3D printed violin with two strings
It may not be a Stradivarius, but the rare violin shown in the picture below is quite impressive in it's own way. It is made with the help of an advanced 3D-printer and has only two strings, unlike the traditional violin. Furthermore, it looks just like an instrument from a far-away science-fiction future. It is one of the most radical musical instruments ever created - or printed.
The 'piezoelectric Violin' (as the impressive product is offcially called), was invented by Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg, two architects who thought that the challenges and issues in their daily work did not differ that much from those of composers and musicicians. This stimulated the realization of this beautiful3D printed violin. It can be played by 'anyone', despite its slightly aggresive sci-fi looks. The violin is the result of comprehensive research on design and computation, in continious consultation with musicians, luthiers, composers and interactive artists of different kinds.
One of the designers says that the difference between the sound of this 'new' instrument and that of the traditional violin is comparable to the difference in sound between the classical guitar and the Gibson Les Paul. That is to say: they do sound the same in a sense, yet also quite different.
Those who want to see - and hear - the special violin must fly to New York City: on the 16th and 17th of April it will be shown at the Inside 3D Printing conference at the Javits Center in Manhattan. This is the largest professional 3D Printing Event worldwide. The event contains two days of conference sessions led by industry experts and demonstrations of the latest 3D printers and services. Session topics will explore new opportunities and challenges for industrial and consumer 3D printing efforts, as well as the best strategies for a range of industries including product development, architects, medicine, automotive, technology, software, and more.
Besides the violin, the design company Monad Studio will be showing a big digeridoo. It gets even better: during the full conference a varying group of musicians will be playing the instruments, providing endless entertainment to the conference attendees.
Source: MONAD Studio