Monday, 20 May 2013

Olaf Diegel

This is the kind of ODD that we need more of in the world.
 
Spider LP 3D Printed Guitar - http://www.odd.org.nz/spiderlp.html

Spider LP 3D Printed Guitar detail
Olaf Diegel is a professor of mechatronics at Massey University in Auckland.  "Mechatronics" is such a cool word.  I hope that a me in a parallel universe somewhere is hands on mad on mechatronics.  But back to Olaf who is by far more interesting as a design engineer with an expertise in digital fabrication, namely 3D printing.  He is best known for his insanely intricate, custom 3D printed guitars which cannot be manufactured by any conventional method.  I think I first came across his inspiring work on the Ponoko blog.  Last week he was interviewed on Radio NZ, and it was one of the most interesting interviews I've heard on the programme.  Of course, I'm passionate about the topic, but the man's enthusuasm for his work and innovation is absolutely contageous!  I really should get back into CAD modeling.
Scarab 3D printed Guitar - http://www.odd.org.nz/scarab.html
I love Olaf's tagline "ODD designs weird stuff, usually manufactured through 3D printing"

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