3D printed spider guitar will make an arachnophile out of you

first_imgAll the would-be guitar heroes in our audience will appreciate the instrument that’s pictured above. Looking like something straight out of an Alice Cooper tour, the ODD Spider isn’t only an awesome looking guitar, but one that had its body created entirely on a 3D printer (the neck and strings are manufactured normally). If you look closely you can see realistic looking (read: bad for my arachnophobia) black-widow spiders crawling inside the “webs” that make up the main portion of the stringed instrument. If you weren’t afraid of spiders before seeing this, you may be now… or you might have a whole new appreciation for the intricacy and beauty of the web structure.Created and printed by Olaf Diegel, a professor of mechtronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, the Spider is pretty unique in the guitar world. Diegel designed the body as one individual piece, meaning that his EOS Formiga P100 3D printer created what you see above in just one printing session. That’s pretty amazing considering the level of detail that is in the spider logo and the crawling arachnids hidden within.Being an avid fan of 3D printing, Diegel embarked on this particular project to show that complex pieces of equipment could indeed be made. He says on his site that the Spider can be made out of two different substances: Polyamide 2200 that can be dyed any color you wish or Alumide which is silver-gray in color and is a bit stronger. Due to the design of the body, this isn’t an instrument that you want to be throwing around or smashing into the floor a la Pete Townshend. I’m pretty sure it won’t stand up to that kind of abuse!If you’re looking to pick up one of these for your next tour or gig, Diegel does say on his site that they are taking inquiries about custom designs. Don’t expect this to be a small investment however, as I’m sure something this specialized is going to be a bit steep. But if that tax return is burning a hole in your pocket and you want to be able to say that you own a piece of guitar history (as far as 3D printing is concerned), go for it!Odd.org.nz via The Gadgeteer.last_img