUITAR PROJECT ☑️
Hello 3D printers! Here is an awesome project (challenge) for you to take on! After many hours of CAD design, numerous failed prints, trial and error followed by more trial and error, and a total of 70 hours of total print time, I am very pleased with my first 3D printed guitar! With limited resources I set out to create a functioning and aesthetically pleasing electric guitar with a Les Paul style. This project helped me to enhance my CAD skills and helped me to learn how to integrate a 3D printed design with hardware and electronics to create a functional 3D printed musical instrument. The journey I went on while creating this guitar was fantastic, and I was happy to be able to bring together two of my passions, 3D printing and music!
Watch a video of it playing here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxNYwQ_IKMw
☑️ 3D PRINTER AND FILAMENT☑️
Filament: https://amzn.to/2PbOAbi (high quality and consistent)
3D Printer: https://amzn.to/2IpaXp4 (to print guitar body)
☑️ Print Volume Requirements ☑️
200 x 200 x 175 mm (can be printed on relatively small print beds!!!)
The guitar consists of 6 STL files to build the assembly. The 6 pieces have dovetail features that allow you to put them together like a puzzle piece. I recommend using Loctite or some other type of adhesive to create an even tighter bond between the 6 pieces at the joints. The guitar body was designed specifically around this hardware below:
☑️ GUITAR PROJECT HARDWARE ☑️
Guitar Neck: https://amzn.to/2KiBkyP
Bridge and Tailpiece: https://amzn.to/2KicVJB
Tuning Pegs: https://amzn.to/2Khp9FD
Cover Plates: https://amzn.to/2MlmyrD
Output Jack: https://amzn.to/2K6Xfgf
Wiring Kit: https://amzn.to/2MYiRt8
Loctite Instant: https://amzn.to/2KhxNRk
Pickups: https://amzn.to/2Kkq886 (you can use higher quality pickups for a higher quality sound)
☑️ FASTENERS ☑️
Video Tutorial Here ---> https://youtu.be/CMGZ3E4zmdc
M3 x 10 mm Screws: https://amzn.to/2IxGZPN
Threaded Heat Set Inserts: https://amzn.to/2KpdNMp
As for layer thickness, 0.2mm is what I printed at, and that worked well. I recommend printing in a strong material (PLA is okay, but ABS would be better for more strength). The more infill you use, the stronger and less flex the body of the guitar will have over time. Feel free to modify the design to add stiffening features to prevent any sort of bending in the plastic once the strings are tensioned!
☑️ GUITAR GEAR ☑️
Effects Pedal: https://amzn.to/2KrzHyA
Loop Pedal: https://amzn.to/2txe8GF
☑️ THE 3D PRINT ZONE ☑️
YouTube Channel: https://goo.gl/Z18ab1
Feel free to modify the design to make it even better, but please respect the Creative Commons on Thingiverse! I would love to see how yours turns out once its complete, so please post your photos! I hope you enjoy, and please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!
HAPPY PRINTING EVERYONE! ROCK ON!
The more infill you use, the stronger and denser the guitar body will be (which will prevent warping, bending, etc). You can probably get away with something closer to 40-50%.