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Apr 24, 2016 | By Andre
There have been several instances over the last few years of people 3D printing functional string based violins. Whilst many of these efforts generated decent results to be certain, they were generally generated on pro grade 3D printing equipment. So when 3D print enthusiast Andrew Murrell posted the results of his take on via nothing but a hobbyist grade MendelMax 3D printing device to the DIY reddit forum last week, I was thoroughly impressed.
As he detailed in the thread, it was in fact his third take on at 3D printing a violin – 2nd via the open-source Hovalin turn it into files – but initially try at truly manufacturing it appear and feel like the real thing. To achieve this astounding feat, he utilized ROBO3D Wood PLA as a base material, file preparation settings as suggested by the adaptation turn it intoer Matt Hova and roughly 30 hours of 3D printing
Once 3D printed, he spent what must have been several hours perfecting itwith 320 grit sandpaper to smooth away the layer lines, a cotton texturing cloth to add stain and two coats of of Shellac.
It truly is a thing of beauty but the question on everybody’s mind inside the sub-reddit was how it sounded. And while he didn’t provide any evidence of his particular violin being played (on account of him being rusty) he did link to another iteration of the Hovalin being played by violinist Kaitlyn Hova.
And while a few user comments on the DIY forum suggested it does not have the same resonance as a real violin, Andrew suggests which it “sounds rather great for a piece of plastic!” I may have to agree.
So what’s upcoming for for Andrew? Well, it appears he plans to store fine-tuning things by printing another adaptation of the instrument. By suggesting which “changing the thickness of the print along with the materials should be netting a few informative results” all while bringing feedback of others, there’s no reason to doubt which his upcoming effort can be his most yet.
It is always really great to learn of how creative people combine their passions together. The great thing of having 3D printing as a passion is which due to the open-nature of the innovation, it easily matches up with only of any other passion out there in a few way shape or form.
Material: Robo3D Wood PLA
Neck printing settings: .1mm layer height, 50% infill, 3 perimeters
Body printing settings:.3mm layer height, 50% infell, 2 perimeters
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