Scott Summi created the world’s first 3D-printed acoustic guitar, which means the rest of us now know it can be done.
With 3D printing, guitars can be made with plastic, complete with the metal soundhole cover and heel joint. Apart from making working musical instruments, avid guitarists can also make a 3D replica of the guitars of their favorite musicians or idols.
This is a beautiful stainless steel Japanese Shakuhachi flute was 3D-printed. It can be produced with a variety of finishes including gold-plated matte or glossy and antique bronze matte (pictured below). The flute is 9.4 inches long and has a tiny dragon design if you look closely enough.
Things that make things
The creator this Rigid Heddle Loom used a 3D modelling program called openSCAD to design this. History classes might be a lot more interesting when you can see actual tools of the trades from a period in time.
3D figurines from children’s drawings
Ever wanted to turn one of your child’s drawings into something ‘real’, from a drawing to a sculpture? Well now you can, for 99 Euros.
Medical and anatomical models
Since the printing of these medical models is precisely accurate, surgeons can also plan a surgery on a printed model like this before the real patient goes under the knife.
Hand-made camera lens
Phone and tablet accessories
This creation by Janne Kyttanen might look like a well designed iPhone 5 case, but it’s really more functional than that. It can also hold two cards too. It’s called the Mondriaan Case which is derived from the painter, Piet Mondrian, who liked the design of multiple horizontal and vertical lines. There are 3 colours to choose from for a price of $34.99.
This stand is inspired by a Finnish concept of determination; the little muscular ‘man’ holding up the iPad is pretty hard to miss. This is definitely a work of art which you can buy for $161.
Janne Kyttanen, who created the iPhone 5 case above, 3D-printed this Palm Lamp.
This pair of 3D-printed high heels called Morphogenesis was designed by Pauline Van Dongen and made out of laser sintered nylon. She collaborated with Freedom of Creation on the design which won a ‘Most Creative Collection’ award at the Mittelmoda 2010 event.
Designer Jiri Evenhuise worked with Janne Kyttanen to challenge needle and thread by using software that collects a person’s body data to create unique fitted-clothing.
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