Top navigation

WATCH: Here's what a 3D-printed acoustic violin sounds like

Laura  Barnes
WATCH: Here's what a 3D-printed acoustic violin sounds like

Since the boom in popularity for 3D printing a few years back, designers have created a whole host of things out of plastic.

We’ve had guns, cars, and there have even been a few violins.

While these plastic violins used electric pickups to amplify sound, one company wanted to see if it could make a 3D-printed acoustic violin that replicates how a traditional instrument works.

Using a newly formulated white resin, Formlabs has created a plastic violin that creates sound the traditional way – by using its shape and internal chambers to amplify the sound of the strings.
Article continues below


Formlabs engineer Brian Chan designed the violin based off a hand-carved wooden Stradivarius he built from a violin-crafting book dating back to 1884.

After three different attempts, with each design improving on its predecessor, Chan asked violinist Rhett Price to test it out the full-size, fully playable 3D-printed acoustic violin.

Formlabs has also made the 3D print design available for anyone to download and play about with.

“When it comes to a project like this one, created with the help of cutting-edge design tools and 3D printing, the most important “object” is not the physical violin, but the design itself, which can (and will) continue to evolve. Now that the groundwork has been laid, we can experiment endlessly with different dimensions, materials, and other parameters to see how they affect the sound and playability,” said the firm.

If you’re interested in making your own 3D-printed violin, you can download the design files here.

Here's what the Formlabs 3D-printed violin sounds like in action:

Tags: violins , Video , 3D printing , 3d prined violin , rhett price , formlabs

Follow us on