Carol Forsloff — If you are a musician, want to be, and have longed for that perfect guitar, or one that meets your specific interests, soon you will be able to get it printed out to your satisfaction and specifications. Yes, no spelling error here, just the truth of what’s coming in houses, guitars and many other things.
3D printing is on its way. Already people are seeing printed materials of all different kinds. It is the newest technology, making three dimensional objects that are actually useful. And now here’s a guitar.
Kurzweil is one of those innovators who brings the new technology news to the rest of us, as he has long been on the cutting edge of it. The report today details this new 3D guitar.
A fellow named Scott Summit developed a 3D model of what he wanted in a guitar and sent it to 3D Systems. This organization then transformed Summit’s model into a guitar that Summit can actually play, according to Bloomberg Businessweek. It is said to be the first guitar made from a 3D model. Summit is quoted as saying, “It’s rich and full and has a great tonal range,” says Summit.
Here are is a general description presented by Kurzweil today: “The model used about $3,000 worth of plastic and had a headstock 3D printed with sterling silver; the plate on the neck was 3D printed out of stainless steel.”
3D technology seems new, but it has been in the process of development for a couple decades. Now it has expanded into more and more household products. Most printers cost in the many thousands of dollars, but a few can be had for a little over a thousand dollars. These lower-priced printers, however, don’t print the fully useful product so much as rendering a design prototype.
Now Summit is one of those technological whizzes who is cutting edge in designs. He is considered to be among the leaders in the design of 3D objects that can be used. So this new technology has yet to be available everywhere, but from all reports it is the newest wave of technology. Prices for these 3D printed objects can be high ($3000 worth of plastic said to be for the guitar) in the future it may make desirable objects more affordable for folks who want that special something, like a guitar of your dreams built from 3D printers.