Scott Summit, who already made a name for himself in the world of 3D printing with his revolutionary work of personalizing prosthetics now has something totally new and evenly awesome to offer. A 3D printed acoustic guitar, and it’s a stunner!
As a kid, Summit pined after fancy guitars. “I wanted a $3,000 one like Jerry Garcia would play,”. At the time, Summit didn’t have the money, so he spent around $100 on wood and other parts and fashioned his own guitar. “It sounded like crap,” he says to Bloomberg Businessweek.
The guitar is printed out of very fine nylon powder. This gives the guitar a smooth like painted ceramic appearance. Scott also added an engraving on the front. He said this version is a rough draft and he actually expected it to explode as soon as he stringed up the guitar. It didn’t and even better, it worked and sounded great! “It’s rich and full and has a great tonal range,”
In the future he wants to start experimenting with more radical designs to see how they change the sound. The goal is that people will be able to use software to pick out what sort of treble, bass, or sustain they desire and then print the guitar to match those qualities.
This guitar was made in collaboration with 3D Systems and about $3000 worth of plastics has been used to realize the body. Summit and 3D Systems are now looking at how to advance the production.