3D Printed Guitalele (6 String Ukulele)

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Introduction: 3D Printed Guitalele (6 String Ukulele)

- 3D printer with a 300x200 mm printing surface

- PLA filament in various colours

- Machine heads

- Guitalele strings (6 string ukuelele)

- Files

- I used Fusion 360 to design the instrument and used some parameters so I could change the measures of it according to the string spacing, string length, etc. I have made public my project so you are free to copy it and remake whatever you need to do in Fusion 360. In hit link to Fusion 360 model so you can edit and customize: https://a360.co/2HvswWW

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Step 1: 3D Print the Parts

You will need a 3D printer with a wider bed (300x200 mm) to be able to print de main body.

Basically, the parts are made from PLA because it is easy to print and can be more easily recicled.

Step 2: Assemble the Neck

As the neck is bigger than the 3D printer bed I had to redesign it to be printed in 2 pieces that have to be glued. I made a mortised join so it had more strength.

Also important is that the first prototype neck twisted with the tension of the strings, so I added two channels so I could glue two metallic rods.

I have used a gel cyanoacrylate because it glues PLA very well and fills the gaps.

Step 3: Glue All the Parts

Step 4: Install All the Components

Step 5: Thanks to MotionLab (Berlin)

I made this project while being a coworker at MotionLab in Berlin. Probably the best place to prototype a project like this because I had easy access to all the resources like 3D printers, laser cutter and even cnc router.

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    7 Discussions

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    ntx9gizzi
    ntx9gizzi

    23 days ago on Step 2

    I think this is the first 3d printed Ukulele that I have seen with neck reinforcement. Nice.

    I am a little concerned about the offset at the neck to head joint. I have seen a DIY wooden neck with a similar detail snap at that location.

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    olivergon
    olivergon

    Reply 22 days ago

    To begin with, it is very different when you are using wood and 3D printed plastic. There is not an offset but the back of the neck is all the same plane and the front of the peghead is recessed. Fender introduced this kind of feature in the 50's and their guitars are quite solid, much more than other brands aproaches.

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    ntx9gizzi
    ntx9gizzi

    23 days ago on Introduction

    How did you achieve the finish that resembles figured maple on the soundboard?

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    olivergon
    olivergon

    Reply 22 days ago

    I just bought the plywood like that in Modulor (Berlin)

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    grow23
    grow23

    4 weeks ago

    I was just wondering myself why no one gives our ears a little taste of the goods... What gives?

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    Mattcais3
    Mattcais3

    Question 5 weeks ago

    How come almost nobody in the musical instrument contest is attaching a video, so that we can at least hear how the instrument sounds?

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    olivergon
    olivergon

    Answer 5 weeks ago

    Good point!
    In my case, I left the prototype in Berlin and now I´m not living there. Apart from this excuse, recording a good sounding video is a little difficult.
    Anyway, I promise that I will do it in January.
    Thank you for your feedback.