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This amazing guitar was 3D printed in real wood. We had yet to see a working wooden 3D printed guitar. For that, we needed Forust technology. We’ve seen guitars 3D printed in plastics and then 3D printed in metal (many of these were done by Olaf Diegel, Professor of Additive Manufacturing at the University of Auckland). But we had yet to see a working guitar 3D printed in real wood. For that, we needed Forust technology.

The company was founded on the experience with binder jetting of wood powder conducted by Emerging Objects over the years. Its technology has been combined with the creativity of Desktop Metal’s marketing team (led by Ilya Myrman, also a guitar enthusiast) after acquiring Forust in the recent shopping spree, and the DfAM capabilities of Professor Diegel.

The result looks stunning and, according to Prof. Diegel, who also plays the guitar very well, it sounds great.  The Forust process leverages a binder jetting additive manufacturing process with wood sawdust and bio-epoxy resin as a binder. If optimized for high productivity, it could represent a more sustainable future for the manufacture of high-end wooden products.

The design was done using a combination of Solidworks and nTopology. According to Prof. Diegel, it contains a diamond TPMS lattice structure (an improved version of a gyroid). The guitar is fitted with Seymour Duncan hot-rodded humbuckers, Schaller bridge and switch, Gotoh tuners, and a Warmoth maple/rosewood neck.

“The on-demand 3D printing of wood using waste natural materials is a gamechanger,” commented William McDonough, Architect, Author of Cradle to Cradle [….] We have only begun to explore its beneficial potentials, but it is clear they are immense.”

The best part of this project is that the material cost is almost null. For now, there are costs associated with the machines and software used, and especially the time and skills required to design it. As these become more widely established, though, the cost of digital wooden products could be drastically reduced. The future of 3D printed wood looks and sounds great.

This amazing guitar was 3D printed in real wood. We had yet to see a working wooden 3D printed guitar. For that, we needed Forust technology.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based VoxelMatters. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites and, as well as VoxelMatters Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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