A new 3D printed electric violin called 3Dvarius has been put through its paces this week and the sounds it can create are amazing.
Designed and played by Laurent Bernadac the 3Dvarius is the very first fully playable electric violin created by 3D printing technology.
The design of the 3Dvarius as the name suggests has been modelled on a real life Stradivarius violin and then been 3D printed as a single piece using the SLA 3D printing method. Its designer Bernadac explains more about the process and the violins design.
The goal was to create a unique design, inspired by the shape of a traditional violin, and refining the forms and supports to obtain a more aesthetic design, simpler, lighter and transparent. Our choice of 3d-printing technology is stereolithography because of its exceptional printing definition and the resistance of its printed objects.
(Stereolithography is a 3D printing technology used for producing models, prototypes, patterns, and production parts up one layer at a time by curing a photo-reactive resin with a UV laser or another similar power source.)
Printed as a single piece, it departs from traditional musical instrument production technology. Combining the precision and power of 3D-printing with ancient violin-making skills, its innovative design, in the service of violinist, marks a further step towards the perfect symbiosis between musician and instrument.
Find out more from the official 3Dvarius website via the link below.