World’s first 3D printed smashed-proof guitar ever made

World’s first 3D printed smashed-proof guitar ever made

The 3D print­ing tech­nol­o­gy is slow­ly, but sure­ly, tak­ing over the world. With the devel­op­ment of this type of tech­nol­o­gy, the world has dis­cov­ered a new, eas­i­er way to pro­duce things with­out much effort. One of the best inno­va­tions in music indus­try is a 3D print­ed gui­tar which is smash-proof. 

For those who are not that famil­iar with this cut­ting-edge tech­nol­o­gy,  here is a quick overview. 3D print­ing tech­nol­o­gy is the process of build­ing three-dimen­sion­al objects from a com­put­er-made design mod­el. With the devel­op­ment of this tech­nol­o­gy, peo­ple nowa­days are able to print many inno­v­a­tive things or improved ver­sions of the already exist­ing items.  In fact, more and more busi­ness­es are using 3d print­ing tech­nol­o­gy as part of their dai­ly oper­a­tion.

Big com­pa­nies like Sand­vik use large indus­tri­al 3D print­ers by com­pa­nies such as Strata­sys oder 3D Sys­tems. These are very expen­sive 3D print­ers which most peo­ple can­not afford for them­selves. How­ev­er, you can use ser­vices as by Shape­ways, buy a small plas­tic 3D print­er or even build a DIY-Print­er your­self.

That is also the case of Swedish met­al giant Sand­vik. The com­pa­ny  man­aged to pro­duce what they call “the world’s first smash-proof 3D print­ed gui­tar”. 

World’s first 3D printed smashed-proof guitar ever made

World’s first 3D print­ed smashed-proof gui­tar ever made

Which material the 3D printing technology used to create this guitar?

Made of tita­ni­um pow­der, the guitar’s body was made by using a Direct Met­al Laser Sin­ter­ing 3D print­er. While the body of the gui­tar was made by lay­ers, the guitar’s neck and fret­board were machined by Sand­vik Coro­mant. The mate­r­i­al they used this time was recy­cled stain­less steel. 

When it comes to the back of the gui­tar, it is hol­lowed out from the inside and is only 11 mm thick in some places. Final­ly, the gui­tars’ vol­ume knobs and tail­piece which anchor the strings, were also the pro­duc­tion of 3D print­ing

Addi­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing allows us to build high­ly com­plex designs in small pro­duc­tion runs. It lets us cre­ate lighter, stronger and more flex­i­ble com­po­nents with inter­nal struc­tures that would be impos­si­ble to mill tra­di­tion­al­ly. And it is more sus­tain­able because you only use the mate­r­i­al you need for the com­po­nent, min­i­miz­ing waste.” – stat­ed Amelie Nor­r­by, one of the man­u­fac­tur­ing engi­neers at Sand­vik. 

Who had the honor to try to smash it?

In order to prove the resis­tance of their incred­i­ble smash resis­tance gui­tar, Sand­vik called the pop­u­lar rock-star Yng­wie Malm­steen to smash it! Mal­steen is a famous Swedish met­al leg­end who is known for his wild per­for­mances in which smash­ing gui­tars is a tra­di­tion.  In fact, dur­ing his around 40-years career, Yng­wie Malm­steen is known to have smashed prob­a­bly a hun­dred gui­tars. 

Malm­steen had the hon­or to smash the gui­tar in front of a crowd in a rock-bar near Mia­mi. How­ev­er, he did not man­age to destroy it. 

This gui­tar is a beast! Sand­vik is obvi­ous­ly on top of their game. They put the work in, they do their hours, I can relate to that. The result is amaz­ing. I gave every­thing I had, but it was impos­si­ble to smash.” – explained Malm­steen after he gave his very best to destroy this un-destroy­able gui­tar. 

Sand­vik made a col­lab­o­ra­tion with the well-known gui­tar design­er Andy Holt, who forms part of Drew­man Gui­tars. That helped in order to help them meet Malmsteen’s wild per­for­mance on stage. 

Impressed by the gui­tar, Holt revealed that the gui­tar is tru­ly a work of art and that there is not a sin­gle part of it that has been made befor. He even added that one can freely use a ham­mer and the gui­tar would not break. Sand­vik made the neck and main hub of the body as one piece which is the weak­est point of all the gui­tars.

Sandvik’s major chal­lenge was to strength­en the fret and the neck as they extend­ed into the guitar’s body. With this, the super-light lat­tice struc­ture was sand­wiched between the guitar’s neck and fret­board.  Amaz­ing­ly, this  3D print­ing tech­nol­o­gy inno­va­tion made from hyper-duplex steel is a lat­tice struc­ture. This is the strongest in the world for a giv­en weight. 


In oth­er words, the Swedish giant Sand­vik made a real step for­ward not only in the music indus­try. Also in the 3D print­ing tech­nol­o­gy by intro­duc­ing this unde­stroy­able gui­tar. By cre­at­ing this inno­v­a­tive gui­tar, they once again proved that the 3D print­ing tech­nol­o­gy is the future of the world.

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