Olaf Diegel is the brains behind Olaf Diegal Designs (ODD), a pet project that’s grown into a full-blown design venture for the Lund University professor. Among the most eye-catching items is the Skeletor 3D printed Microphone, a sneering, skull-shaped piece that’s possibly the ultimate microphone for Ozzy Osbourne, Diegel reckons.
According to the ODD creator, designing a microphone shaped like a skull was a natural decision. “I was looking for something cool to design as a good additive manufacturing demonstration piece, and [3D printing veteran] Terry Wohlers suggested I design an unusual microphone,” Diegel writes on his website.
Since one of Diegel’s favourite 3D printed guitar designs is the Spider, which he notes has a “slightly heavy-metal feel,” the Swedish maker felt his new microphone should be designed for the hard-rock musician that would be most likely to play that guitar. Thus, the Skeletor mic was born.
The entire microphone was designed in Solidworks, which Diegel notes is key in demonstrating the possibility of designing ‘organic’ shapes with engineering CAD software. In that sense, the skull shape had a double function: testing the limits of 3D modelling tools, while showing that you don’t have to sacrifice your own sense of personal style in process.
Diegel made use of an old Sure Sm58 microphone he had lying around, resourcefully using its microphone capsule and XLR connector for the first iteration of the Skeletor.