Violins are centuries-old instruments that have transcended the boundaries of the classical genre they’re known for, and entered more modern musical areas such as polka and even rock. As the instrument itself is as ageless as its potential is vast, 3D printed violin designs have become as creative as the music they play.
3D printed violins come in many shapes and sizes, and many are fully playable designs that range from traditional looks to aesthetically wondrous marvels.
Here we will look at some of the coolest and most creative 3D printed violin models available online to download and print from home, as well as bows and other additions to bring your new and personal twists to this 16th century instrument of worldwide renown.
The Strativariant eViolin Rev 3
If the words ‘electric violin’ don’t get you excited, then we don’t know what will. This third version of a 3D printed violin is designed to work with an amp similarly to an electric guitar.
This crossbow-looking 3D printed violin is an easy-print design that had a lot of passion put into its designs and redesigns before landing on the gorgeous look you can see here.
Along with the files are detailed instructions to tell you exactly how to set it up and plug it all in. Because this is a multi-piece print, it’s easy to print it in any combination of colors you like, though we prefer this sleek red and black look.
While the prints may be easy, the assembly will take a little bit of engineering, but the end result shows that the effort is well worth it. If you’d rather peruse the older or alternate designs, they are also included in the link here.
For those of you who want a 3D printed violin, but lack the necessary hardware to make one yourselves, French company 3Dvarius makes and sells 3D electric printed violins that sound as good as they look.
Started by French engineer and virtuoso Laurent Bernadac via Kickstarter, these trail-blazing 3D printed electric violins are a unique take on a traditional violin born from combining Bernadac’s twin passions of construction and music.
The 3DVarius violins are light in weight with a sleek design that has been perfected in form and function through dedicated trial-and-error. If you don’t believe us, you can watch Bernadac himself alongside the musical talent of Pauline Henric in this video here.
The Classic Violin
While electric violins may be the truest way to modernize an old classic, many still prefer the traditional version. And so this beautiful acoustic piece was designed as a 3D printed violin with tradition in mind.
The elegance and sheen of this violin was accomplished with an SLA 3D printer, and the designer has not tested the prints on FDM printers. However, the design as it is in the files here result in a fully playable and remarkably picturesque 3D printed violin.
The Full-Size Acoustic Violin
When an artist updates a work in progress for the last time, it means that they believe they’ve accomplished something special.
While the designer admits that this design for a 3D printed acoustic violin isn’t perfect, it is both aesthetically pleasing and playable. The finish in the example image included in this link looks more like a painting than an instrument, this is a 3D printed violin any musician would be happy to have in their home.
The designer recommends protective eyewear during post-print assembly, as some of the parts are thin and may break while stringing.
Some parts of this design may need a little tweaking, but with a careful look at the measurements, you can tweak the sizes to get them just right and ensure this design can become a personal instrument that you can be proud to have made yourself.
The 8-Bit Violin
This 3D printed violin may not be as polished as others, but you can’t deny it’s a unique look that may be directed towards old-school gamers, but can easily appeal to anyone who wants to 3D print something a little bit different.
The designer for this 3D printed violin admits that the files are somewhat slapdash, and has uploaded them for others to work on, tweak, and improve to see what they can do.
While to some, this unfinished approach may seem like just adding more work, but one look at this design should have many handy musicians eager to get their hands on a heavily modifiable 3D printed violin that looks like it could belong to Banjo Kazooie’s titular bear!
Despite the rudimentary nature of the files, the included instructions found here still include detailed instructions and advice for how to get the best results from this 3D printed 8-bit violin that will get heads turning no matter where you are.
Don’t let that name fool you (or make you stammer), not only is the F-F-Fiddle a 3D printed violin, it’s apparently the first playable 3D printed electric violin ever designed!
A true passion project, and an impressive one at that, this 3D printed violin was uploaded to Thingiverse and repeatedly updated until finalized as the light and compact violin you can see and hear here.
Not only can you find the free files here, but you can also find a link to the creators page where he encourages reviews, advice, updates, and personal tweaks from other 3D printing and violin enthusiasts to help each other.
Modular Fiddles are a modern-looking take on the classic violin. Originally designed as a prototype to see if playable 3D printed violins were viable, the blocky shape found a large following, and it was further developed to be on par with even the most attractive 3D printed violins available today.
Like standard violins, modular fiddles come in many forms, the most popular of which are the 4- and 5-string variants, as well as the Hardanger, all of which have been developed over time to rival their rounded counterparts.
Which type you choose depends on your musical experience and overall preference, but each one makes for a unique 3D printed violin that simply can’t be found in traditional stores.
Highly detailed instructions for all three types can be found here, as well as a detailed history and an open blog where you can share your creations, modifications, and advice with fellow users.
Few 3D printed violins are as cool as the piezoelectric violin. While not commonly found as free designs, they are worth a highly honorable mention due to how they look alone.
Closer resembling something you’d expect to see held by a Zora or sci-fi character, these amphibian-looking instruments truly need to be seen (and heard) to be believed.
3D printed piezoelectric violins are incredibly complicated and extremely expensive. However, if you are creative enough and have the right equipment, you can absolutely try printing one of these violins yourself.
If you manage to pull it off, you could find it to be an extremely popular 3D printed violin to sell online, though given the material expenses, you shouldn’t expect the average music enthusiast to be able to cough up enough dough to make the effort worth it.
Despite this, there’s something truly special about 3D printed piezoelectric violins that can neither be explained nor denied.
3D Printed Violin Accessories
Many instruments have their share of extra bits and pieces, and violins are no exception. Some additions are as necessary as a saxophone’s reed, some are simply practical additions like a guitar’s strap.
3D printed violin accessories help musicians of all experience levels play to the best of their abilities as comfortably as possible.
Truly steady hands are a gift surprisingly few people are given, but those who are on the shaky side aren’t to be left out of the wonderful world of violins.
3D printed bow guides do as the name implies, and act similarly to a pool cue guide to help people keep their bows steady as they play.
You can find a standard design for a 3D printed violin bow guide on Thingiverse here, simply choose the file that fits the size you need and print away!
Comfort can be as important as function, especially when dealing with a musical instrument that can take hours of practice and playing.
Chinrests are just as the name implies, comfortable contoured additions to a violin’s body to rest your chin on while you play.
Like the bow guides, 3D printed violin chinrests come in many sizes and styles to suit your violin here. Or you can go a little more extra and print out this swan chinrest for a little more style.
Violins are not only expensive; they can be very fragile too. While padded cases help to keep them safe in transit, if you want to display your own 3D printed violin proudly in your home (and let’s face it, who wouldn’t?), you’ll need a good stand.
Fortunately, 3D printed violin stands are not only plentiful and free, they’re also available in a wide variety of styles that range from minimalist for decorative value, and extra sturdy for security.