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Jeffelele
03-30-2018, 08:59 PM
Iím wondering about itís possibilities. 3D printed maybe. Stronger and lighter than wood. Pre-made, less mass, less weight.

What do you think?

Jerryc41
03-31-2018, 01:04 AM
I’m wondering about it’s possibilities. 3D printed maybe. Stronger and lighter than wood. Pre-made, less mass, less weight.

What do you think?

Pretty soon, we'll be designing and printing our own ukuleles. Will they be any good? Probably not.

EDW
03-31-2018, 01:36 AM
People are already doing it


https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=150&v=mYELB1JSxvE

Just as there are plastic and carbon fiber instruments that sound and play quite well, it is only a matter of time. Will it sound like wood? Likely not, but that is ok. Heck, some wood instruments don't sound so good.

Jeffelele
03-31-2018, 01:31 PM
Both above are right. I was thinking of operations like K brands where the uku’s would still be made out of wood but carbon fiber braces could save on time thus money while benefiting the product without changing its basic nature.

As far as the end-user making the entire instrument with 3-D printing I would think that at some point you would be able to buy or just download specs that you program in.

If specs were made available on existing currently made ukes that might make for interesting lawsuits although some other product would likely test the waters first but what about Martins where many luthiers currently make copies?

Uke Don
03-31-2018, 02:56 PM
There has been some use of carbon fiber as a bridge plate. And obviously plenty as a neck stiffener. Braces would be an interesting experiment.

neo1022
04-01-2018, 06:18 AM
There has been some use of carbon fiber as a bridge plate. And obviously plenty as a neck stiffener. Braces would be an interesting experiment.

I'm pretty sure Blackbird uses carbon fibre for the internal braces and bridge patch. Body is ekoa.

UkerDanno
04-01-2018, 06:35 AM
I'm not an expert in carbon fiber, but I don't think you can 3D print carbon fiber. But the carbon fiber bracing idea might be a good...:confused: