Oct.3, 2013

The Steampunk 3D printed guitar is the latest creation from Olaf Diegel, a long-standing design engineer, with a passion for 3D printing. Olaf is professor of mechatronics and Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, and he has created a range of personalisable, customisable guitars with 3D printed bodies.

The Steampunk 3D Printed Guitar is not just a graphical masterpiece, it is a fully functioning Steampunk Engine and amazing sounding electric guitar.

The Steampunk 3D Printed Guitar features a 3D printed body with moving gears and piston. The entire body, including all its moving components is printed as a single component, with no further assembly required. The Steampunk paint job was done by New Zealand airbrush artist Ron van Dam.

The 3D Printing technology used in the Steampunk Guitar is called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). SLS technology builds the components by spreading a thin layer of nylon powder, that is then fused in the correct locations for that particular slice of the component. The layer is then dropped down a fraction of a millimeter, and another layer of powder is spread on top of the first, and the process is repeated until the component is built.

"3-D printing makes it possible to manufacture 'impossible' shapes," Diegel says. The body of the Steampunk Guitar was printed by 3D Systems on an sPro 230 SLS machine out of Duraform (nylon) material, the layer thickness is 0.1mm.


Neck: Warmoth Pro Telecaster maple neck with maple fret board, 22 frets, 25 1/2" scale, 42.86mm (1 11/16") width GraphTech White TUSQ, 6150 sized jumbo frets, 10-16" compound radius fret board, black inlay dots

Body: 3D printed Duraform PA outer body, with maple inner core, airbrushed steampunk paint job, and sprayed with clear satin lacquer

Bridge: Schaller 475, 6 String Flat Mount Bridge, Chrome

Pickups: Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Rhythm and Lead for Telecaster

Tuning heads: Gotoh Mini 510 Locking Tuners, Chrome

Controls: Pickup select switch, Volume knob, Tone knob, Gear motor on/off switch

Other: Schaller Strap Locks, D'Addario strings (usually EXL-110 unless other specified), low-cost hard case for safe shipping

Weight: 3.2Kg

Watch below a short video of the Steampunk movement in action:


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michel.e@telfort.nl wrote at 2/23/2016 10:07:53 PM:

where can I buy one ???

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