Guitar was 3D printed

An independent engineer from the United States presented a guitar that he printed himself. He built several screens and LEDs into the musical instrument.

Despite the size of the printer, only 300 x 300 mm, the researcher was able to design the guitar body in the form of sections that can be bolted together. It took him 60 hours to make all the parts, and the longest piece of a musical instrument took about 28 hours to print. The self-taught designer notes that with more use of shrink sleeves, such a tool will become “incredibly durable.”

However, the plastic guitar body that the researcher printed is only half the process. Inside the guitar’s center cavity are two strips of RGB LEDs, an OLED screen, and a custom PCB that carries voltage regulators.

The board connects to the sound from the guitar and uses Fast Fourier Transform to make the LEDs respond to rhythm.

An independent engineer from the United States presented a guitar that he printed himself. He built several screens and LEDs into the musical instrument.

Despite the size of the printer, only 300 x 300 mm, the researcher was able to design the guitar body in the form of sections that can be bolted together. It took him 60 hours to make all the parts, and the longest piece of a musical instrument took about 28 hours to print. The self-taught designer notes that with more use of shrink sleeves, such a tool will become “incredibly durable.”

However, the plastic guitar body that the researcher printed is only half the process. Inside the guitar’s center cavity are two strips of RGB LEDs, an OLED screen, and a custom PCB that carries voltage regulators.

The board connects to the sound from the guitar and uses Fast Fourier Transform to make the LEDs respond to rhythm.

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