Tech UPTechnologyThe first 3D printed violin can now be purchased

The first 3D printed violin can now be purchased

3Dvarius is the first electric violin to be printed using 3D technology. It was released last year and now its creators consider that the time has come to undertake its production and commercialization for the first time.

To do this, they have started a crowdfunding campaign through Kickstarter with which they seek to raise the 50,000 euros they need to start the project. These first units will be limited and will present a serial number.

The 3Dvarius is based on an original Stradivarius model and at first glance it has a totally innovative design. Made up of a single piece, it gives the violinist, according to its creators, greater control over the sound.

This futuristic, ergonomic, transparent and very light instrument was devised in 2012 by the French violinist and engineer Laurent Bernadac , who designed it on his computer with the purpose of creating an electric violin that would respond to the needs of a classical musician.

A year later, a first prototype in polycarbonate saw the light, manufactured by the skillful hands of a luthier. However, Bernadac was not satisfied, as the instrument was very heavy and difficult to play.

For this reason, the French engineer continued to develop his invention and managed to improve the design and reduce its weight . This is how in 2015, in collaboration with Géraldine Puel, he manufactured a prototype using 3D printing technology.

Now it is intended to be commercialized, so that the 3Dvarius reaches more people. Unfortunately, it will not be available to all pockets , since the minimum price that will have to be paid to get one of these unique instruments is 6,299 euros. If they manage to raise the money for the project – and to date they have already achieved 56% of the financing -, the approximate delivery date of the units is scheduled for December 2016.

Here’s a video in case you want to hear what the 3Dvarius sounds like:

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