Formlabs' 3D-Printed Violin Was Made on the Form 2 Using New Materials

By: Joey Haar - Aug 11, 2016
References: formlabs & gizmodo
Though 3D-printed violins are nothing new, previous efforts have created bodies to house the components for electric violins. Ever since the time of Stradivarius, acoustic violin building has been an almost mystically precise craft, one that violin experts swear by and craftspeople spend decades honing. Formlabs, a 3D printing company, is taking a shot at disrupting that ideology by creating an acoustic 3D-printed violin that, once designed, can be recreated at will in only a few hours.

The new 3D-printed violin uses an updated formulation of Formlabs' "White Resin" and was built using its Form 2 printer. To prove the effectiveness of the instrument, Formlabs partnered with professional violinist Rhett Price. Price not only performed with 3D-printed violin, but chose to compose a new arrangement for it.