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Reverse Engineer my guitar neck

Reverse Engineer my guitar neck

Reverse Engineer my guitar neck

Hi everyone, I tried it all, I had this neck digital scanned but I can't machine some of it because of the faceted surfaces over running other ones. Any help would be great.

RE: Reverse Engineer my guitar neck

This is the area I would like a solid so I could hemstitch it without running up over the headstock and foot where the triangle surfaces overhang.

RE: Reverse Engineer my guitar neck

Neck has pretty simple shape so you can reverse engineer the whole neck and not just particular part.
Have you tried to create a solid?

Jenia Ladkov

RE: Reverse Engineer my guitar neck

I tried it all, ha ha. Solidworks, Meshcam Geomagic Freecad Catia Mastercam AutoCAD Hypermesh and Maya, I even tried some take 100 pics of it and it will be a solid software. Any help will be great. This is my Catia attempt with auto surface recognition.

RE: Reverse Engineer my guitar neck

Here's my humble input:

I am (was) a part-time luthier, using CNC to do my parts.

Best approach is to do a full reverse engineering process, and go section by section.

Rebuild contour, headstock, neck profile sections (1st fret, 12th, heel) etc etc.

The real plus side, is that you can do each section of your neck parametric, and link a CATProcess to it.

I had it configured like that, basicaly you edit a profile section (say you want a Fender Eric Clapton V-shape neck).

So, edit profile, update model. Update process. Output APT. Post-process, and get G-Code. CNC machine.

Same applie to scale length, width at nut, heel...you could even configure patterns in catia to have 6, 7, and 8 string models that would uptade automaticaly.

Rinse and repeat.

RE: Reverse Engineer my guitar neck

Thank you Daniel, I have the blueprints for it all but I'm sure I won't be able to nail the Volute radiuses, and intersect them.I can also do a silhouette boundary as shown below and build, but still can't do the transitions 2 rail sweeps or something, too tough for me.

RE: Reverse Engineer my guitar neck

I have quite a few 3D models, if ever you're interested shoot me a PM.

We might work something out.

I can also draw you the 3D if you'd like. Volutes we're my thing :)

RE: Reverse Engineer my guitar neck

I'm not sure how to send a pm on here Daniel, but here is a better blueprint. I don't need the fretboard, just the neck. In fact, all I really need is the back radius side of the neck and volute's matching my neck to head and heel sides. Something like below only just where the cutter needs to go on the radiuses.

RE: Reverse Engineer my guitar neck

Humm... true.

shoot me an email then :


RE: Reverse Engineer my guitar neck

Message sent, Daniel.

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