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Geek out: You can now 3D-print almost a whole guitar pickup

by Aloysius Boh
April 20, 2014 4:00 pm

Most people have heard of 3-D printed T-shirts, but what about 3-D-printing a guitar pickup? Polish guitar aficionados Rob Klaczynski and Martin Kubacki recently printed almost an entire guitar pickup using a 3-D printer. I say “almost,” because to be accurate, they actually only printed the pickup bobbin and cover. You still have to buy the magnets and wire somewhere.

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Regardless, this is exciting news because it has astounding implications for DIY culture. Will punk rockers eventually be able to stop being hypocrites who buy their instruments from large corporations, and just print them at home instead?

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It may sound as easy as 2-D printing a picture of a guitar pickup at first, but the catch here is that some assembly of parts is required. It will be like piecing together a Zoids figurine from the parts found in its model kit, except that you have to print out the guitar pickup’s parts yourself.

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A guitar pickup typically consists of a bar magnet with fine wire coiled thousands of times around it. So those who are interested in 3-D printing and assembling this guitar pickup better mentally prepare themselves for some tedious work. The files and 3-D models required for printing these guitar pickup parts can be downloaded from Thingiverse, a website dedicated to the sharing of user-created digital design files.

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Step-by-step construction of the 3D-printed pickup

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3D printing, also known as “additive manufacturing,” is the process of constructing a solid object of virtually any shape from a digital model. During the printing process, successive layers of material are laid down in different shapes. This procedure differs from traditional manufacturing techniques, which generally create objects by removing portions of some raw material through subtractive processes such as cutting or drilling.

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Although there has been a lot of hype surrounding the 3-D printer, it is currently one of those commercial novelties that is not owned by most consumers. Just like the Segway, the 3-D printer has so far appealed to a very niche audience and is not as appealing to the masses as something like the tablet PC has been.

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It remains to be seen if the 3-D printer will have a greater impact on modern civilization than just granting DIY musicians the capability to print small music instrument parts. Still, the idea that musicians might be able to 3-D print more complicated instrument parts like guitar fretboards and bodies in the near future is awesome.

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