Is it possible to build a zoybar guitar from scratch? What would be required to do this? I'm currently at university, so I have access to all the schools 3d-printers, laser cutters and machine shop. How difficult would it be to build a zoybar guitar from the CAD files? Would 3D printed parts be strong enough to support the tension on the strings, or would the parts need to be cast or milled?
I'm also not against just buying individual parts from zoybar.net that I can't make myself, but there doesn't seem to be an option to do this.
Thanks for your help and advice,
Zoybar can be made from scratch, but at the moment if you do it yourself it is not that cost effective.
Because of the metal strings tension all of the Zoybar parts are made from durable materials like aluminum, brass, steel and wood. 3D metal printing is available but the cost might not be that effective. Shapeways.com which partnered with Zoybar can provide you with such service:
Is it possible to buy individual parts for the guitars? Going over the CAD files, it appears I could probably make/acquire both parts of the main rail and fingerboard, as both are relatively simple parts. And I already have a set of pickups I plan on using. This just leaves the nut, bridge, machine heads, and Pickup enclosure. Is it possible to just purchase those parts from zoybar?
I wrote to support to ask about buying individual parts today - before I found this post...
Any updates about adding this feature at some point? Since all the parts exist separately, and I would not need any customization on your end, it would be really great to be able to buy separate parts. Many of the parts in the kit I just would not need. I would like to convert one of my existing guitars, so I have all the pickups already. I would also make my own body support parts, since theses will be custom designed to hold additional electronics. I also have access to CNC facilities, so some parts I would make locally, so that I could make some small changes.
So, I understand if this is not something you want to do, but if you decide to consider it, it would be a great benefit for some of your user base.
Thanks for all your hard work on a great product!
there are alternatives to metal 3d printing that could be cheaper
you can 3d print the zoybar parts in wax and cast them in lost wax process:
lost wax demo:
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