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The 3Dvarius is the new electric violin created by 3D printing technology and based on the model of a real Stradivarius violin.
The 3Dvarius is a high-end concert electric violin created by 3D printing technology and based on the model of a Stradivarius violin.
The 3Dvarius is a high-end concert electric violin created by 3D printing technology and based on the model of a Stradivarius violin.
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3Dvarius - High-end 3D printed electric Violin

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Dear Backers, Thanks a lot for your support ! Almost 80% of our campaign funded, Thanks again ! We need your help for the other half in order to bring the 3Dvarius to everyone until June 17 !!!

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The 3Dvarius was born digitally in 2012, in Laurent Bernadac's mind, the violinist and engineer who conceived it on his computer. He wanted to create an electric violin which could fulfill all the needs of a classical musician.

A first prototype saw the day at the beginning of 2013, entirely hand-crafted by a stringed instrument maker, in transparent polycarbonate. But this violin was too heavy and thus hardly playable.

Laurent continued working on developing and improving his violin: better design, weight reduction, smoother sound-wave flow, and refined curves. All this to achieve his original goal which was:

 

The 3Dvarius
The 3Dvarius

 

The 3Dvarius is an electric violin created by 3D printing technology and based on the model of a real Stradivarius violin. 

Laurent Bernadac made it with a revolutionary design, at the service of the more demanding violinists.

Its body is printed as a single piece, thus departing from traditional musical instrument production, giving it a very unique property: it allows for smooth, optimal sound-wave flow throughout the instrument, offering the violinist greater sound control.

Combining the precision and power of 3D-printing with ancient violin-making skills, its innovative design, in the service of violinist, marks a further step towards the perfect symbiosis between musician and instrument.

 

 

 

 

 

 Sorry but the Wolverine's edition doesn't exist for the moment ;)

The 3Dvarius has been created with the sole purpose of becoming one with its future violinist:

  • Its weight distribution is optimized, not to hinder the musician's movements.
  • It can use any violin shoulder rests and so adapt itself to any morphology.
  • It borrowed my tuning pegs from the best guitars to limit its weight and facilitate its tuning.
  • The quality of its sound sensor is so good that the 3Dvarius doesn’t use any preamp.

 

  • The 3Dvarius is 3D printed in one single piece, all the sound signals travel freely in its body (no resonance loss in the joints)
  • It's made with professional 3D printing technology, that ensures proper resistance to the string's pressure

 

 

  • The 3Dvarius is very light, not to hinder the musician's movements
  • The weight distribution is optimized to reduce the weight felt by the violinist
  • The guitar tuning pegs aren't in the head to reduce the weight

 

  • The 3Dvarius is based on the model of a real Stradivarius
  • It uses the best digital new technologies available
  • The guitar tuning pegs simplify its tuning and offer an easy and accurate tuning

 

  • The 3Dvarius can use any violin shoulder rests
  • It's designed to prevent tendonitis. The center of gravity is closer to the shoulder.

 

  • The 3Dvarius uses an excellent sound sensor
  • It doesn't need a preamp
  • Its jack cable is near to the bridge to limit the signal travel time and avoid the radio disruptions
Reuters © C.Hartmann
Reuters © C.Hartmann

 

 

Our choice of 3d-printing technology is stereolithography because of its exceptional printing definition and the resistance of its printed objects. The 3D printing takes more than 24 hours to print only one violin.

 

At this stage, all the excess resin from the printing stage is manually removed. Then precision tools are used to perfectly complete this phase. The body of the instrument is cleaned with a cleaning solution and high pressure blowing.

 

Surfaces in contact with the strings and the musician’s body are sanded with extreme precision to ensure sound purity and offer optimal playing comfort.

 

This is the most delicate step, as it is the first time when the structure of the violin is subjected to actual string pressure. The stringing and tuning must be done progressively and be perfectly symmetrical to attain the perfect chord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Laurent Bernadac's CD will contain our cover songs already available on Youtube, and some new songs. We invite you to submit your favorite song on our website, the most submitted song will be arranged. 

