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3d printing a body: give me ideas for a shape

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by the wako kid, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. the wako kid

    the wako kid

    May 11, 2011

    this thread happened to coincide with one of my school's programs ordering a 3d printer. My plan is to render a bass body in 3d studio max and print it. I have an approximate 9x10 printing area,so the body will have to be done in multiple peices unless I want to do something steinberger-ish. with 3d printing the possibilities are endless,so I must ask,what kind of guitar would you like to see printed? I will be using a mighty mite or similar replacement neck and all the pups and hardware will be standard fender(maybe gotoh tuners) witha split coil pup to keep it simple. I will be chambering the body to compensate for weight, etc. I just need some ideas for what shape to do. I won't do anything really crazy,because I still have to be able comfortably play the thing(no warlock shapes,stars, or anything like that).

    give me ideas TB!!!!
  2. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    What kind of printer? Stratasys? Or/and, what material?
  3. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    The task at hand kind of begs for an oddball shape, doesn't it? Might as well make a Precision body and be done with it, lol.
  4. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    Warwick Buzzard Signature bass has multiple body contours.
  5. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Bearded Dingwall Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Syracuse, NY
    Do something in a J or P shape, but make it look really steampunk. I mean, this 3-d printing thing can do really crazy stuff, right?


    Make the wings hollow like this, but have gears and other industrial looking stuff on the inside.

    You could make it really easy on yourself as far as construction and buy one of these:


    Bonus points it you make something cool to go on the headstock!
  6. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Now that's sweet !!!
  7. the wako kid

    the wako kid

    May 11, 2011
    I'm not sure. I know it prints with abs plastic.
  8. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe

    Very cool! Who made it?