Professor Olaf Diegel is getting the band back together, and he's using 3D printing to make the scene.
A 49 year-old New Zealander, Diegel, balancing his interests in rock and roll and the technical side of electronics and 3D printing, has unveiled his latest pet project – a whimsical keyboard he's calling The LadyBug.
Diegel is a Professor of Mechatronics (a combination of mechanical, electronic and software engineering) at Massey University in Auckland, and his beautifully-crafted, 3D-printed guitars made a bit of a splash earlier this year.
The LadyBug, along with a 3D printed drum kit, guitars and basses, were all on display at the 3D Systems booth at Euromold.
"The Ladybug 3D printed keyboard is a Yamaha P35 digital piano with a nature-inspired 3D printed shell," Diegel said. "The material being used for the keyboard is Duraform PA, which is a very strong form of Nylon."
Diegel says his keyboard was printed, via Selective Laser Sintering, by 3D Systems on an sPro 230 SLS system. The resolution for the prints was 0.1mm, making each layer of the keyboard body strong enough to handle the worst a drunken roadie can throw at it in transit to the next gig.