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The World's First 3D Printed Violin

Aug 13, 2019

In recent years, the application of 3D printing technology has become more and more extensive, and industrial technology, jewelry, architecture, automobiles, footwear, etc. can all be seen in this technology.

In addition to the items used in life, 3D printing technology across multiple fields is now flipping the music world! The most important thing about musical instruments is the sound. From the selection of materials, the production technology to the appearance of sculpture, it affects the final presentation. Not competing with traditional violins, 3D Varius introduces the world's first SLA violin in 3D prints, highlighting the creation of new sounds, and the transparent body reveals an alternative aesthetic that simplifies the manufacturing process.


3D printed violin


3D Varius, led by French electronic violinist Laurent Bernadac, used this technology to create the world's first 3D printed electronic violin!

Modeled after the real Stradivarius violin, the 3D printed violin Pauline by Laurent Bernadac, all processes are reduced to a CAD file. Laurent Bernadac used pen paper to record the violin design, and another designer and violinist used CATIA V5 to create a 3D model. This process allows the violin to be lightweight and customized while ensuring that the sound flows smoothly through the structure of the body and that the strings have appropriate resistance.

The design of the piano is streamlined, the body is crystal-clear, and the sound effect is quite special. It is refreshing and is a new product combining technology and art.

According to Bernadac, this electronic violin is made by mimicking the specifications of the Stradivari piano. He hopes that the violinist will make a distinctive sound and develop innovative playing techniques with this new invention. To make the violin playing into a new realm.


In production, Pauline was fabricated using 3D Systems' stereolithography, followed by removal of excess support structure and UV polymerization. This step extends the life of the instrument due to SLA degradation. Finally, the 3D printed portion is polished and adhered to the non-3D printed portion, and the violin is completed! Come listen to its unique sound!