In the early days of 3D printing, no one even imagined that this technology will achieve what it did in today’s era. Back then, the object you got from the printer was usually some sort of bulky plastic thinga design prototype, for example, used as a visual guide before building the actual product. Now that the technology is more accurate, we can print smaller, more intricately detailed objects.
Their first 3D printed clothing line is called the N12 Bikini (N12 stands for Nylon 12, the material it’s made of). The bikini is formed with an equation called circle packing; in other words, it’s made entirely with small connected circles that an algorithm adjusts based on the curvature of the shape- the larger the curve, the smaller the circles. Truly unbelievable.
I know it is difficult to imagine Guitar and 3D printing but read this completely. Since about the twelfth century, guitars-or at least their predecessors-have been made out of wood. More recently, plastic has also been used, but the construction process is the same in either case. It’s subtractive, meaning that something is taken away to get the right shape. You start with a big block of wood, and after carving it, you end up with a part for the guitar.
3D printing, on the other hand, is additive-it’s built up layer by layer into the right shape with material that later turns into a solid. With that process, you can make almost anything-even the near-perfect acoustic shape of a guitar. This guitar is a great example; it was printed by Scott Summi, and is the first of its kind. Every part of it was printed except the neck and the strings, and it took about two hours to complete. So, yes, now you can relate both these things.