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Creating a Guitar Body with RhinoCAM

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Learn to use RhinoCAM to model a guitar body for fabrication in a CNC mill.

Interested in making your own instruments? Or do you want to see how computer-aided fabrication results in real-world products? This course is for you. Educator/DIY engineer Taylor Hokanson demonstrates how to use RhinoCAM to prepare a 3D model of an electric guitar body/neck for later fabrication on a CNC mill. This project covers a variety of techniques, including flip milling, profiling, pocketing, horizontal roughing, and parallel finishing, and shows how to adjust the model to account for third-party components like pickups.


  • Welcome
  • What you should know before watching this course
  • Using the exercise files
1. Setting Up the Guitar Body Model
  • Customizing individual features of the model
  • Setting stock, location, and size
  • Adding bridges to the body
  • Preparing the model for flipping
2. Milling the Guitar: Front Side
  • Drilling for the control cavities and neck
  • Simulating an individual toolpath
  • Pocketing for the control cavities
  • Roughing out the control cavities
  • Running a finishing pass
3. Milling the Guitar: Back Side
  • Toolpathing the back side of the guitar body
  • Simulating multiple toolpaths
  • Exporting G-Code to the CNC mill
4. Incorporating the Neck and Headstock
  • Toolpathing the back of the neck and headstock
  • Toolpathing the front of the neck and headstock
  • Adding bridges to the neck
  • Next steps

Taught by

Taylor Hokanson

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