My wife is into 3D printing and has designed a variety of things for printing with our home printer and also for professional printers. We are considering designing a bachi that can be printed with special flexible plastic. I'm not sure if it will work, but we're willing to try. Has anyone here heard of anyone attempting to create or successfully creating 3D printed bachi, before?
I'm no expert on 3D printing, nor do I personally have experience with printing a bachi, but there's a few forum topics over the past few years that might help, if you haven't read them. Some things to keep in mind seem to be making sure the bachi is smooth, and that the plastic you use isn't going to wear down with heavy use, especially if you would like to use it for tsugaru.
I am new to shamisen but have built and used 3d printers since the wooden printrbot. You can absolutely do this - the critical thing I think you touched on is the material. I am still waiting on my first shamisen so I don't even know how much curvature there is in a bachi but you may need to just use a lot of “support.”
Once I get more comfortable with shamisen, I'll be checking into this post and will also share and STL files I come up with.
I got bored so I started checking out thingiverse for anythign shamisen related and sure enough, someone's already done a bachi …