Does 3D printing have any applications to violin design/construction? If so, what is being explored/investigated?
There is a company making 3d printed mutes.
I'm not sure what your concept of a message board is, Gordon, but I don't see this post meriting such a smug response. Maybe I'm not the one to talk, but usually your posts are kinder than this.
Someone has 3D printed a violin, a simple google search will lead to tons of results.
Sometimes I have lapses in judgement. Combination of that and 3-D printer cynicism. If you want one big enough to print a violin, it will probably cost more than a good violin. Someone somewhere is probably trying to print a cello or a double bass. In addition, they are going to be made from crappy materials.
Actually, within the last two to six years, someone on this forum DID print a violin on a 3D printer and demonstrated it, commenting that it did sound "like a violin".
3d printed chinrest or shoulder rest, maybe?
Wiessmeyer and Son are making 3-D printed mutes that are getting a lot of attention. I have also seen a sound post setting and measuring tool that can be printed.
Ella is absolutely right! I had the pleasure of participating in the experimental development of a 3d printed chinrest at our school together with a design student and enjoyed it a lot! Without giving away the details of the approach, we found a form that fit me very well and iterated it a couple of times with slight changes. It was way cheaper than ordering custom made chinrests from luthiers before figuring out the perfect form, while the negative effects on the sound were very minor. It was thinner and lighter, too and was the first chinrest to ever fit my square and edgy jaw. We experimented with the height, side- and centre-mount and even the direction of the print (since it affects the structure of the material's surface).
Perhaps 3D printed molds and stencils to make an exact replica of a famous violin? I'm no expert so maybe one of our luthiers can comment on whether this could be an application for 3D printing
yeah an exact replica of a wood violin made out of plastic, how exact is that???
Lyndon, to clarify, I meant the 3D printer could be used to make molds, stencils, templates etc. as tools to make replica wood violins. That way the molds can follow precise dimensions. Just a thought really, again I'm not claiming to have any expertise in violin making.
dunno about 3D printers, but i seen some pretty cool CNC milled violins.
Thanks for the feedback. I'm going to look into those mutes.
One of the most succesful applications of 3D printing of violins is with electrics: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gF0pOUBS3sg
If you can 3D print an edible burger paddy (someone did it with petri-dish grown meat protein!), the sky's the limit!
Edible 3d printed violin?!