3DLI Has Created the World's First Functional 3D-Printed Sitars

By: Rahul Kalvapalle - Mar 23, 2016
References: 3dli.au & gizmag
Sitars are some of the most beautiful and intricately designed musical instruments out there. Staples of classical Indian music, these complicated and gorgeous-sounding acoustic instruments are traditionally made by highly skilled craftsmen who make use of materials such as metal and wood. Now however, Australia-based 3DLI has managed to employ the wonders of 3D printing to create the world's first working 3D-printed sitar.

Developed in collaboration with the Victoria, Australia-based Mat Creedon School of Music, the 3D-printed sitar was created by first borrowing CAD modeling cues from a regular sitar.

The neck and body of the resulting 1.2 meter-long sitar is made up of printed components that are welded together, with the 3D-printed tuning pegs placed at their appropriate positions on the neck.

Not only is this 3D-printed sitar a beautiful creation, but it speaks to how 3D printing can be used to faithfully reconstruct traditionally handmade instruments.