Laurent Bernadac, playing his 3Dvarius

French designer Laurent Bernadac created a fully playable electric violin created by 3D printing technology and based on the model of a real Stradivarius violin. Printed as a single piece, the 3Dvarius violin departs from traditional musical instrument production technology.

The 3d-printing technology used here is stereolithography because of its exceptional printing definition and the resistance of its printed objects. Stereolithography is a 3D printing technology used for producing models, prototypes, patterns, and production parts up one layer at a time by curing a photo-reactive resin with a UV laser or another similar power source.

Made in one piece 3Dvarius is as light as a conventional instrument and does not exceed 450 grams. Yet, the use of the instrument is limited, since it requires cabling and an electrically powered amplifier system.

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