Here’s The World’s First 3D Printed Guitar

By: Zach Walton - October 11, 2012

3D printers have made some pretty amazing things. The more unique designs, however, are only prototypes that are meant to be proofs of concept. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see a 3D printed prototype that’s not only pretty awesome, but it actually works.

Scott Summit, co-founder of Bespoke Innovations, has made a career out of 3D printing. He creates stylish prosthetic limbs that stand out for their intricate and beautiful designs instead of simply being a prosthetic. Now he’s turning his design and 3D printing skills towards a dream he’s had since childhood.

Speaking to Businessweek, Summit said that he recently designed a guitar that he then sent off to 3D Systems to have printed. He had already attempted to make his own guitar once when he was child, but $100 worth of wood resulted in a guitar that didn’t sound very good. Would $3,000 worth of plastic change anything? He didn’t expect it to, but was surprised to find that the plastic guitar sounded pretty good.

Now Summit is working on new iterations of the plastic guitar. He told Businessweek that he sees the future of guitar production in 3D printing. He suspects that people will be able to use a program that lets them pick out the precise treble, bass and sustain they want out of a guitar, and then have the custom made instrument delivered straight to their door.

This is far from the first 3D printed instrument, but it’s probably the most complex yet. Previous excursions into 3D printed instruments resulted in a flawed, but still acceptable, flute.

It will be interesting to see where this goes not just for guitars, but for all other instruments. I can’t really imagine a 3D printed brass instrument, but I can only assume that some innovative mind will find a way to recreate the same effect in plastic.

Zach Walton

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  • Matt

    Google 3d printed guitars and you’ll see this is not the first time somebody has done it. Olaf Diegel has been making them in New Zealand for around a year now

  • Modern Zeuhl

    Actually not the first one. At all. Google Olaf Diegel :)

    • Modern Zeuhl

      Woops, somebody came here before me -_-‘

  • Scott Summit

    Very true. Olaf Diegel has been creatung 3d printed electric guitars for at least a year. His forms are wildly inventive, and he really pushed that art form. My guitar is a 3d printed acoustic guitar, and may be the first of its kind, though I don’t know for certain. The goal was less a matter of chronology, and more an exploration into how far we might go when we tap into the vast versatility offered by 3d printing, especially when acoustics are so closely coupled with geometry. – scott