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The Black Widow 3D Printed Guitar

by TechSupportGo Oct 13, 2015
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i probably wont ever make this but it looks cool af

I would love to know more about your truck bed liner process. Which brand did you use? Do you know how much thickness it added to the surface? I could watch a whole video just on that process and the strength added to the components!

hey i was wondering if it would be possible to covert this design to fit bass hardware

what did everyone do about the neck plate? just remove the material where neck plate should go? (new to 3d printing and not a musician I am making this for someone. Yes I am going to have my guitarist friend to help with the electronics. I don't want to blow anyone up lol). Thanks in advance for any help.

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Ill let you know in three years when im done printing it

Thanks for this design. It's awesome. Has anyone run into trouble getting a strat style neck to fit? Mine sticks up about a quarter inch above the guitar body like the pocket isn't deep enough. Also, how did you attach the neck? Standard backing plat and screws or some other way?

Anyone got any tips on orientation for printing this ?

is this a challenge to build?

how many spools of filliment?

I would plan on using two. I used a little less than two but it will also depend on your settings (infill % for example). Good luck!

I'm about to embark on this print. Biggest print to date I think.
Before I start, are the models already in the best orientation for printing or is there a better way?

Thank you for this thing! Thumbs up to you!

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I have a few questions

  1. How long did this take to print?
  2. How much did it cost to print? Or how much filament did it use to make this?
  3. Where does someone get the parts that you can't print?

I'm thinking about print this myself since I collect guitars. And I'm wondering how it will look with glow in the dark filament.

Hey cura9,

  1. In total, I would estimate it took about 100 hours of print time. I printed the center pieces at 100% infill and they took 24+ hours each printing at 60mm/s.
  2. I used a little less than two rolls. Your cost will depend on the type of filament. For me, to print the body was about $40.
  3. Everything that isn't printed, you can find in a lot of places online. eBay, Amazon and Ail Express are a good place to start.

Good luck!

Hey what the best way to put a strap on this guitar i don't see any pegs for a strap?


That should be easy to add. On my normal guitars the strap holder thing is on the bottom and on the big bump next to the neck. The third picture actually has it. It looks like he used a metal one. But I don't see why you can't just print your own. I would recommend make it in a way that you can replace if needed

Ever thought about friction welding the parts?

ever thought about not

Why such a low poly mesh? You can even see the faceting in your printed version.

how would i go about splitting the upper piece into 2 pieces? thanks.

The Black Widow 3d Printed Guitar REMIX for smaller beds found on #Thingiverse https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1623125

The Black Widow 3d Printed Guitar REMIX for smaller beds

thanks, did not see that one

has anyone adapted this for twin humbuckers? i love this but i would rather just gut the guitar i have already to test it out

This is Awesome, really looking to get started on it, Just a few things first.

First, do you know the specific type of neck as well as the types of pickups and electronic components? I like having all of the non-printable parts before i get printing.

hy =)
Can I print the guitar slightly smaller? I think 80%
(Because 100% is too big for my 3d printer.)

Hey. Could you please tell us the exact length of the neck of your guitar?

What neck did you use when building this?

It's the neck from a cheaply made strat knock off. I got the donor guitar from a pawn shop for $30

Hi Jessie
very good project and like you music helped me and help me again.
I would like to print your guitar but with 0ne humbucker on the bridge. Could you give me the 2 sources files (middle and neck) that I modify them or put online .stl if you want to do the work.
Thank you very much for your collaboration and good luck for the continuation. jérôme

You wrote "I used a fender style guitar for the donor neck and electronics"...
Was it Fender stratocaster style guitar ?

Can I get the guitar in an stl file that has it complete as on piece?

First off, awesome design. It really is a thing of beauty! I'm really interested in printing this awesome design. There's just one small issue...

I'm a lefty...

Can anyone tell me a way that I could mirror print in order to make it lefty friendly?! All help is greatly appreciated.

You can "flip" on whatever axis you like in "Slic3r" before you output to gcode

You can import the STLs into something like Tinkercad and use the Mirror function. Cura and Simplify3D also have a built in Mirror function but I prefer to do all my editing with the stl rather than during slicing.

