August 18, 2016 AT 6:00 am

3D Printed Formlabs Violin & New Rhett Price Video! #3DThursday #3DPrinting

Incredible 3D printed violin, via 3DPrint

While we have had our great writers, painters, and a multitude of famous artists throughout history to inspire and allow us to appreciate so many mediums, sometimes it seems nothing can compare to the delight of listening to a musician, with the notes taking us straight up, back down, and on an inimitable journey of emotion and wonder. This does often appear to be one of those you’ve either got it or you don’t talents, as technical prowess is one thing, but the ability to make to the listener feel and want more is another altogether. The true artistry, of course, is in making each performance look and sound so easy.

The tools of the musical performer, as always, are crucial, and no artist relies on their tools to be more finely honed—as well as requiring them to be front and center for the audience at all times. Musicians are known to have an affinity for collecting and constantly adjusting the tools of their melodic trade, whether those be guitars, trumpets, or, as we’re looking at today, the violin.

Here, we catch a glimpse into the world of a materials manufacturer working with not only a new product, but also a challenging new project in 3D printing an acoustic violin. Formlabs, most famous for their exceedingly popular Form 1+ and Form 2 3D printers, is also continually involved in the science of producing resins as well. A company we follow often, you may have seen their team recently in our webinar, ‘How to Choose the Right 3D Printing Technology – FDM vs SLA vs SLS.

Now, upon the release of their updated white resin, Formlabs engineer Brian Chan decided to go big in making a completely functional acoustic violin. And while it’s all in the details of course, the end result is pretty stunning—in the form of a video with violinist Rhett Price showing off exactly what can be done with this new material and this new instrument. ’

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