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Choose your violin settings
Choose a violin size:
Include built-in supports?
With Supports
Without Supports
Single Piece or Multi-piece Chamber?
Single Piece Chamber
Multi-piece Chamber
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.
Shopping List
Here are some printers that we recommend.
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.
The Hovalin is designed specifically to these tuner dimensions, so please use them:
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 can be expensive. We are fans of high value, low cost. Here are a few brands of strings that we endorse:
8mm (aka 5/16 inch) outer diameter by 500mm length carbon fiber rod. No cutting necessary
Bows can also be expensive, we are fans of high value, low cost. Here are a few brands of bows that we support.
Clean Up
Remove all buildplate adhesion material and supports.

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.
Install Tuner Pegs
peg end break off
Snap off the screw holes on the tuner pegs using a wrench.
peg insert
Insert the tuning pegs into the violin neck as shown in the picture.
peg tighten
Once the pegs are pushed into place, screw in the top piece, first by hand, then using a 10mm hex wrench.
hovalin assembly

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.
Install Strings
strings on bridgestrings on tuning pegs
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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