Any chance you could upload a higher quality version? It looks like these parts are a little 'triangle-ly'

Thingiverse will not let me change my channel name. If I can't get it figured out I will have to start a new channel. Once that situation is resolved I will submit all the files I been hanging on to. Thanks for your interest.


First of all i coungratulate you for this awesome design, and secondly i want to ask you a question:

You have a bill of the other parts of the guitar?, i dont want to buy parts that not fit in the 3d model.

Thanks in advance.

Looks like a regular Strat setup to me, just look up the parts needed for a Strat and don't count the body

The Black Widow 3d Printed Guitar REMIX for smaller beds

thank you soo much you are a life saver

I'm looking to print this but i can't print the upper or lower.sli because its just a bit big is there andy chance you could make the upper and lower into 2 parts instead of single parts if you could this would be so helpful

Has anyone made a back cover plate for this yet?

I just need to string it up and test it but I was hoping to put a back cover on.

If no one has one yet I will be making something this weekend.

I have a back cover, I will upload it tonight!

How about that cover? :)

Back cover uploaded. Sorry took so long :)

I love it!!!!
Can I use MakerBot Z18 to complete it for entirety?
wwwwwwwwwww My English is poor,can u understand me~~~~~

How did you attach the neck to the body?

How many rolls of filament did you go through? I use Hatchbox to and love it, only ABS, have not tried PLA. Awesome work!!

i used about 1.76 rolls of PLA filament. so about 2 rolls

Thanks for the epoxy! is there any way to cut the stl file on solid works? the upper and lower are too big for our build plate, any suggestions?

Hey, I'm Gabe Stewart and we met at the Sands in Vegas this past weekend. I was wondering if you would be interested in some free filament still. Once again, I love the design! Feel free to email me at gabe@thefoxsmart.com to ask for more information. Our website is http://thefoxsmart.com/


Yes I would. Getting ready for another big project.

Has anybody made a version of this or any guitar printable on a printer 185 x 185 x185?

https://www.thingiverse.com/make:325403. This will print on your bed. Awesome little travel guitar

TRAVEL guitar 450mm

please i need this guitar and my printer is smaller than robo3d , im seriusly thinking in a build a new printer , for make this

Awesome guitar. My friend and i like the way you think.

I added a structural part here: http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1107250
and my finished build is here: http://www.thingiverse.com/make:166842
Rock and roll baby! ;)

Jesse, thank you so much for sharing your work. I'm honored to be able to enjoy this project.
It's a lot of work you gave freely and is very rewarding to build it. It is an amazing design. Well done sir!

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The Black Widow 3D Printed Guitar
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As a guitarist with 2 3D printers, I had to make this :)
I printed the lower left [red part in diagram] yesterday with standard Robo 3D R1 and blue PLA.
It ran for about 17hrs without any issues. I did enable support as MatterControl knows when to use it and when not to.
I'm printing the neck block today :) Thank you very much for posting this. I can't wait to have the full guitar.
My version will have one humbucker and no knobs. Always with the volume at '11' :)
I'll post it here in a few weeks when it's done. mine will have a microcontroller with blue leds fading in and out in random areas of the guitar body. Lots of fun with this one. Thanks again. Kevin

For anyone interested, I did not print this using a completely stock Robo R1. I also designed fan shrouds for my printer so it could handle bridging better before I started this project. Those files can be found here http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:821080 It's only fitting that the "Black Widow" helped in creating the "Widows Web"!!!

3D ROBO R1 Dual Fan Mount "Black Widow" 10mm and 20mm fan setups

This deserves to be featured by thingiverse.

That would be awesome! The Printer Company has asked for the guitar to showcase at next years CES. I am super excited.

Oh, Don't leave this in a car on a summer day. I have a white car, and I left some pieces in there,on a mid-august day in New England. I Came back out at lunch time to grab them and they had warped.

I hope someone prints this in ABS. I would like to know how the different material effects the build.

I was wondering how you print this?

If you are asking how I printed it, I put most of the details in the summery. If you are asking how you can print it I would need more information on the hardware and software you plan on using.