A Sandvik engineer tests the strength of the guitar.
A Sandvik engineer tests the strength of the guitar.

Hardmetal specialist has developed a 3D printed electric guitar that it says is ‘unsmashable’.

The company said that this was achieved by eliminating the joint between the neck and body with the neck and fretboard milled in one machine from solid bars of recycled stainless steel. Sandvik Coromant was able to simulate milling digitally before the first cut was made, enabling the correct choice of tools, saving manufacturing time.

The body was 3D printed using fine titanium powder, fusing layers of material one on top of the other.

‘Additive manufacturing lets us create lighter, stronger and more flexible components with internal structures that would be impossible to mill traditionally,’ said Amelie Norrby, an additive manufacturing engineer who participated in the guitar project.

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