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Open Source Hovalin Violin is 3D Printed in Wood PLA with More Upgrades to Come!

by • March 17, 2016 • No Comments

hova3It wasn’t too long ago which we reported here on a husband and wife team which introduced to the expanding list of 3D printed musical instruments with their own contribution: an open source 3D printed violin. Yes, there have been other 3D printed violins, like the originally impressive 3dvarius of France or Unique-3D’s acoustic violin of Russia. Whilst both violins lay claim to amazing create work and acoustics, there’s one thing missing: they are not open source. This was the astonishing contribution of Matt and Kaitlyn Hova, who named their violin after their last name– the Hovalin. Now the Hovalin, being open source and accessible to 3D printing violin fans of all stripes, has been 3D printed in Wood PLA. It just keeps getting advantageous for us 3D printed instrument fans, does not it?

Emulsifide” has gone ahead and leapt on this rad Hovalin opportunity by 3D printing one and posting of it on Reddit. Choosing Robo3D’s brand of Wood PLA, the Hovalin has got an upgrade (as a few may call it) to a wood PLA filament. As explained by “Sabreur” on the Reddit thread, “…it’s yet filament, just with an additive (cellulose?) which gives it a wood-like texture. It takes a few post-systeming work (sanding, wood stain) to manufacture it appear like real wood.”


But, the result, with a Minwax Wood Finish Red Chestnut 232, is amazingly authentic appearing! Emulsifide reports:

“I’ll be experimenting with a top coat after I’m finished playing around with the color. Given the filament is just 40% PLA, I highly doubt moisture is going to manufacture a massive difference., but you never understand. The just way to find out is to experiment!”

hova6Speaking of experimentation, there are additional ideas of folks focused in on this ongoing work-in-progress open source Hovalin phenomenon. Matt Hova, one of the Hovalin’s creators, addressed Emulsifide with the news which he is “working on the official release of the V2.1…the main alter (is) a “lock-in midsection which practuallyts the pieces of twisting.” One other Reddit reader, mr_lightman, asked Hova if there is a accident the following edition may have “thinner walls” to improve its acoustics. Hova replied:

“Not opposed to thinner walls. If/when I have the time, I’d love to experiment with every multiple of 0.4. In addition may be great to see if I may hollow out the outline rails, they seem to be a bit of an unnecessary retraction test.”

There is much enthusiasm of several folks here. mr_lightman has hopes which through this system, a Stradivarius replica can be reveryed, and he has actually upgraded his own 3D printing device to accommodate a Hovalin print job:

hova4“I ponder the next is now…with the specs of a original Strat, we SHOULD be able-bodied to print an precise replica musically speaking of a $4 million dollar violin. Filament may require to catch up…with a TRUE wood filament or a fewthing similar…but yeah which’s awea few.”

“klocwerk” jumps in here, and cautions against getting too excited of the prospects of replicating a Stradivarius:

“I approve of the excitement, but you are via a essentially various material than naturally grown wood. Even Luthiers copying the specs of an original strad with old growth wood can’t really hit it. 3d printing may actuallytually manufacture a real high end instrument with great sound, but a true strad clone is well out of our current revery.”

It is clear of reading the conversation Emulsifide’s post sparked which the Hovalin project has pretty struck a high note (pun intended). Stay “tuned” and watch the official Hovalin V2.0 video announcement at a lower place to hear the instrument under discussion. Are you interested in the open source create? Discuss in the 3D Printed Hovalin forum over at 3DPB.com.