We have two tee shirt proposals, that you can see below. You can submit your favorite tee shirt here, the most submitted tee shirt will be selected. 

 

 See below more pictures of the 3Dvarius violin mute. 

 

 

 

Musicians or not, feature yourself in one of our video clips! Everyone will get a role in this video clip! 

The private concert will be realized in Paris. The date will be defined after the Kickstarter campaign. 

The masterclass will be realized by Laurent Bernadac in Paris and its theme will be: improvisation on the violin and the use of pedal boards. 

 See below more pictures of the 3Dvarius. 

 

 

Reuters © C.Hartmann
Reuters © C.Hartmann

 

 

 

 

 

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Our press kit is available for download here. Feel free to leave a message here if you have any questions.

 

Le 3Dvarius est né numériquement en 2012 dans l’esprit de Laurent Bernadac, ingénieur et violoniste. Il souhaitait créer un violon électrique répondant à toutes ses attentes de musicien classique.

Un premier prototype vit le jour début 2013, entièrement réalisé sur mesures par un luthier en polycarbonate transparent. Mais ce violon était trop lourd et du coup difficilement jouable. 

Laurent poursuivit le développement de son violon en améliorant son design, réduisant les masses, répartissant les efforts, améliorant la conduction des ondes acoustiques, épurant les formes pour parvenir enfin à son objectif de départ :

 

Le 3Dvarius © Thomas Tetu
Le 3Dvarius © Thomas Tetu

 

Le 3Dvarius est un violon électrique entièrement réalisé grâce à la technique de l’impression 3D et basé sur le modèle d’un véritable Stradivarius.

Laurent Bernadac a créé un violon unique au design révolutionnaire, et au service des violonistes les plus exigeants.

Son corps constitué d’une seule et unique pièce a la particularité singulière de conduire les ondes sonores de façon optimale, sans perte d'énergie acoustique ni diffraction du spectre sonore afin de permettre à l’instrumentiste un contrôle optimal du son.

Combinant la précision et les performances de l’impression 3D avec les techniques de la lutherie traditionnelle, son design inédit, marque un pas supplémentaire vers le chemin de la symbiose parfaite entre le musicien et son instrument.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Désolé mais l'édition spéciale Wolverine du 3Dvarius n'existe pas encore ;)

Le 3Dvarius a été créé afin de ne faire plus qu’un avec le violoniste :

  • Sa masse est minimale et rapprochée de l'épaule afin de libérer les mouvements du violoniste de toute contrainte.
  • Il s'adapte à tous types de coussins ce qui permet à chaque violoniste d'utiliser son propre coussin de violon classique afin d'optimiser le confort de jeu pour chaque morphologie.
  • Il emprunte ses mécaniques aux meilleures guitares afin de minimiser son poids et de faciliter son accordage.
  • La qualité de son capteur sonore est telle qu'il n'a pas besoin de préampli ce qui réduit considérablement les perturbations du signal sonore.

 

  • Le corps du 3Dvarius est imprimé en 3D en une seule pièce ; les ondes sonore y voyagent parfaitement, aucune fréquence n'étant dénaturée ou perdue dans des zones d'assemblage.
  • Il est fabriqué grâce à une technologie d'impression 3D professionnelle, ce qui lui garantit une résistance optimale à la pression des cordes ainsi qu'une précision de forme exceptionnelle.

 

 

  • Le 3Dvarius est léger afin de faciliter les mouvements de l'instrumentiste. 
  • La répartition de sa masse est optimisée afin de réduire le poids ressenti par le violoniste. 

 

  • Le 3Dvarius est basé sur le modèle d'un Stradivarius auquel sont combinées les meilleures technologies actuelles. 
  • Les mécaniques de guitare facilitent et simplifient son accordage. 

 

  • Le 3Dvarius s'adapte à chaque morphologie, il peut être utilisé avec tout type de coussin. 
  • Son design est pensé pour prévenir des tendinites ; son centre de gravité est très proche de l'épaule diminuant ainsi la masse ressentie.


