Coming Soon [to guitar manufacturing]?

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  1. bluejazzoid

    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    3D Wood Printing (aka, "Sustainable Wood Products")

    This sounds interesting, and though the article quoted below doesn't mention musical instruments, I can't see why this would not eventually be adopted in some way by guitar manufacturers:

    A new printer called Forust is using scrap wood to 3D print wooden objects that are as structurally sound as regular carved wood. Created by Andrew Jeffery and a team of researchers at Desktop Metal, the printer prints using fine sawdust that is formed into solid objects.

    The printer works similarly to an inkjet printer and squirts a binding agent onto a layer of sawdust. Like most 3D printers, the object rises out of the bed of sawdust and then, when complete, can be sanded and finished like regular wood.

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    https://www.3dprintingmedia.network...e-manufacturing-process-for-am-wood-products/

     
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    Interesting. I'll certainly check it out. I started wondering a couple of years ago how long it would be before people were selling the software to print out a perfect 1958 Les Paul. Obviously, we're nowhere near that scenario, but it's interesting to speculate where this is all going. Thank you for sharing. :)
     
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    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    Considering companies have been making bodies for years from plywood, it seems like a natural progression..... especially considering how as an industry guitar manufacturers in particular have been producing TONS and TONS of sawdust (and scraps) since forever.
     
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    I don't see how musicians (the finicky bunch they are) will accept guitars made from "scrap" wood. :whistling:
     
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    Fickle online "musicians" who squabble at anything that deviates from a guitar making template created 70 years ago might be one.

    I think it's a great idea though. Guitars are a drop in the bucket contributing to the massive global deforestation issue at present but 3D printed wood guitars would be a nice start. Perhaps then you might be able to get a Les Paul for under $3k.
     
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    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    There are PLENTY of guitars out there made from what many here would describe as "scrap" wood. That's been going on for years.
     
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    I suspect this is more like Flaxwood... an engineered product with a reliably predictable resonance.
     
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    bluejazzoid Strats Amore Silver Member

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    Heh - before long I bet we'll start seeing asterisks after the wood descriptions like this:

    New Fender Swamp Ash* Stratocaster Series

    *3D printed from reconstituted Swamp Ash sawdust
     
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    Awesome!!!!
     
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    Interesting post. Not surprising. They have even been using 3D printing to build houses and firearms. Why not guitars?
     
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    Can they print the tone? Sarc on.
     
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    So that means the new tone discussion will be about adhesive type instead of wood ... LMAO :D

    I can already see a new thread popping up: What's your favorite adhesive...
     
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    You clearly don't spend time on Les Paul forums. Hide glue vs Titebond, Titebond II vs Titebond III. Can't make this stuff up.
     
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    These 3D printers have been around and becoming better and better for a while.

    About time they start making 3D printed guitars. Sort of like a replicator from StarTrek!!!!
     
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    Lol, true.

    I bet the truth is that given enough time, this process could evolve to where they *might* be able to print the wood-glue goo (whatever it is called) in LAYERS in such a way that the finished product actually mimics real layered wood both in looks (grain pattern) and certain mechanical properties that might be beneficial for musical instruments.
     
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    MDF from a printer. Not going for it as equal to a solid piece of wood.
     
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    This is amazing. I want a guitar made out of maple and mahogany blended sawdust.
     
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    Enter the tone dust blend rabbit hole.
     
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