3D printed instruments

3D Printed Instruments: That’ not a weapon, that‘s a violin

Why you should read this: This thing looks like it was designed by the late Mr. Giger or the prop department of Star Trek: The Next Generation.  It looks alien and otherworldly, but it actually serves a purpose: It’s a piezoelectric violin.

3D printers revolutionize the way the world conceptualizes, manufactures and delivers goods to others. The ability to print objects on demand saves time and valuable resources. Gone are the days of overstocked products. 3D printing is customized to meet the needs of the people. That’s why it’s gaining popularity in today’s world.

Monad Final Violin (source: Monad)
Two strings, experimental design: Monad Final Violin (source: Monad)

Take 3D-printed instruments, for example. Eric Goldemberg and Veronica Zalcberg of Monad, an architecture studio, will show their installation, Abyecto, in New York at the 3D Print Design Show (April 16-17, 2015)- Among the more notable instruments are a futuristic looking violin with only two strings and restructured body. Its design amplifies acoustics, making it more pleasurable to play and listen to.

Other instruments in the installation include a cello, a didgeridoo, and hornucopia, a valved horn instrument. There is also a “Monobarisitar” (see below), a baritone electric guitar with a single string. Each instrument has its unique look and sound.

Monobarisitar (source: Monad Studio)
The Monobarisitar in action. At least the amp looks familiar (source: Monad Studio)

The sixth piece in the installation is a rack where instruments hang. They become part of the artwork when stored making them functional and beautiful. Monad Studio states on their website: “The surface of this complex topological environment is further activated and becomes interactive using computer-generated sounds created by composer/computer musician Jacob Sudol. These sounds are emitted directly through the 3D-printed mural by means of handheld transducers that activate the installation as if it were the cones of a speaker to fill the space with constantly changing fields of sonic activity.”

3D printed instruments are revolutionary. In fact, they’re a real game changer. Consider the amount of time that goes into handcrafting guitars and violins. Then, imagine printing them in a quarter of that time and putting unique touches on them.

Anyone wanting to learn how to play music and has access to a 3D printer creates the instrument of his or her choice and begins lessons right away. Time spent searching for and trying out a guitar, violin or cello is no longer necessary. Simply print, learn, and play. It’s that simple.

If you want to hear the instrument in action: Tickets for the 3D Print Design Show in New York are available for sale through the event’s website. Registration is free and tickets grant access to the 3D Print Art Show and 3D Print Fashion Show.