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Reaching new notes on the 3Dvarius - a 3D plastic violin


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Reaching new notes on the 3Dvarius - a 3D plastic violin

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A 3D violin. It is the creation of Laurent Bernadac and is made out plastic 30,000 layers of plastic 3D printed into a professional standard instrument.

Critics have questioned the sound it makes while others contend such an instrument can help musicians and composers to push forward their creative frontiers.

“This crazy violin is called the 3Dvarius. Because it is 3D printed in 30,000 layers in 24 hours. And it is 3D printed in one single piece. You know that it is a very light violin, a very comfortable violin. And with the most full and clear sound,” explained Laurent Bernadac.

One hundred have been sold across Europe. Bernadac now has his sights set on America and demonstrated the instrument at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

The violin has an intricate design – including words and patterns engraved on its surface – something Bernadac says can only be done with 3D printing.

“3D printing is the only way to produce every shape you want. These shapes are very complicated, very complicated and impossible to make, with another technology. These little things, and you can not produce this violin otherwise than through 3D printing technology,” said Laurent Bernadac.

The 3Dvarius costs 7000 euros. Its creator says he hopes the instrument will help violinists create new sounds and new playing techniques, and eventually a new musical repertoire.

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