The incredible Folding Ukulele from ‘maker of anything’ Brian Chan

extraordinary project made with Ponoko Personal Factory

Every now and then something shows up in the Showroom that simply astounds everyone of us at Ponoko.

And the Folding Ukulele from artist, craftsman, and origami genius Brian Chan is exactly the kind of thing I’m talking about.

With his design already drafted, Brian got in touch with Josh, one of our Community Support Managers, to prototype his project using laser-cutting. As you can see, the design is pretty complex, consisting of multiple flat pieces that need to fit together perfectly to create not just a 3D object — but a musical one! Josh’s reaction to project when he saw the plans? 0_0

Get ready to be zero-eyed yourself when you see Brian’s ukulele in all of its foldable and musical glory:

When Dave ten Have, our CEO, saw the video and the project he was “totally stoked” and said “There is just something about that sort of idea that really speaks to the deep purpose of what we’re doing. It’s quirky and a little crazy, but it’s relevant to the creator. Made me smile.”

If you’re interested in strumming and folding up one of these yourself, the Folding Ukulele is available as either a kit or finished instrument, and there’s also a Supermini Ukulele.

See the complete range of kit and completed folding ukuleles for sale in Chosetec’ showroom.

An Instructable for constructing the featured ukulele is available here.

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Edgar Castelo


Thanks for the feature, Kristen! The team at Ponoko has been really great with helping me realize my designs, and I look forward to creating more!

Violin next pls!

Oh yes plz make a violin. I need a folding violin really badly.

Can you make one with 6 strings? I would buy a folding mini-guitar! 😀

Great work indeed. we at would love one ! Keep up your intriging work.
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Cute concept. The strings magically disappear during fold up. Even if the strings can fold with the instrument, you have to re-tune the damn thing. The ukulele either sounds crapy, or the player didn’t do it justice. Only sounds as good as a toys-r-us ukulele. And every one knows how that goes when some dude pulls one out at a party. Maybe fun if you’re high. Why would you take a tiny instrument that already fits into a backpack and make it smaller so it sounds worse? It’s like splitting a hot dog so it will fit on a hamburger bun.
Yes, the ingenuity is cute, it makes a better concept video than an instrument.

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