Maton Guitars Integrating Additive Manufacturing Technology
Established in the early 1940’s, Maton is Australia’s longest running and most successful guitar manufacturer.
In recent years, Maton have explored new shapes, materials and specifications through their research and development. One of the outcomes being the integration of Additive Manufacturing with their conventional processes to manufacture a new bridge pin design.
When Maton approached Formero, we were able to take the part beyond prototyping. Peter Canfield, Formero’s National Sales Manager said, “We were able to take advantage of the design freedom that AM allows and reduce the tolerance requirements of the pin and then trial the new pin configuration across a range of 3D technologies.”
For Maton, their project was ideally suited for HP’s Multi-Jet Fusion (MJF) 3D printing. With production quantities less than 3,000 units a year, the MJF parts contained the necessary strength to secure the ball-ends of the guitar strings behind the bridge plate without impacting on the fundamental pitch of the guitar.
The MJF 3D printed pins provided a much more cost-competitive result and reduced their previous CNC machining lead times from several weeks to a matter of days. Enabling Maton to adopt an on-demand production model to minimise their inventory cost.
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