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3D Varius, the first electric and 3D Printed violin is up for sale!

  • Nimish Sany
  • 18 June , 2016

Are you a violinist or a violin enthusiast who just wants more from your violin? The 3D Varius electric and 3D printer is just the thing you might need! The first ever 3D printed electric violin might have the sound none other has got. A must have for experiments-something which music thrives on. Named '3D Varius', the violin is the brainchild of Laurent Bernadac who has been trying to materialize the idea since 2012.

The website describes 3D Varius as "the first fully playable electric violin created by 3D printing technology and based on the model of a real Stradivarius violin. Printed as a single piece, the 3Dvarius violin departs from traditional musical instrument production technology. Combining the precision and power of 3D-printing with ancient violin-making skills, its innovative design, in the service of violinist, marks a further step toward the perfect symbiosis between musician and instrument."

The form factor of 3D Varius is inspired from traditional violin, while making it simpler, lighter and transparent. It sure has got uniqueness written all over it! 3D Varius claims the violin has undergone the following in the design phase to bring this beauty to life.

> Mass optimization, to keep the structure light and to free the musician’s movements.
> Acoustic study and wave propagation optimization throughout the body of the instrument.
> Mechanical resistance studies to ensure proper resistance to the strings’ pressure.

Stereolithography was used for 3D printing the violin for its exceptional accuracy, thanks to the lasers and also the rigidity imparted to the 3D printed materials.

The feature of 3D Varius include:

  1. The violin uses advanced-top grade sensors and doesn't need a preamp
  2. It is so light you will forget it's resting on your shoulders. Also it can be used with any shoulder rest.
  3. The model is based on a real Stradivarius.
  4. The violin's got the latest digital technologies incorporated.
  5. There is no resonance loss within the body of the violin, which means the signals are clearer.

​Click here for more details about 3D Varius.

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Nimish Sany: I bleed my thoughts on paper. And if I cant find a paper, blogs serve the purpose just fine.

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