CAD modeling archtop guitars

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Dean Coss
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CAD modeling archtop guitars

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I guess I get to be the first person to post in this new subforum! I have used Fusion 360 for a while but I never really took a liking to it, but I just started using Solidworks recently and I love it. I’ve been looking around online for a tutorial on how to model an archtop guitar (specifically the body) and the only thing I could find was a crazy expensive DVD on the subject. I was wondering if anyone had any experience in this and would be willing to share their knowledge on the process.

Simon Magennis
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What do you consider "crazy expensive"? I had a search for DVD/downloads and the only ones I found were $120 & $160? I have no idea of whether the DVDs in question are good, bad, or indifferent. If they are OK, then they strike me as pretty good value.

I don't know if if any of the big DIY places in the US has anything similar. The French/International chain "LeRoy Merlin" has introduced 3D printing zones with machines where you can bring along you ideas and print them on the machines there getting help from the staff for every step of the process. I know CAD and 3D printing are not quite the same thing but modelling behind each must be pretty much the same, just the production is reversed - cutting instead of adding. Just a thought.

Dean Coss
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Yes, those are probably the same DVD’S that I came across. I just thought the prices were high for an instructional video. I am just surprised that I can’t find specific information like this for free online. I didn’t even see anything on Youtube either.

Simon Magennis
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I would saw the norm for instructional DVDs in the guitar building is $250+
When you said expensive I was envisioning $750 or something like that. :-)

If I were interested in the subject, my only question would be if the material is good or now. Of the expensive luthier books I bought where I had "sticker shock" and postponed buying for years, my only regrets were that I hadn't bought them when I first got the idea. However, both had top class reviews and the authors had a profile as builders and had already published either you tube videos or articles that were available to you could get an idea.

I haven't looked in these DVDs beyond doing a quick search. I don't know enough about the theme to make any judgement based on the descriptions. I know so little that I don't have any clue about little I know. :-)

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