Thursday, February 28, 2013

Awesome Personalized Instruments With 3D Printing

What artist hasn't was standing in their preferred music store and thought, "If only I had enough money I would buy that in a heartbeat"? Due to 3D publishing this may be a subject put to rest. Scott Peak, artist and 3D developer, has printed the first instrument and by doing so has brought up all kinds of musical technology opportunities.

3D publishing is the process of developing a three-dimensional item from a digital design that has been designed on a pc. Design guidelines are sent in a computer file from the pc to the 3D printing device, where it chooses the correct components and "prints" them together part by part to form the item. This method of production allows an unmatched amount of personalization and provides available means of development to the community.

3D photo printers have designed instruments in the last, but this is the first attempt at publishing an instrument. Peak didn't originally anticipate his nasty design to work. He thought that the nasty would click due to the stress of stiffened post, and even if it live through the stress he presumed that the guitar's audio quality would be inadequate. Much to his shock, his instrument didn't click. And it seemed great!

"It's wealthy and full and has an excellent tonal variety," says Peak who has had a lot of time to play with his new instrument. Although the nasty seemed good, he included some timber to create the audio lighter.

Various instruments have already been printed. The personalization element of 3D publishing has designed some pretty amazing guitars such as ones that look like a spider's web and others that are made of entirely of geometrical styles.

3D Systems has joined up with Peak to create a professional line of customized guitars. "If we want it to audio like a Gibson we add mahogany and if we want a [Fender] Strat or Telecaster audio we use maple". Whenever the group has a new idea they flame up the photo printers and test it out, which is extremely cheap.

The collaboration is now scheming to create Gibson Les Paul-style systems from polyether ether ketone (PEEK), which has similar hardness to timber. Along with 3D printing's ability to generate things with complicated inner forms, this provides a variety of sound opportunities.

Thanks to 3D publishing, instrument development is now less expensive and more flexible. The only guitar players who can grumble are those artists who amuse their viewers by striking their instrument on level. Unfortunately for them, these printed designs are extremely resilient and can hold up against even a intense onstage defeating.

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