  • Le 3Dvarius utilise un capteur sonore d'excellente qualité. 
  • La prise jack est positionnée au plus prés du chevalet afin de limiter les pertes du signal sonore et d'éviter les perturbations radio. 
  • Le 3Dvarius ne nécessite pas de pré-ampli ce qui garantit une retranscription fidèle du signal audio.
Reuters © C.Hartmann
Reuters © C.Hartmann

 

 

Le choix de la technologie d’impression 3D s’est porté vers la stéréolithographie pour son exceptionnelle précision d’impression et la résistance de ses matériaux. La durée d'impression pour le corps d'un 3Dvarius est de 24h pour plus de 30 000 couches de matière. 

 

A ce stade, tous les supports d’impression sont retirés manuellement. Puis des outils de précision sont utilisés pour finaliser parfaitement cette étape.

 

Les surfaces en contact avec les cordes et le corps du musicien sont poncées avec précision pour offrir un confort optimal de jeu et garantir la pureté du son.

 

Il s’agit de l’étape la plus délicate car c’est la première fois que la structure du violon va être sollicitée par la pression des cordes. La mise en tension doit être progressive et parfaitement symétrique jusqu’à l’obtention de l’accord parfait.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le CD de Laurent Bernadac contiendra les nombreuses chansons déjà reprises et disponibles sur Youtube. Mais aussi de nouveaux titres, dont un titre qui sera choisi par notre communauté. Alors n'attendez-plus et soumettez votre chanson préférée ici. La chanson la plus demandée sera reprise. 

Nous avons prédéfini 2 modèles de tee shirt. Vous pouvez soumettre votre tee shirt préféré ici. Le tee shirt le plus demandé sera sélectionné. 

 

 Découvrez ci-dessous plus de photos de la sourdine. 

 

 

 

Musiciens ou pas, participez à l'un de nos clips. Tout le monde aura un rôle à jouer !  

Le concert privé sera réalisé à Paris. Sa date sera communiquée après la campagne Kickstarter.   

La masterclass sera réalisée par Laurent Bernadac et abordera le thème suivant : l'improvisation au violon et l'utilisation des pédales à effet.

Découvrez ci-dessous plus de photos du 3Dvarius. 

 

 

Reuters © C.Hartmann
Reuters © C.Hartmann

 

 

 

 

 

Vous souhaitez écrire à propos du 3Dvarius ?  

Notre dossier de presse est disponible ici. N'hésitez pas à nous laisser un message ici

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[EN]
What we’ve done so far is take our initial idea to the stage of a working prototype; we’ve got an electric violin that you can see and hear on our YouTube videos, and that we have already presented and continue to present on TV shows, stage and famous professional events in the entire world.

Now, our first goal is to launch the first 3Dvarius production. And to reach it, we need to pay for material, transparent resin, minimum orders on parts and build. This amouts to $50k, which would be the smallest budget necessary to make the 3Dvarius a reality.

But that’s not all. We’re putting the project in the hands of the Kickstarter community because it is the best way to be directly in touch with the users of our product and build this together. If we reach our goal it’ll mean that there is a real need for the 3Dvarius and you’ll be the signal for that, so thanks in advance for your support. :)

[FR]
Aujourd'hui, le 3Dvarius n'est plus une idée, mais bel et bien un prototype fonctionnel. Nous avons fabriqué un violon électrique que vous pouvez voir et entendre sur nos vidéos YouTube, et que nous avons présenté lors de différentes émissions TV, concerts et célèbres événéments professionnels du monde entier.

Notre premier objectif est de lancer la première fabrication du 3Dvarius. Et pour y arriver, nous avons besoin de matériel et d'un minimum de commandes afin de lancer la production. Nous estimons ce budget à 50k€ afin de faire du 3Dvarius une réalité pour tout violoniste.

Nous avons choisi de lancer notre projet sur Kickstarter afin de bénéficier d'une communauté prête à nous aider. C'est certainement la meilleure option pour être en contact avec nos futurs utilisateurs. Si nous atteignons notre objectif, cela signifiera qu'il y a une vraie demande autour du 3Dvarius et qu'il est temps de lancer sa fabrication. Merci d'avance pour votre aide :)

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