I made the body of this ukulele slightly smaller than a normal soprano but I kept the string length the same. I have added all of the stl and inventor files so modify away. See it in action at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_PdhVV6PYs . #MakerEdChallenge #MusicProject
This project was designed in Inventor and is based on a soprano ukulele. In order to fit this project on an 8 x 8 build platform the body was changed to be slightly smaller, but the scale length and fret placements remained the same as the instrument it was based on.
The neck is connected to the body with 4 10-32 screws, 2 at 5/8" L and 2 at 2". The headstock is connected to the neck with 2 1" L 10-32 screws. The bridge is connected with 3 plastic screws I had in my drawer. Super glue was used on all joints. The tuners are grovers and are modified slightly to fit closer together.
Project: Ukulele Construction
Objectives: To learn about instrument construction, fret spacing, and multi part 3d printed project construction.
Audiences: Grades 8-12
Preparation: Following non 3d printed items are needed:
2X - 10-32 x 2.625in L pan head screws
2X - 10-32 x 0.625in L pan head screws
2X - 10-32 x 1in L pan head screws
4X - Ukulele tuners (I used grovers)
3X - #8 plastic screws 1/2" L
1 set of soprano ukulele strings
- Customize the CAD files with #Inventor if desired. Add your name to the headstock, modify the fastener holes to match what you have on hand, add a design to the face, or even modify the shape.
- Print all of the pieces in the collection. You will need one of everything except the fret dots, of which you will need 3.
- Use super glue and the referenced fasteners to attach the pieces in the following order
- Neck to body
- Headstock to neck
- Fretboard to neck
- Fret dots to neck
- Bridge to face
- Face to body (No fasteners, make sure to clamp well)
- Attach tuners with provided screws
- Allow glue to fully dry for at least an hour, then string and play!
Results: Students will have a playable instrument that they built and customized (possibly) themselves. Grades can be given based on modifications and the quality of assembly.