3D Printing

ODD band to play 3D-printed instruments at Frankfurt gig

ODD band to play 3D-printed in...
An ensemble of ODD instruments will take to the stage at Euromold in Frankfurt, Germany, between December 3 and 6
An ensemble of ODD instruments will take to the stage at Euromold in Frankfurt, Germany, between December 3 and 6
View 40 Images
Cutaway showing the 3D-printed body installed on a mahogany or maple core
1/40
Cutaway showing the 3D-printed body installed on a mahogany or maple core
An ODD Spider Les Paul having the powder removed
2/40
An ODD Spider Les Paul having the powder removed
The natural color of the nylon material used to print the guitar bodies is white
3/40
The natural color of the nylon material used to print the guitar bodies is white
An ODD Spider Les Paul having the powder removed
4/40
An ODD Spider Les Paul having the powder removed
An ODD Spider Les Paul ready for assembly
5/40
An ODD Spider Les Paul ready for assembly
Models being assembled, and guitars ready to be shipped out
6/40
Models being assembled, and guitars ready to be shipped out
The ODD Steampunk Guitar
7/40
The ODD Steampunk Guitar
The whole of the body, including the gears that start to climb up behind the bridge and the pumping piston below the pickups, is printed in one go
8/40
The whole of the body, including the gears that start to climb up behind the bridge and the pumping piston below the pickups, is printed in one go
The switch to the back of the tone and volume pots activates the moving gears and piston
9/40
The switch to the back of the tone and volume pots activates the moving gears and piston
The Steampunk Guitar after being treated to a custom airbrushing by New Zealand artist Ron van Dam
10/40
The Steampunk Guitar after being treated to a custom airbrushing by New Zealand artist Ron van Dam
The 3D-printed body is installed on a maple inner core, onto which the Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound pickups and Schaller 475 chrome bridge are mounted
11/40
The 3D-printed body is installed on a maple inner core, onto which the Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound pickups and Schaller 475 chrome bridge are mounted
The rear of the Telecaster-shaped Steam Guitar from ODD Guitars
12/40
The rear of the Telecaster-shaped Steam Guitar from ODD Guitars
A maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, is added and ends in Gotoh Mini 510 locking tuners
13/40
A maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, is added and ends in Gotoh Mini 510 locking tuners
The Hive B honeycomb-styled Les Paul-shaped bass guitar has a Schaller 463 roller bridge and EMG Hz 35 passive pickups
14/40
The Hive B honeycomb-styled Les Paul-shaped bass guitar has a Schaller 463 roller bridge and EMG Hz 35 passive pickups
Close up of the resident bees inside the 3D-printed body of the Hive B
15/40
Close up of the resident bees inside the 3D-printed body of the Hive B
Close up of a resident bee inside the 3D-printed body of the Hive B
16/40
Close up of a resident bee inside the 3D-printed body of the Hive B
An airbrushed 5-string version of the Hive B bass guitar from ODD Guitars
17/40
An airbrushed 5-string version of the Hive B bass guitar from ODD Guitars
The bees take on familiar colors in this airbrushed Hive B
18/40
The bees take on familiar colors in this airbrushed Hive B
The Hive B honeycomb-styled Les Paul-shaped bass guitar
19/40
The Hive B honeycomb-styled Les Paul-shaped bass guitar
A 4-string airbrushed Hive B
20/40
A 4-string airbrushed Hive B
Top view detail of the Ladybug keyboard from ODD Guitars
21/40
Top view detail of the Ladybug keyboard from ODD Guitars
A Yamaha P35 digital piano has been placed in a beautifully intricate, nature-inspired outer shell
22/40
A Yamaha P35 digital piano has been placed in a beautifully intricate, nature-inspired outer shell
An army of ladybugs marches up and over the side of the keyboard
23/40
An army of ladybugs marches up and over the side of the keyboard
The lid and back sport a similar insect- and flower-packed design as the Scarab guitar
24/40
The lid and back sport a similar insect- and flower-packed design as the Scarab guitar
The lid and back sport a similar insect- and flower-packed design as the Scarab guitar
25/40
The lid and back sport a similar insect- and flower-packed design as the Scarab guitar
Top view detail of the Ladybug keyboard from ODD Guitars
26/40
Top view detail of the Ladybug keyboard from ODD Guitars
A Yamaha P35 digital piano has been placed in a beautifully intricate, nature-inspired outer shell
27/40
A Yamaha P35 digital piano has been placed in a beautifully intricate, nature-inspired outer shell
The lid and back sport a similar insect- and flower-packed design as the Scarab guitar
28/40
The lid and back sport a similar insect- and flower-packed design as the Scarab guitar
The Ladybug keyboard with lid closed
29/40
The Ladybug keyboard with lid closed
An army of ladybugs marches up and over the side of the keyboard
30/40
An army of ladybugs marches up and over the side of the keyboard
Back view of the Ladybug keyboard
31/40
Back view of the Ladybug keyboard
An army of ladybugs marches up and over the side of the keyboard
32/40
An army of ladybugs marches up and over the side of the keyboard
The 5-piece Atom Drum Kit from ODD Guitars
33/40
The 5-piece Atom Drum Kit from ODD Guitars
A five piece Sonor SmartForce kit has had the shells of the 12-, 13- and 16-inch toms, 22-inch bass drum and 14-inch snare removed and replaced with SLS-printed Duraform PA GF designs
34/40
A five piece Sonor SmartForce kit has had the shells of the 12-, 13- and 16-inch toms, 22-inch bass drum and 14-inch snare removed and replaced with SLS-printed Duraform PA GF designs
The 5-piece Atom Drum Kit from ODD Guitars
35/40
The 5-piece Atom Drum Kit from ODD Guitars
The holes in the 3D-printed drum casings are said to make little difference to the overall sound
36/40
The holes in the 3D-printed drum casings are said to make little difference to the overall sound
A five piece Sonor SmartForce kit has had the shells of the 12-, 13- and 16-inch toms, 22-inch bass drum and 14-inch snare removed and replaced with SLS-printed Duraform PA GF designs
37/40
A five piece Sonor SmartForce kit has had the shells of the 12-, 13- and 16-inch toms, 22-inch bass drum and 14-inch snare removed and replaced with SLS-printed Duraform PA GF designs
The 5-piece Atom Drum Kit from ODD Guitars
38/40
The 5-piece Atom Drum Kit from ODD Guitars
The holes in the 3D-printed drum casings are said to make little difference to the overall sound
39/40
The holes in the 3D-printed drum casings are said to make little difference to the overall sound
An ensemble of ODD instruments will take to the stage at Euromold in Frankfurt, Germany, between December 3 and 6
40/40
An ensemble of ODD instruments will take to the stage at Euromold in Frankfurt, Germany, between December 3 and 6

