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The design of musical instruments using advanced composite materials seeks to find new uses for the unique properties offered by composites. By taking advantage of a unique combination of structural and acoustic properties in combination, it is hoped that composites can imitate, or even improve upon, traditional handcrafted instruments.


Finite element model of stresses in a composite guitar and three contour plots of vibration mode shapes


Natural Fiber Ukulele


The first completed project in this domain has been the design of a natural fiber composite ukelele. This unique instrument is available from the Zen Store on this website. Wind instrument manufacturers interested in the development of composite parts for there own instruments are invited to contact us. Our experience gained through the design and fabrication of saxophone necks may be used for other parts such as saxophones and brass bells and even complete instruments.



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