Band set to take to the stage with 3D-printed instruments

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New Zealand design engineer Olaf Diegel has 3D printed an electric guitar, bass, drum set and keyboard, which will be played live at the EuroMold design fair in Frankfurt.

The Atom drum kit.
(Credit: ODD Guitars)

3D-printed electric guitars and bass guitars are nothing new for Olaf Diegel, design engineer and professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand. Since 2011, he has been building gorgeously intricate electric instruments he calls ODD guitars using SLS printing to craft the body.

He then adds a mahogany or maple wood core, a wooden neck, tuning pegs, a bridge, pickups and controls for a fully playable instrument.

These guitars are available through Diegel's website — and now he's added two more to his range, with the four to be played together live on stage at the EuroMold design fair in Frankfurt on 3-6 December, by the 3D-printed Band (band name subject to change).

The Hive B Honeycomb bass guitar and Steampunk guitar (with moving gears in the body) will be joined by the Ladybug keyboard — a Yamaha P35 keyboard inside a 3D-printed chassis — and the Atom drum kit, a Sonor Smart Force kit with the shells replaced with 3D-printed ones.

We already know that ODD guitars sound pretty good, as per the video above; and we can't imagine that changing the body would elicit much change in the sound of an electric keyboard; but we would like to hear what the drums sound like. According to Diegel, they're not hugely different, though. He told Gizmag, "I was expecting the 3D print, and all the holes, to dramatically affect its acoustic properties, but there's little noticeable difference between it and the original kit."

The Ladybug keyboard.
(Credit: ODD Guitars)

The Hive B Les Paul-inspired bass guitar. If you look closely, you can see bees inside.
(Credit: ODD Guitars)

The Steampunk guitar, with moving gears. You can see them in action here.
(Credit: ODD Guitars)

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