Industrial designer Scott Summit has created what is believed to be the first 3D printed acoustic guitar. Businessweek reports that although he thought the pressure of the strings would be too much for the plastic, he says it sounds like a much more expensive custom guitar.
3D Systems, which recently acquired Summit’s prosthetic printing startup Bespoke Innovations, transformed the graphic model into an actual instrument using their 3D printers. It used around $3,000 worth of plastic and features a 3D printed sterling silver headstock and stainless steel plate on the neck.
Summit now wants to start experimenting with more radical designs to see how they change the sound. In the future he hopes that people will be able to use software to design their ideal guitar and then print it. 3D Systems are also thinking about how to take the idea further.