Formlabs engineer Brian Chan took it upon himself to design and 3D print a fully functional violin. He used a new version of Formlabs White Resin to print prototypes and worked with violinist Rhett Price to test them.
Designing and 3D printing a violin is a difficult process because of the instruments complex design. Brian modeled different versions of it in CAD by using a doodle he drew years ago and a book by Edward Heron-Allen titled Violin Making, As It Was and Is. He designed and printed several prototypes until he was able to get the shape and sound right.
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