Student plucks guitar from 3D printer in Toowoomba
CONCORDIA Lutheran College student Caleb Loughlin has left many in disbelief with his working 3D-printed electric guitar.
The talented Year 10 student constructed the body of the electric guitar in four parts, each taking about 24 hours to print using the school's new equipment.
It was then pieced together with pins as part of the design, before the wiring and neck were added.
Mr Loughlin said while he had been playing acoustic guitar for only two years, he wanted to prove he could take on the challenge to build the electric instrument.
"I'll probably build a few more now I know how it works," he said.
"I had a few problems along the way, when you're working with hot plastic; it's not an exact science."
Technology head of department Mark Carlile said the guitar was deserving of the A it received.
He said with the future of manufacturing changing, 3D printing was offering a cheaper alternative to low-run parts.
Concordia Lutheran College upgraded from a 3D printer they had for a number of years that could printed up to 10cm2.
The larger printer offers 20x30x20cm prints, giving students the chance to get creative and design bigger products.
"We've built flat bed cars, parts for building cranes, new parts for machinery that were broken and even a full robot," he said.
"Caleb's guitar really was a work of art, he knew exactly what he was doing and he stuck with it."
The project required students to design something they needed or wanted.
Mr Loughlin is taking his interest in design and mechanics to begin an apprenticeship in metal fabrication.