3d Printing technology is changing the way we make and sell products. We can now 3d print anything from pin to plane and some internal body organs as well. It’s the technology that has infinite practical application at a fraction of the cost that we spend righ now. Custom made 3d Printed Electric Guitars is yet another example of how this technology can revolutionize the production of things we need.
Every soul which plays guitar has a dream to purchase a custom made guitar for himself. Who does not need a guitar that looks and feels the way they want, however this need of ours were decided by the guitar manufacturers. They were like a robot making factory which kept producing the same kind of robot for years and people were forced to buy one as they could not afford the high cost of Custom made Guitars. 3d Printed Electric Guitars is set to change the way play our music as well.
Customuse is a company based in United Kingdom and founded by Mahdi Hosseini which has the capacity to change the dream of a affordable custom made Guitar into a reality. It is said that “necessity is the mother of all invention”, so when Mr. Hosseini’s girlfriend was not able to afford a custom made guitar to gift him one, they decided to make customs made 3d Printed Electric Guitars which people could afford.
“I always had a passion for 3D printing, so when we were discussing the issues with the high cost of personalization of guitars due to inefficient manufacturing processes, I had one of those AHA moments, It all became clear, why not use the latest technology? That is when we came up with the idea to make personal, unique and affordable 3D-printed electric guitars.”
Customuse guitars are not all about 3d printed parts, as a matter of fact it’s a perfect blend of the old and the new. The printed body is wrapped around a CNC-machined tone wood block, the neck is still wood and hardware like bridge, pickups and tuners are as you would find them on a traditionally-made guitar.
The body of the 3d Printed Electric Guitars is made using SLS (Selective Laser Sintering) machines with very large print-beds. Mr. Hosseini was very confident about the quality of his 3d printed Guitar when he said “This allows us to print our guitar bodies in a single piece using nylon 12 powder; hence creating a much more robust and resonant structure in comparison with other 3D printing technologies. The outcome is a very solid body with a smooth finish especially on the rounded edges. In the future, we aim to create a more available alternative for younger players using a more affordable FDM (Fused Deposition Molding) process. However, this method has its limitations and the final outcome would not compete with the current SLS models.”
Customuse is currently selling 3 types of 3d Printed Electric Guitars on their etsy store for £1,500.00. They are planning to launch an online platform where the customer would be able to customize things like Color of the body, tone woods, hard-tail or tremolo bridges, single-coil or humucking pickups, and neck profile and wood for their custom Guitar. These customization would revolve around the few custom made templates of guitars which would be selected by the customer. Once the customization is complete and an order is placed, the Customs made 3d Printed Electric Guitar would be delivered at the door step within 2 weeks.
This is what Mr. Hosseini had to say about the level of customization this browser based application would have :
“We allow customers to choose a tone wood that best matches their special tone,” explains the company’s founder. “For example we suggest mahogany or walnut for players who favor a warmer darker tone; and ash for a brighter result. If a player chooses to use our standard specs, we will fit the guitar with a tone-wood that we believe matches the pickups and the character of that particular model. We also use the same dimensions for all our wooden center block (with the exception of Sunrise) this means that the customers would be able to purchase a Customuse guitar today and change it into another guitar of a different shape later by ordering a new body.”
The online platform that allows one to customize their own 3d printed Guitar is supposed to go live by November 2014. For people who are old school and do not like technology to take over every aspect of life the company is planning to offer a premium service where the player can sit down with one of the Customuse designers and build their ultimate personal instrument.