Engineers at Sandvik have created a new smash proof 3D printed guitar and allowed rock stars to test out their design. The unique design has eliminated the joint between the neck and body. Instead, the guitar’s neck and fretboard were milled in one machine from solid bars of recycled stainless steel.
This construction method for a guitar has never been tried before and both the neck and fretboard extended into a rectangular ‘hub’ that reached deep into the guitar’s body. Check out the video below to learn more. “Rock stars have been smashing guitars for decades and our engineers decided to test our technology by building the world’s first all-metal, smash proof guitar — and letting Yngwie Malmsteen unleash his smashing skills on it. “
“Long, slender components like the fretboard and neck are particularly vulnerable to distortion. Advanced software allowed Sandvik Coromant to simulate milling digitally before the first cut was made, enabling the correct choice of tools, saving manufacturing time and ensuring efficient processes.” – “We had to design a guitar that is unsmashable in all the different ways you can smash a guitar,” Loikkanen said. “The engineering challenge was that critical joint between the neck and the body that usually cracks on a guitar.”
For more details on the 3D printer guitar and its construction process jump over to the official Sandvik website.
Source: Design Boom
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