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Man Plays The World's First 3D-Printed Violin

The violin is certainly one of the more traditional instruments out there, typically associated with elegant, classical music performances. We've seen a lot of innovation in the music world recently, with new gadgets and gizmos being attached to guitars and drums to completely change the way they're played, but we haven't seen a whole lot of innovation in the realm of classical instruments. Well, that's about to change, thanks to 3D printing.

This futuristic violin is called the 3Dvarius, modeled after the famous Stradivarius violin. Designed with the help of violinist Laurent Bernadac, the 3Dvarius combines the innovation of 3D printing with the tradition of ancient violin-making techniques. The strings and wooden bridge are, of course, not 3D printed, but the rest of the violin is artificial. This crazy little instrument is still a prototype, and will require some design improvements before it can move on to the next phase and eventually hit stores. Watch as Laurent gives the prototype a test drive above.
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