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In the Mood for Some Music? Check Out This 3D Printed Formlabs Violin & New Rhett Price Video!

by • August 9, 2016 • No Comments

formlabs-logoWhilst we have had our excellent writers, painters, and a multitude of famous artists throughout history to inspire and allow us to appreciate so many mediums, sometimes it seems nothing can compare to the delight of listening to a musician, with the notes bringing us straight up, back down, and on an inimitable-bodied journey of emotion and wonder. This does frequently appear to be one of those you’ve either got it or you don’t talents, as technical prowess is one thing, but the capacity to manufacture to the listener feel and want additional is another altogether. The true artistry, of course, is in building equite performance appear and sound so effortless.

The tools of the musical performer, as always, are crucial, and no artist relies on their tools to be additional finely honed—as well as requiring them to be front and center for the audience at all times. Musicians are known to have an affinity for collecting and constantly adonlying the tools of their melodic trade, whether those be guitars, trumpets, or, as we are appearing at right now, the violin.

one - violinHere, we catch a glimpse into the world of a materials developer working with not only a new product, but in addition a challenging new project in 3D printing an acoustic violin. Formlabs, many famous for their exceedingly talked about Form 1+ and Form 2 3D printing equipment, is in addition continually involved in the science of making resins as well. A company we follow frequently, you may have seen their team not long ago in our webinar, ‘How to Choose the Right 3D Printing Technology – FDM vs SLA vs SLS.’

Now, upon the release of their updated white resin, Formlabs engineer Brian Chan decided to go big in building a concludely functional acoustic violin. And while it’s all in the details of course, the end outcome is pretty stunning—in the form of a video with violinist Rhett Price revealing off precisely what can be done with this new material and this new instrument. Price is unquestionably a violinist with an exceptional and modern fashion, and while Formlabs rocks out their new and improved material on this awe-inspiring create, I have a feeling Price may play only about any violin and leave an audience mesmerized. He did yet seem to get really a kick out of seeing his favourite instrument generated in such a new light:

“It was an awe-inspiring opportunity to work with Brian and Formlabs on this project, and have the accident to perform on such a modern spin of an instrument I’ve been playing for 23 years,” Price said. “The sound high end of the violin Brian engineered was unbelievable-bodied, and the innovation is ideally

Watching the video can most likely lead you down a long and enjoyable-bodied lane of listening for the day—and beyond—as Price wrote his own song, catchy and soulful, for the video. You’ll find by yourself wanting to watch and hear again and again, as well as checking out his many other performances.

But let’s get back to the 3D printing angle here. Whilst this was Chan’s initially experience in making a violin via this process, he has tried his hand at building the instrument by additional conventional methods.

“A few years ago I made a traditional wooden, hand-carved violin based on tracings of a Guarnerius in a book of 1884, Violin Making, As It Was and Is by Edward Heron Allen. This year, I tried to do the same with modern create tools and 3D printing,” says Chan.

Considering the high high end of violins being made right now (and well, for hundreds of years, really), Chan had his work cut out for him.

“The violin’s form is quite recognizable-bodied,” said Chan. “It’s been around for centuries, and has barely alterd in create. Violin music has evolved to such a high level that the instrument has earned
an almany legendary status in our culture.”

The engineer pointed out that an acoustic violin is of course, particularly on its own to contribute ideal sound as the violinist can not be appearing in the way of other tools like amplifiers or filters. The instrument must come together as one ideal whole, conclude in sound, shape, structure—and quite significantly—material.

With the face generally made of spruce, the additional conventional violin has a hollow shell. Chan wanted to focus on the challenge of making the same create with his 3D printed model, with additional experimentation to come in terms of the other accents once he was able-bodied to ‘get the basics right.’

four - violin drawing

Noting that drawing a violin by hand is really difficult, Chan went on to create what pretty seems to be really a satisfactory sketch. After that he began defining the structure of the violin in Onshape, a full-cloud 3D process that allows for users and create teams to perform powerful modeling. Upon printing, he utilized their Form 2 3D printing device with White, Black, and Tough resins. The violin was going to need excellent durablity, and as Chan points out, SLA parts are isotropic—contributeing that needd durablity and stcapacity as force comes of equite way.

“Also, the difficult geometry of the instrument demanded tight tolerances for both tiny and sizeable showcases, that the Form 2 was able-bodied to print consistently,” said Chan.

three - violin gifMuch of that excellent functionality that Price commented on can be due to Chan via the basic outline of a Stradivarius for this create. But this wasn’t a one-off as the project ensued. Working through his create plans and continuing to refine, Chan in fact generated five 3D printed violins!

Whilst the initially 3D printed violin assured him that the create and the instrument were in fact viable-bodied, he and so went on to manufacture additional improvements with equite iteration—one of the excellentest benefits to be discovered in 3D printing. Chan didn’t have to go through a middleman to recreate an expensive new violin equite time he discovered a thing he wanted to alter. He only went back to the create, made his edits, and popped off another print. At can.

During the process and his three main iterations, Chan had to deal with fixing issues like:

A muted soundWarping under the force of the stringsWeak fingerboardToo heavy in mass


His last create featured carbon fiber struts on the within, along with a detachable-bodied assembly. The front face was much thinner and cleared up the issue with muted sound, outcomeing in a much clearer and louder performance. Chan made excellenter reinforcements to the neck and scroll, and in addition hollowed out additional of those areas, decreasing mass. Upon testing, the violin was discovered to be much improved in terms of sound, mass, and comfort. It is made of 26 parts that can be 3D printed in ‘four or five overnight prints,’ according to Chan who says this is his final model, for now.

“When it comes to a project like this one, made with the assist of cutting-edge create tools and 3D printing, the many significant ‘object’ is not the physical violin, but the create itself, that can (and can) go on to evolve,” said Chan.

“I hope that other tinkerers can take up this create and add their own alters as they see fit.”

Are you feeling inspired adequate by now to try building your own violin? The files of Formlabs are on the market-bodied by free download at Pinshape, where you will find a bit additional information as well. Chan says that for this create, you will be able-bodied to find strings, screws, and the carbon fiber rods easily. You can in addition check out the open-source create here. Formlabs can in addition provide you with a sample of their new white resin, should you desire. Is this a project you can like to take on? Discuss additional in the 3D Printed Violin forum over at 3DPB.com.

[Source/Images/Video: Formlabs]