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F-F-Fiddle: the violin printed in 3D

3d printers are becoming more reliable. Additive manufacturing has reached such a level of precision that it is now possible to print functional musical instruments . Realizing such an object is a real challenge: acoustics 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 violin achievement printed in 3D .

violin printed in 3D black

And yet, one of the OpenFab PDX engineers, David Perry , has managed to create a functional, 3D-printable electric violin with a very satisfying sound.

Digital design and manufacture

The FF-Fiddle was developed under Autodesk Fusion 360 . The design of the instrument is based on the dimensions of a real violin . Its semi-hollow structure allows it to resonate, just like a real violin.
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.


** ** 3D file allows you to print the violin body. The user must install the ropes, the jack and the piezo pickups himself.

Progressive enhancement of the 3D printed violin


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 improve their models to be at the forefront of their sector.

All instrument information is now available in a digital file , in CAD format. This file is under a Creative Commons license, so it is accessible and editable by everyone, subject to OpenFab PDX . US Internet users have already started working on optimizations to bring to the online model.

The ff-fiddle is another successful bet by OpenFab PDX. We can order the model directly on their website: or buy only the assembled parts. Small flat, the full model costs 750 euros, much more expensive than an entry-level electric violin .

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