The 3D Printed Ukulele


The creator of everyone’s favorite slic3r – [Alessandro Ranellucci] – has been hard at work putting his 3D modeling skills to the test. He’s created a ukulele that’s nearly entirely 3D printed (Google translation). Everything on the uke, short of the strings and tuning pegs came from a MendelMax 3D printer, all without any support material at all.

In the video, [Alessandro] and uke virtuoso [Jontom] show off how this instrument was put together and how good it can sound. The body of the uke is made of two parts, and the neck – three parts including the headstock and fretboard – all fit together with surprisingly traditional methods. A dovetail joint connects the neck to the body and a tongue and groove-like joint holds the headstock to the neck.

[Allessandro] puts the print time of all the uke parts at about 120 under 20 hours and about 20 Euros worth of plastic. As far as ukuleles go, this sounds just as good as the average instrument, but [Jontom] says the action is a little bit high. That’s why files were invented, we guess.

Thanks [iant] for sending this one in.


  1. I think he said “under 20 hours” not 120 hours. ~3:20 in the video.

  2. Jimmy says:

    I think he says ‘under 20 hours’

  3. aztraph says:

    Got a pretty good sound too

  4. Hirudinea says:

    Making the ukulele cool again! What? It wasn’t cool before? Making the ukulele cool! Still that’s a pretty good sounding uke and it was a clever design, no support material needed. So when is he printing a guitar? Is his printer big enough?

  5. hans says:

    Oh my god it’s going to destroy the audio cd market! Ban 3D printers

  6. Isma says:

    I think is the italian pronunciation for “hundred twenty hours”, also taking into account the size of the pieces should be much more than 20 hours.

  7. Wow, thanks for publishing this! Yes, it took less than 20 hours to print.

    I just translated the blog post to English. The key point here was to inspire people to start making open source musical instruments, which is even cooler than 3D printed musical instruments!

  8. Thanks guys for the post. Like Alessandro said, it would be pretty interesting to start developing open source musical instruments. I’m thinking about luthiers and musicians printing new solutions before applying them to traditional guitar making. It would certainly help the research. Not to mention the fact that actually a 3D printed instrument looks pretty cool, indeed!

  9. Simonious says:

    Nice going!

  10. u says:

    ooover the taaaaaaaaaainboooooooow
    Sounds good.

  11. ravyne says:

    This is an outrage! Uke control is a serious issue. And now any nutbag with access to a 3D printer is free to stroll right on past security checkpoints and pepper unsuspecting crowds with ironically bad uke covers of Green Day songs. Won’t someone please think of the children!

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