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Wow! 3-D Printed Bass??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by selowitch, Feb 17, 2014.

  1. selowitch


    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
  2. JennySuzuki


    Dec 18, 2013
    Yes. Have you noticed the price tag?
  3. selowitch


    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    Oh, no problem. I can afford that.

  4. Nashrakh


    Aug 16, 2008
    Hamburg, Germany
    Pretty cool - considering it's been 3D-printed I'm not sure about the price tag though.

    Great design. Looking at the weight (4.4 kg) this bass is apparently not as light as the swiss cheese design would imply, however.
  5. selowitch


    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    Good observation. I agree.
  6. JennySuzuki


    Dec 18, 2013
    I've actually read a fair amount about this particular brand of 3D printed instruments. They still have a wooden core and neck, and the printed plastic surround is just a surround. And they are, in my opinion, severely overpriced... basically because of the novelty of the material.
  7. selowitch


    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    No argument from me. I still like looking at it, though.
  8. JennySuzuki


    Dec 18, 2013
    No argument there. I particularly like the beehive one.
  9. I like the look but the cost, the neck dive and 9.7 lbs makes it unsellable IMHO.

  10. Jaco Taco

    Jaco Taco

    Jul 30, 2012
    And here I thought 3D Printing was supposed to make everything cheaper....
  11. JennySuzuki


    Dec 18, 2013
    The issue here is two-fold, I think. First of all, the size of the printer required to do a surround like that is greater than that standardly offered by hobby machines, which increases the price. Secondly, a lot of the material is not supported by anything underneath, which again increases the complexity of the printer, and the number of bad prints you'll get, which increase the price of the object. Then you get the costs for the neck and core and fitting the surround, plus the cost of the electronics.

    Finally, there's the "how much will the market bear?" question. Frankly, I think this is the real determining factor in the price of this particular brand. They've got a unique product that people say "wow!" to, so they can price them where they feel like pricing them. If everyone had a printer in their garage... or even in their neighborhood... which could do prints like this, I think you'd see the price drop abruptly.
  12. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    The printer that is used to make that body costs $850,000.00!

    Super cool, but I think I'll stick to all wood, for now.
  13. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer
    I wouldn't be surprised to see Fender start making Squier basses this way but with no wood and the neck will be plastic with frets added. Once they buy the machine they can cut labor cost and pay for itself within a year. It will give a new meaning to the "P" bass as the P will stand for Plastic.

  14. I have access to this kind of equipment, but never thought of making a bass. I wonder if a through-neck design would solve some of the issues. Time for a little designing.....
  15. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I'm quite sure 3D printing will be a valuable tool in the future. Right now, it seems to be good mostly for novelties.
  16. 6jase5

    6jase5 Mammogram is down but I'm working manually Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2007
    San Diego/LA
    What is the best plastic for metal?
  17. selowitch


    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    Ha! Good one.
  18. xaxxat

    xaxxat Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2008
  19. rolandm

    rolandm In search of the lowest note.

    Aug 8, 2010
    Peoria, IL
    That's easy. This one.