“Massachusetts-based ‘maker of anything’ Brian Chan is typically known for his complex origami work. Now he has taken his fascination with the traditional japanese art of paper folding, drawing on it’s technical characteristics, to create the laser-cut folding ukelele. The 3D object consists of multiple flat pieces that need to fit together precisely to create the functional musical instrument.”
Pretty impressive. What is most interesting, for me, is the decisions and sacrifices he has made to the product in order to make it actually work. It is intended for travel, to faciliate “emergency music-making” on road trips etc, and as a result its compact size (just 13 inches) and lightweight material (bamboo) makes for a quieter instrument - about half as loud as a similar soprano ukelele. Chan says “I also feel that a newfangled folding instrument will be less likely to invoke the disapproval of strict traditionalists, which is always just plain silly.”
Intended to be made into a product item, its uses a polygonal design with 90 and 120 degrees only - even for the frets. The top version is based on a hexagonal design which is apparently “one the most beautiful of the polygons”.
Perhaps so, Brian, but I personally prefer the box version (the lower 3 images).