HOVALIN

Let's Make a violin

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Warning!!! As with any craft, violin making and 3D printing requires attention to safety. Do not attempt to build the violin without parental supervision. When in doubt, ask for assistance.

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SHOPPING LIST

3D PRINTER

Here are some printers that we recommend.

PLASTIC

We like Hatchbox filament because of its quality and low cost, but any filament on Amazon with a 4 star rating from more than 10 people is probably fine.

TUNERS

The Hovalin is designed specifically to these tuner dimensions, so please use them:

ROSIN

Rosin helps to keep your violin from squeaking and keeps the bow on the strings.Here are a few brands of rosin that we suggest:

STRINGS

Strings can be expensive. We are fans of high value, low cost.Here are a few brands of strings that we endorse:

CARBON FIBER RODS

8mm (aka 5/16 inch) outer diameter by 500mm length carbon fiber rod. No cutting necessary

BOW

Bows can also be expensive, we are fans of high value, low cost.Here are a few brands of bows that we support.

The Neck

9 PRINT HOURS | 90g PLASTIC

PARAMETERS

Layer Height: .1mm

Infill: 50%

Perimeters: 3

The Top

6 PRINT HOURS | 130g PLASTIC

PARAMETERS

Layer Height: .3mm

Infill: 50%

Perimeters: 2

The Middle

4 PRINT HOURS | 80g PLASTIC

PARAMETERS

Layer Height: .3mm

Infill: 50%

Perimeters: 2

The Bottom

7 PRINT HOURS | 180g PLASTIC

PARAMETERS

Layer Height: .3mm

Infill: 50%

Perimeters: 2

The Joints

2 PRINT HOURS | 50g PLASTIC

PARAMETERS

Layer Height: .3mm

Infill: 50%

Perimeters: 4

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CLEAN UP

Remove all supports and skirts from the printed parts.

Remove

Keep

Sanding the fretboard will help get rid of any buzzing overtones. It can also give the violin a more finished look. I've had good results by sanding at 100 grit, then moving on to 300, and then 600 grit sandpaper. For extra credit, sand the rest of the surfaces as well.

4

Install Tuner Pegs

Remove all supports and skirts from the printed parts.

Remove all supports and skirts from the printed parts.

Remove all supports and skirts from the printed parts.

5

Assemble

Fit together the bottom, middle, and top pieces. Once the pieces are locked together, slide the corresponding joints into place. Be sure to position the joints so that their embossed word "top" or "bot" matches the corresponding "top" or "bot" on the violin body. Once the joints are inserted, slide the neck into place.

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Install Strings

Feed the strings through the hole at the base of the violin, through the hole at the top of the neck, and then through the tuning peg.

Dealing with string deflection

Once the strings are installed and tuned, each violin will have a slightly different amount of deflection between the neck and the strings due to the material, print settings, and printer used. If the strings rest too close to the violin neck, detune, remove the carbon fiber rod, and re-tune. Over time, the strings' action will bend the violin towards an acceptable distance from the neck. Note: It's okay to play the violin without the carbon fiber rod, but over time, PLA will continue to warp if the carbon fiber rod is not installed.

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