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Lookout Fender and Gibson - 3D printed guitars!

Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Middleman, Jul 11, 2014.

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    How common are those machines? This is a one-off project. Cool? Definitely. But a one-off. The technology will mature and become commonplace. But right now the expense, speed and quality of materials in most finished products makes it ideal for prototyping, not so much for MASS production. For now...
     
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    It's expensive for now, because it is relatively new technology, like burning cd's was in begining, but in few years (doesn't matter really if it's 5 or 25) this will become much cheaper, and that's the point, think of it for now as a prototype if you will...
     
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    I agree... I'm not knocking the technology in any way, just pointing out that it's new and we need to be realistic about its limitations and the costs associated with it.

    It'll all change over time, and will eventually be the dominant form of manufacturing. In terms of the lack of waste product alone, it's an amazing way to manufacture.
     
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    Will 3D printers be used to make violins? Trumpets? Kettle drums? Clarinets?

    Or will these instruments continue to be built from the same materials they've always been made from?

    There are niche markets for alternative-material instruments, but they are niche. People always think new technology will force the obsolesence of old ... but it very rarely does.

    Did Kindle kill off the paperback?

    Is music in reality a reason to occupy an aspect of the past? By its very nature, music is traditional and historic. Instruments will always reflect the design principles of the year(s) they were invented.
     
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    What's the upcharge for a lefty ?
     
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    3D printing with metal instead of plastic is already a reality so, yes... trumpets & kettle drums? Sure. Clarinets can be plastic (Charlie Parker made a plastic sax work back in the 40's) so making one with modern 3D printing should be no big deal.
     
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    Sure they can be made this way. But they arn't. Which was my point.

    Do you think Martin will start printing plastic dreadnaughts? Or would that devalue not only their brand, but the instrument?

    Making things of beauty quickly with computers ruins their intrinsic value no matter how great the finished product may be.
     
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    Martins are mostly wood, which can't be 3D printed. No worries there. But the wood is largely cut on CNC machines, just like everyone else AFAIK.

    If you want a 100%, completely handmade instrument, have at it. I'll take the precision of modern technology unless I'm shooting for something specific, or a replica of an older product.

    And to answer your earlier question--did Kindle kill off the paperback? Well, look at the numbers for physical paper newspaper subscriptions versus online subscriptions. Numbers don't lie.
     
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    The orange killed off the apple?

    You honestly think musical instruments will be 3D printed commercially and musicians will pay for them?
     
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    Yes. Instruments will continue to be manufactured using the latest technology and musicians will continue to buy them. Same as always.
     
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