I Can’t Decide if this Crazy Looking 3D-Printed Violin is a Weapon or an Instrument

By: | April 16th, 2015

Architects at Miami’s MONAD Studio have 3D-printed a futuristic-looking violin, consisting of merely two strings, but still producing the same sound quality as a traditional violin.

Called the “Piezoelectric Violin,” it actually resembles more of a weapon of some sort in my opinion. It will make its debut at a design show in New York next week.

But that’s not all…

The violin will actually be played alongside other ultra-modern MONAD instruments, including a cello, and a small and large didgeridoo, which look equally as interesting as far as new-age instruments go.

Recently, designer Eric Goldemberg told BBC Culture the idea behind the 3D-printed Violin:

“Our desire to create unusual instruments emerged when we realised the aesthetic and technical issues we were facing as architects did not differ much from those of musicians and composers,” Goldemberg said. “With each of our original instruments, a certain functionality and ergonomic structure is preserved: this is why we can call our violin a violin, our cello, a cello, and so forth. There is a certain physical standard of componentry which must be maintained.”

Marshall Smith

Technology, engineering, and design enthusiast.

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