Ultralight Printed Violin Hits Cabinets

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b3bb Now we have seen a b3bb good collection of 3D printed b3bb devices on this website, starting b3bb from Olaf Diegel’s guitar creations, b3bb to low-cost devices for college b3bb kids on a funds.

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b3bb However we seldom see any b3bb printed high-end devices accessible at b3bb bigger manufacturing runs. Something with b3bb a bigger price ticket appears b3bb to be restricted to distinctive b3bb devices.

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b3bb The brand new b3bb Karen Ultralight b3bb 3D printed electrical violin b3bb from Katahashi Devices adjustments that b3bb paradigm considerably by being a b3bb high quality instrument made for b3bb public consumption.

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b3bb And in case you thought b3bb “Karen” meant one thing else, b3bb then disgrace on you, as b3bb a result of in Japanese, b3bb “Karen” (可憐) refers to “ladies b3bb whose habits is elegant, aside b3bb from having a female and b3bb delicate determine”.

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b3bb And that’s precisely what this b3bb violin is: elegant and delicate, b3bb as you possibly can see b3bb within the photos.

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b3bb The vary of Karen Ultralight b3bb violins are available 4 totally b3bb different colours which might be b3bb Pearl White, Darkish Platinum, and b3bb Crimson Copper (seen under) and b3bb my private favourite, the smooth b3bb Black Piano mannequin.

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Karen red copper
b3bb Karen… resplendent in Crimson Copper b3bb (Picture credit score: Katahashi Devices)

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b3bb The Karen Ultralight is a b3bb 3D printed factor of magnificence b3bb combining conventional devices with trendy b3bb computational design. The normal violin b3bb elements are designed by Katahashi b3bb Devices and the futuristic bits b3bb are designed by Spanish design b3bb firm b3bb ANIMA Design b3bb , who’re primarily based out b3bb of Barcelona.

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b3bb As you possibly can see b3bb from the geometry of the b3bb violin, it has been designed b3bb with using some type of b3bb topology optimisation software program for b3bb optimum lightweighting, and that fab b3bb natural singular look that we b3bb like from topology optimisation.

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b3bb The physique itself has been b3bb printed with recyclable nylon materials b3bb with an MJF printing for b3bb superior energy in comparison with b3bb FDM.

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Black Piano
b3bb Black Piano mannequin.
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b3bb When it comes to the b3bb opposite {hardware}, the Karen encompasses b3bb a maple major physique/neck with b3bb birch fingerboard, and jujube for b3bb the tuning pegs and chin b3bb relaxation. The picket bodywork is b3bb roofed with a carbon fiber b3bb end.

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b3bb It’s an electrical instrument so b3bb it options pickup and preamp, b3bb a ¼ inch jack for b3bb connecting to an amp, mixing b3bb desk or headphones (so that b3bb you don’t annoy your neighbors b3bb an excessive amount of). The b3bb preamp is powered by a b3bb 9v battery and it has b3bb a few tone management knobs, b3bb plus an energetic/passive change.

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b3bb When you’re questioning why a b3bb standard Japanese instrument maker is b3bb creating devices which might be b3bb impressed by western luthiery, it b3bb is because the Japanese authorities b3bb created a coverage of adopting b3bb Western ideas on the finish b3bb of the nineteenth century.

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b3bb The Karen Ultralight is the b3bb newest to attract inspiration from b3bb this coverage.

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b3bb The Karen Ultralight retails for b3bb €1,850 euros (about the identical b3bb worth as a good Fender b3bb electrical guitar) and you may b3bb order one for your self b3bb on the web site over b3bb b3bb at this hyperlink b3bb .

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