We’ve been caught in Lund University professor Olaf Diegel’s creative web ever since first covering the 3D-printed Spider electric guitar back in 2012. Since then, he’s kitted out a live rock band and dabbled in smooth jazz with the help of a printed saxophone.
Now he’s discovered Heavy Metal with what’s billed as the world’s first 3D-printed aluminum guitar.
The Heavy Metal guitar has been designed to fully test the capabilities of metal additive manufacturing. Diegel opted to make his first foray into metal additive manufacturing a complex piece, designing a Telecaster-shaped body that’s home to barbed wire front and back, with the barbs facing away from the player so as not to cause harm, and metal rose blooms inside the barbed cage.