Manufacturing a musical instrument takes time, effort and skill to get a guitar sounding good, so it seems like a done deal that a plastic guitar would barely work, let alone sound good. The first 3D printed guitar proves this wrong.
“It’s rich and full and has a great tonal range,” says Scott Summit, designer of the guitar, who built the model on his computer as a kind of ‘wish-list’ ideal guitar. Despite being made from lightweight fused plastic, not only does it sound great, better than other wooden guitars Summit has owned, it’s easily able to hold up to the tension of the tightened strings, which can easily snap weaker materials in half.
Summit thinks of this version as a rough draft, and is already looking to the future where he envisions people being able to pick out what kind of sound they want from their instrument and print it off.