It isn’t entirely uncommon to have instruments 3D printed anymore, but this new Sterolithography printed violin brings a new level of design and accuracy into the mix. Created from a single piece, which greatly differs from traditional violin construction methods, this 3D printed violin is crystal clear and it sounds amazing! Called the 3D Varius, it is created in a see through material; this violin looks totally different from anything you have seen before, though its design is based on a Stradivarius, a violin style built by the Stradivari family during the 17th and 18th centuries.
The violins creator, a musician named Laurent Bernadac talked about some of the design intent for the instrument stating that “The goal was to create a unique design, inspired by the shape of a traditional violin, and refining the forms and supports to obtain a more aesthetic design, simpler, lighter and transparent,” Bernadac explains. “Our choice of 3d-printing technology is stereolithography* because of its exceptional printing definition and the resistance of its printed objects.” You can see Bernadac playing the first print of the violin, which he named Pauline, below.