Meet 3Dvarius, a very unique violin.
Designed by the violinist and engineer Laurent Bernadac, the new electric violin, 3Dvarius was created using 3D printing technology. The unique violin is, as the name already suggets, based on the model of a real, legendary Stradivarius violin.
It's origins began in digital form in 2013 and the goal was to take the shape of a traditional violin, and then refine the forms and supports in order to offer a more aesthetic design - one that is also simpler, lighter and even transparent. To create an actual object, stereolithography 3D printing technology was chosen. It's used to produce various models and prototypes - "one layer at a time by curing a photo-reactive resin with a UV laser or another similar power source."
It was 3D-printed in one single piece. Creators claim it combines the precision and power of 3D-printing with ancient violin-making skills, adding that its innovative design, in the service of violinist, marks a further step toward the perfect symbiosis between musician and instrument.
Take a look at the videos below and decide for yourself - could this be the future of making instruments?