3D printed violins provide a win-win answer to make music training extra accessible, in accordance with Montreal-based AVIVA Younger Artists Program.
The Canadian group is launching an initiative they hope will put music training — and the newest tech — inside attain of each scholar.
The price of devices is among the main and protracted boundaries to music training for a lot of, whether or not it’s from the angle of particular person college students or that of a whole faculty board. AVIVA Younger Artists Program has been researching methods to counteract that situation, and the group not too long ago offered their answer on the Acoustical Society of America’s convention in December 2022.
The thought: a low-cost sample to make 3D printed violins.
Mary-Elizabeth Brown, director of AVIVA, gave the presentation, titled “Outdated meets new: 3D printing and the artwork of violin-making.”
“The group’s inspiration roots in a number of locations,” mentioned Brown in a media launch. “Our objectives had been to discover the brand new sound world created by utilizing new supplies, to leverage the brand new expertise being utilized in different disciplines, and to make music training sustainable and accessible via the printing of extra sturdy devices.”
The design is straightforward:
- The violin prints in two items;
- The physique is produced in a polymer materials utilizing the identical strategies that produce conventional devices;
- The neck and fingerboard are printed in a easy ABS plastic that’s meant to be comfy.
The sound the printed violin produces is mellower and darker than that of conventional devices made with wooden.
The preliminary design is available in at a value of $7 USD printed, and underneath $30 totally assembled.
“The subsequent step is to discover design modifications in addition to efforts to decrease the prices of manufacturing whereas making such devices extra broadly accessible, particularly within the realm of training,” mentioned Brown.
The plan is to make the sample accessible publicly, to allow them to be printed by anybody, anyplace. Whereas they make final minute tweaks to the design, events can keep in contact with developments right here.
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