British new rave band Klaxons kicked off their long-awaited 3D printed tour last weekend in Norwich. This year’s June, they already made a statement about this 3D printed tour, and now the 3D printed instruments are ready to rock. The University of Sheffield’s news department, however, reports that they solely got their guitars printed, and not the other instruments. Customuse, a start-up by University of Sheffield graduates Mahdi Hosseini, Sophie Findlay and Justas Cernas performed this job for Klaxons.
Mahdi got the idea for Customuse when he realized he could never get together the money to buy a personalized guitar. He therefore thought about other options and stumbled upon the possibility of 3D printing. His professor Neil Hopkinson was an expert in 3D printed, and played electric bass guitar as well. Because he had already supervised an undergraduate project to design and print a guitar, he was able to provide Mahdi with the right technical support.
The youngster started the company, which will be holding a crowd funding campaign in December. Despite their lack of big financial investments, the company was already striking enough to attract the attention of Klaxons. The band 3D printed their personalized guitars and bass guitars at Customuse, with the band member’s insignia printed onto them.
After what’s been nearly 9 bananas years we’d like to let you know that we’ve decided the upcoming dates will be our last headline tour ✌&❤
— Klaxons (@klaxons) October 24, 2014
Despite all media attention following the 3D printed tour, the band decides to quit doing headline tours after this little journey though the UK. On 24 October, they wrote on their Twitter: “After what’s been nearly 9 bananas years we’d like to let you know that we’ve decided the upcoming dates will be our last headline tour.”Does this mean Klaxons are about to split up or is it not over yet for the London-based three-piece? Well, in case they do, they’ll do it properly with this innovative tour.
Image credits: Klaxons.