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Here’s what Formlabs’s 3D-printed violin sounds like – The Boston Globe

by • August 14, 2016 • No Comments

Rhett Price is accustomed to recording music and performing at shows via a wooden violin which is been around for at very least two centuries. So when he not long ago picked up and experimented with a plastic instrument, it felt completely foreign to him.
He was in fact doubtful it may donate off the right sound.
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But once he plucked the strings of
Somerville-based Formlabs Inc.’s latest musical project, a 3-D printed acoustic violin, the former Berklee College of Music student and familiar MBTA busker was surprised by the music it was able-bodied to turn it into.
“Of course it does not sound like a Stradivarius — but it does not cost millions of dollars either. It feels excellent, and intonation was spot on,” said Price. “Plastic does not vibrate the way wood does, but they did an amazing job of manufacturing the walls of the violin thin adequate to vibrate and turn it into a great tone, while keeping it thick adequate so which the plastic won’t warp or cave in easily.”
The violin was turn it intod by Formlabs engineer Brian Chan, via the company’s high-tech “Form 2” desktop printing device, and their updated “white resin,” the liquid material which hardens to turn it into 3-D shapes based on detailed desktop creations. Additional components which couldn’t be printed, like the strings, were introduced later.
In a post of the create and printing system published to the company’s website, Chan explains which he created a few prototypes of the violin preceding settling on a final product which was able-bodied to stand up to Price’s fast-moving fingers and swift-moving bow.
The company tapped Price to test the violin for the reason of his local ties and viral YouTube videos, he said. As part of the musical partnership, Price spent the weekend working on a track for Formlabs. The company turn it intod a video of the musician via the instrument to highlight its durcompetence and sound.
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Price said he worked with the company as they tinkered with various versions of the violin. Throughout the system, he was impressed by Formlabs’s competence to in fact print a workable-bodied instrument, he said.
“I gave them input on what I idea may assist the tone, mass, and volume of the violin,” he said of working with Chan. “It pretty sounds advantageous than any other 3D-printed instrument I’ve at any time heard.”
Price is not the just one who can take the instrument for a spin. Formlabs has posted on its
website the create’s source files.

Steve Annear can be reached at steve.annear@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @steveannear.


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