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Need a Guitar? Just Print One Out.

Thanks to the wonders of technology and some creative minds, it is now possible to use 3-D printing to make guitars, according to The Guardian. Olaf Diegel, a professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland, New Zealand, uses computer-assisted design (CAD) software to design electric guitars. He then "prints" the designs in a single piece on an EOS 3-D printer, which uses plastic or metal powder (instead of ink) and heat to create a three-dimensional object. Diegel told The Guardian that he cannot make wooden acoustic instruments with his 3-D printer because the printer is both too small and uses only plastic and metal. Read more: How 3-D Printing is Revolutionising Guitar-Making (Guardian)