While there are some simple DIY instrument designs available on Thingiverse and other such sites to print, there are a few pioneers revolutionizing the craft of making musical instruments. NYC-based architecture firm Monad Studio garnered attention for its artistic approach to 3D printing a two-string piezoelectric violin, one-string electric travel bass guitar, a one-string piezoelectric monovioloncello, and didgeridoos of various sizes. Perhaps the expert in this nascent field, however, is design engineer and 3D-printing enthusiast Olaf Diegel. Using selective laser sintering, Diegel crafts intricate and customizable electric guitars 3D-printed from nylon powder and featuring a wooden inner core. Although his company ODD Guitars specializes in unique, personalized guitars, he has also experimented with 3D printing other instruments, such as a keyboard, drum kit and saxophone.
Photo Credit: Olaf Diegel, ODD Guitars