F-F-Fiddle: the violin printed in 3D
<p> <strong>3d printers</strong> are becoming more reliable. <strong>Additive manufacturing</strong> has reached such a level of precision that it is now possible to print functional <strong>musical instruments</strong> . Realizing such an object is a real challenge: <strong>acoustics</strong> are a delicate science, which implies the need for a perfect design and ** a very precise manufacturing tool **. You can see the pictures of this incredible <strong>violin</strong> achievement <strong>printed in 3D</strong> . </p><p> <a href="http://fichier3d.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/violon-imprim%C3%A9-en-3D-noir.jpg"><img src="http://fichier3d.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/violon-imprim%C3%A9-en-3D-noir.jpg" alt="violin printed in 3D black"></a> </p><p> And yet, one of the <strong>OpenFab PDX</strong> engineers, <strong>David Perry</strong> , has managed to create a functional, 3D-printable electric violin with a very satisfying sound. </p><h2> Digital design and manufacture </h2><p> The <strong>FF-Fiddle</strong> was developed under <strong>Autodesk Fusion 360</strong> . The design of the instrument is based on the dimensions of a real <strong>violin</strong> . Its semi-hollow structure allows it to resonate, just like a real violin. <br> All parts of this violin printed in 3D can be printed by FFF printers. The chin strap is easily adjustable on each instrument. The spaces for setting up the wiring are relatively practical and allow easy mounting. </p><p> <a href="http://fichier3d.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/montage-violon-imprim%C3%A9-en-3d.jpg"><img src="http://fichier3d.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/montage-violon-imprim%C3%A9-en-3d.jpg" alt=""></a> </p><p> ** ** 3D file allows you to print the violin body. The user must install the ropes, the jack and the piezo pickups himself. </p><h2> Progressive enhancement of the 3D printed violin </h2><p> <a href="http://fichier3d.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/am%C3%A9lioration-violon.jpg"><img src="http://fichier3d.fr/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/am%C3%A9lioration-violon.jpg" alt=""></a> </p><p> The example of the FF-Fiddle illustrates the advantage of 3D printing for musical instrument manufacturers. It is now possible for them, by calling on specialists, to effectively prototype and <strong><a href="http://www.atlantic-3d.fr/secteur-applique/realiser-vos-maquettes-limpression-3d/">improve their models</a></strong> to be at the forefront of their sector. </p><p> All instrument information is now available in a <strong>digital file</strong> , in <strong>CAD</strong> format. This file is under a <strong>Creative Commons</strong> license, so it is accessible and editable by everyone, subject to <strong>OpenFab PDX</strong> . US Internet users have already started working on optimizations to bring to the online model. </p><p> The ff-fiddle is another successful bet by OpenFab PDX. We can order the model directly on their website: <a href="http://openfabpdx.com/">openfabpdx.com</a> or buy only the assembled parts. Small flat, the full model costs 750 euros, much more expensive than an entry-level <strong>electric violin</strong> . </p>
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