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Ultralight Printed Violin Hits Cabinets


Now we have seen a good choice of 3D printed devices on this website, starting from Olaf Diegel’s guitar creations, to low-cost devices for college students on a funds.

However we seldom see any printed high-end devices accessible at bigger manufacturing runs. Something with a bigger price ticket appears to be restricted to distinctive devices.

The brand new Karen Ultralight 3D printed electrical violin from Katahashi Devices adjustments that paradigm considerably by being a top quality instrument made for public consumption.

And in the event you thought “Karen” meant one thing else, then disgrace on you, as a result of in Japanese, “Karen” (可憐) refers to “ladies whose conduct is elegant, aside from having a female and delicate determine”.

And that’s precisely what this violin is: elegant and delicate, as you may see within the photos.

The vary of Karen Ultralight violins are available in 4 completely different colours which might be Pearl White, Darkish Platinum, and Crimson Copper (seen under) and my private favourite, the glossy Black Piano mannequin.

Karen red copper
Karen… resplendent in Crimson Copper (Picture credit score: Katahashi Devices)

The Karen Ultralight is a 3D printed factor of magnificence combining conventional devices with fashionable computational design. The normal violin components are designed by Katahashi Devices and the futuristic bits are designed by Spanish design firm ANIMA Design, who’re primarily based out of Barcelona.

As you may see from the geometry of the violin, it has been designed with the usage of some type of topology optimisation software program for optimum lightweighting, and that great natural singular look that we love from topology optimisation.

The physique itself has been printed with recyclable nylon materials with an MJF printing for superior energy in comparison with FDM.

Black Piano
Black Piano mannequin.
(Picture credit score: Katahashi Devices)

When it comes to the opposite {hardware}, the Karen incorporates a maple primary physique/neck with birch fingerboard, and jujube for the tuning pegs and chin relaxation. The picket bodywork is roofed with a carbon fiber end.

It’s an electrical instrument so it options pickup and preamp, a ¼ inch jack for connecting to an amp, mixing desk or headphones (so that you don’t annoy your neighbors an excessive amount of). The preamp is powered by a 9v battery and it has a few tone management knobs, plus an lively/passive swap.

Should you’re questioning why a standard Japanese instrument maker is creating devices which might be impressed by western luthiery, it is because the Japanese authorities created a coverage of adopting Western ideas on the finish of the nineteenth century.

The Karen Ultralight is the newest to attract inspiration from this coverage.

The Karen Ultralight retails for €1,850 euros (about the identical worth as an honest Fender electrical guitar) and you may order one for your self on the web site over at this hyperlink.

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