Introduction: 3D Printed Ukulele
The 3D Printed Ukulele was something that I made to get a better understanding of 3D modeling. All of the parts needed for the project can either be 3D printed, or bought easily online or at a music store. All files for the project will be included with the tutorial.
●The included 3D models
Step 1: Gather the Necessary Materials
All of the materials are either linked to for printing, or can be easily purchased from a music store, or online retailer. If you do not have access to a 3D printer to print the ukulele parts, you can try to look for a Maker Space or similar type of location to print them at.
Step 2: Drill Holes Into the Dialing Knobs and Saddle
This is just to allow for strings to be placed in, and tuned later on. The holes on the saddle do not have to be perfectly evenly spaced, but holes at around the distance pictured will create optimal results.
Step 3: Slide the Bridge Into the Saddle
There is a distinct rectangular cutout in the saddle for the bridge to be placed as pictured. It pay require some force, but once it is placed, the hardest part about assembling the ukulele is complete.
Step 4: Put the Face on the Body
This step just requires you to place the face of the ukulele onto the body, which has a shelf inside for easy placement. Once it is in place, you should use epoxy to keep it in place.
Step 5: Tighten the Tuning Dials Into the Headstaff
This step is fairly intuitive; screw the dials into place on the top of the ukulele neck. They may have some resistance at first, but over time, they will wear to usable amounts of resistance.
Step 6: Fasten the Neck Into the Body
This step is also straight forward; place the pegs of the neck into the two holes on the body, then fasten them in place with epoxy.
Step 7: String the Ukulele
Once the instrument, you can tie and fasten the strings into the string holes that you drilled. This was my second Instructable, and first big 3D model, so it's not that great in my opinion, but I hope you enjoy it. :)
Participated in the
3D Printed Contest