Music speaks to us all in different ways. The same can be said for the science of design.
This year at CES 2017, we were fortunate to meet up with Laurent with 3Dvarius who is both a violinist and a mechanical engineer. He wanted to combine his two passions, so four years ago, he decided to experiment with building his own violin. It took him three years to achieve his goal. The result: he designed, developed and brought to life an amazing electric, 3D printed violin. They have been for sale in Europe for the last year and have sold about 100 units. They are now looking to expand to the US market.
The violin is printed in one piece using an epoxy resin, which makes it light weight and also offers the best sound quality as the sound is able to flow from the strings directly through the body without being impeded. Not only does it sound great, but the design is beautiful. The head has been removed and those components moved towards the bottom of the violin. There are 30,000 layers and after it comes off the printer, it goes through 20 days of sanding, varnishing, addition of settings, etc. until it is perfect.
The company will be expanding the product line into other types of violins and possibly even guitars and wind instruments in the future. The price of the current model $7000. If you would like more information or have any questions, please visit the website where you can request to speak with the makers directly.
Daniele is a student at Florida Polytechnic University who is studying Computer Science with a concentration in Cyber Security. In High School, she was introduced to the science and technology world through the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), a robotics foundation where students of varying ages can compete through tasks that their robots perform. With help from mentors she met through FIRST, she became interested in programming and developing. Today, Daniele is a special events host for F5 Live: Refreshing Technology and PLuGHiTz Live Special Events and a co-host for both The New Product Launchpad and FIRST Looks.