ODD is the brainchild of Olaf Diegel, and the last time Gizmag caught up with the Kiwi Professor of Mechtronics he had just unveiled a pair of beautifully intricate 3D-printed guitar bodies attached to an all wood neck, and sporting some high end hardware. He's since wrapped more of his eye-popping designs over mahogany or maple inner cores and gone into production, offering personalizable and customizable electric guitars and bass models costing from US$3,000 each. Now he's put a keyboard in a 3D-printed housing, and replaced the wood shells on the toms, kick and snare of a Sonor drum kit with 3D-printed nylon. The whole ensemble will be on display at EuroMold next month, where a band will take to the stage to play some live sets using the instruments.

I've had to introduce the band many times over the years, but the instruments have never upstaged the players before ... until now. Though the Ladybug keys and Atom Drums will definitely be heading to Frankfurt, Diegel has not made it clear at this point which electric and bass guitars will be going along, so I've chosen to outline a couple of his newer creations.

The 3D-printed components used in all of the instruments were produced by 3D Systems in the US. The company used an sPro 230 Selective Laser Sintering system at 0.1 mm resolution, which is much higher than your average desktop 3D printer (though consumer-level technology is improving all the time), hence the smoother finish and finer detail.

Steampunk Guitar

I think it's fair to say that all of Diegel's guitars are stunners, but the moving gears and piston within the Steampunk Telecaster really put this one in a jaw-dropping category of its own. The whole of the body, including the gears that start to climb up behind the bridge and the pumping piston below the pickups, is printed in one go. The instrument is then treated to some custom airbrushing by New Zealand artist Ron van Dam.

You can see the guitar in action in the video below.

steampunk2lowres

The 3D-printed body is installed on a maple inner core, onto which the Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound pickups and Schaller 475 chrome bridge are mounted. A Warmoth Pro Tele neck in maple, topped by a maple fingerboard with 22 jumbo frets, is added and ends in Gotoh Mini 510 locking tuners on the head. Each 3.2 kg (7 lb) guitar is custom made to order, so players can tweak hardware to suit personal needs or preferences.

Hive B bass guitar

The Hive B honeycomb-styled Les Paul-shaped bass guitar
The Hive B honeycomb-styled Les Paul-shaped bass guitar

Would it have been too much if Martin Brett of Voice of the Beehive stomped onto the stage with a Hive B bass guitar? I don't think so. Available in 4 or 5 string variations, in plain or airbrushed finished, this honeycomb-styled Les Paul-shaped bass guitar has a Schaller 463 roller bridge, EMG Hz 35 passive pickups, and Gotoh GB7 bass tuners. If you think you hear fret buzz from the rosewood fingerboard on a Warmoth Pro angled maple neck, it could just be the bees inside the body getting ready to take flight.

Ladybug

An army of ladybugs marches up and over the side of the keyboard
An army of ladybugs marches up and over the side of the keyboard

We now move into a definite for the Frankfurt band. Diegel has placed a Yamaha P35 digital piano in a beautifully intricate, nature-inspired outer shell. The lid and back sport a similar insect- and flower-packed design as the Scarab guitar we featured last year, while armies of ladybugs march up and over the sides.

Atom Drum Kit

The 5-piece Atom Drum Kit from ODD Guitars
The 5-piece Atom Drum Kit from ODD Guitars

Providing the beats will be a five piece Sonor SmartForce kit that's had the shells of the 12-, 13- and 16-inch toms, 22-inch bass drum and 14-inch snare removed and replaced with SLS-printed Duraform PA GF designs. The cymbal, hi-hat and drum hardware remains. "I was expecting the 3D print, and all the holes, to dramatically affect its acoustic properties, but there's little noticeable difference between it and the original kit," Diegel tells Gizmag.

Between live sets with the 3D-printed Band (working title), the ODD instruments will be on display at stand E68 in Hall 11.0 at EuroMold in Frankfurt, Germany, between December 3 and 6.

Source: Olaf Diegel

0 comments
There are no comments. Be the first!