Kenny Lee Lewis of the Steve Miller Band Jams Out With 3D Printed Guitar Designed by Olaf Diegel

IMTS

Share this Article

lewisfeaturedWhen it comes to 3D printed musical instruments, a man named Olaf Diegel stands out from the rest. He a fellow who has been in the news quite a bit lately thanks to his intricately designed instruments. Back in July Diegel 3D printed a playable Saxophone after being challenged by 3D Systems’ CEO Avi Reichental.

“I’ve been collaborating with 3D Systems on all my instruments,” explained Diegel to 3DPrint.com. “Undoubtedly, there is a difference in sound between a plastic and a metal instrument, but it’s hard to say that one sounds worse, or better, than the other. My suspicion is that it has a lot more to do with the player than the instrument.”

It’s not just a saxophone that Diegel has designed though. In fact, he has had a hand in creating 3D printed guitars, keyboards, drums and more. Back in September, the world’s first 3D printed live concert took place in Sweden using Diegel’s 3D printed instruments.

The Americana Guitar

The Americana Guitar

Probably the most famous and desirable of Diegel’s designs are those of his 3D printed guitars, which can be purchased for between $3,000 and $4,000 on Cubify. At CES 2015, I had the opportunity to see these guitars first hand, as they were exhibited on the showroom floor. I also was able to witness Stevie Wonder take a few strums himself on this beautiful instrument.

Also on hand at the 3D Systems booth at CES, was another famed musician. Kenny Lee Lewis, the longtime guitarist-turned-bassist for the Steve Miller Band, also got to try out one of 3D Systems’ printed guitars. In doing so, he played one of the band’s greatest hits, Fly Like An Eagle, hitting every note and sounding as if he were putting on a concert for thousands of fans at Madison Square Garden. 3D Systems’ CEO Avi Reichental even got his groove on with some head bobbing and singing of his own.

lewis4

The guitar which Lewis played, is called the Americana and it features a homage to New York City within its body. Inside of the guitar includes 3D renderings/prints of the Chrysler Building, Brooklyn Bridge, Empire State Building, Statue of Liberty, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Staten Island Ferry, and Robert Indiana’s Love sculpture. Priced at $4,000, it’s not an instrument just any musician can afford, but one that many would love to have the opportunity to play.  Check out the video of Lewis and Reichental performing their *duet* below.

3D Systems tells 3DPrint.com that Lewis is such a fan of these 3D printed guitars, that he has his very own Hive Guitar, also designed by Diegel and 3D printed by 3D Systems. He uses it on the road with the Steve Miller Band. So next time you are at one of their concerts, keep an eye out for Lewis’s 3D printed guitar (pictured below)

lewis8

What do you think about Olaf Diegel’s 3D printed instruments? Discuss in the 3D Printed Guitar forum thread on 3DPB.com.  Check out some more photos of Lewis jamming out below.

lewis2

lewis3

lewis5

[image source: 3DSystems]

Share this Article


Recent News

3D Printing News Briefs, April 20, 2024: Manufacturing 4.0 Consortium, Blow Molding, & More

EOS & AMCM Join Forces with University of Wolverhampton to Establish UK Centre of Excellence for Additive Manufacturing



Categories

3D Design

3D Printed Art

3D Printed Food

3D Printed Guns


You May Also Like

Sponsored

Why Corrosive Resistant Materials Are Important to the Success of 3D Printing Across Industries

The adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) is accelerating across many major industries. As this technological shift unfolds, the importance of corrosion resistance has emerged as a challenge for 3D printing...

America Makes Announces IMPACT 2.0: $6.6M in New 3D Printing Funding

America Makes, the Manufacturing Innovation Institute (MII) based in Youngstown, Ohio, has announced IMPACT (Improvement in Manufacturing Productivity via Additive Capabilities and Techno-Economic Analysis) 2.0, a project call which will...

3D Printing Webinar and Event Roundup: April 14, 2024

We’re starting off the week’s 3D printing webinars and events at ASTM AMCOE’s 11th Snapshot Workshop and MACH Exhibition. Stratasys continues its advanced training courses, SME is holding a virtual...

AMUK Welcomes Airframe Designs as British 3D Printing Industry Grows

While the UK is not the hub for 3D printer and materials manufacturers as other nations, the country continues to excel at the research, development, and application of additive manufacturing...