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

10 PRINT HOURS | 90g PLASTIC

PARAMETERS

Layer Height: .2mm

Infill: 30%

Perimeters: 3

The Body

33 PRINT HOURS | 390g PLASTIC

PARAMETERS

Layer Height: .3mm

Infill: 30%

Perimeters: 2

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CLEAN UP

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.

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Install Tuner Pegs

Snap off the screw holes on the tuner pegs using a wrench.

Insert the tuning pegs into the violin neck as shown in the picture.

Once the pegs are pushed into place, screw in the top piece, first by hand, then using a 10mm hex wrench.

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Assemble

Fit together the neck and chamber pieces. Once the pieces are locked together, insert the carbon fiber rod through the top of the neck down through the chamber so that it is flush with the top of the neck.

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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.

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