3D printed guitars have been around for a little while, there’s even a 3D printed band, but these guitars designed by Olaf Diegel take what’s possible to another level. These professional level instruments are available to order through 3D Systems‘ Cubify 3D printing service.
Olaf, a professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Aukland New Zealand, is a proponent of additive manufacturing and has been pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with 3D printing. Several of Olaf’s designs are available from Cubify and once you’ve ordered your axe, you get to work with him on customizing your guitar or bass.
You can choose the materials that the neck and fretboard is made from, sustainable woods such as maple of mahogany of course, and the Seymour Duncan pickup configuration. Olaf’s designs are inspired by biomimicry, as they are taken from nature, from sources such as drops of oil on water and atomic structures. His latest design, the Americana, is a slight departure from this ethos as it’s an homage to New York.
It features some of New York’s most famous sights including, the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building, Freedom Tower, Statue of Liberty, Staten Island Ferry, Brooklyn Bridge, Yankee Stadium, St Patricks Cathedral, and the Love sculpture by artist Robert Indiana.
“I could picture this guitar being used by artists like Bruce Springsteen or Garth Brooks, but that’s not to say I see it as something reserved for specific types.”, Olaf told the Cubify blog.
These guitars are all designed to have a rich sound and their intricate designs are only made possible by the capabilities of 3D printing. It you want to jam on one of these you may need deep pockets as they range in price from $3,000 to $4,000.