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September 4, 2014 AT 8:30 am

Dean Miller – ServoBender: Electronic Pedal Steel + Guitar Hybrid #3DxMusic #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Today on our weekly live 3D Hangouts, we will be sharing a short “Field Guide” to celebrate the many ways that desktop 3D printing has entered into the area of music today. Here’s a quick roundup of a few other #3DxMusic projects that caught our interest to whet your appetite!


Dean Miller, part of Adafruit’s WebDev team, has another obsession beyond code: designing performing custom electronic instruments! (Double points for swirling an Arduino and 3D printer into the mix.)

Check out a video with him performing on his own instrument to hear the unique sound he can pull from his electronic hybrid pedal steel plus “normal” guitar!

While this is not a predominantly 3D printed instrument, it was crucial to the process of iterating and experimentation to execute the crucial servo-bendy mechanic with 3D printed parts printed.

I built this guitar with 4 servo motors controlled by foot pedals that bend the the A, D, G, and B strings. Unfortunately I couldn’t get a good angle for the video where you could see the foot pedals, but here is an album of the build with more info if anyone is interested.

And also the source code for the microcontroller available here.

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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

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