For many experienced 3D printing enthusiasts, 3D printing instruments are not a very rare thing. But if this happened to an 11-year-old child, it would be unusual. In fact, Dane Jarvis, an 11-year-old boy from Fenton, Michigan, did just that. The very advanced 5th grade primary school student printed a violin that could be played at home with just one ordinary 3D printer. Now he has tried to use this as a business to provide 3D printed violin for others.
Of course, this is mainly because the boy has two special hobbies: music and engineering. These two hobbies are still rare among children like his age. Dane has been studying violin under the guidance of Lisa Bayer of the Prelude String Orchestra since the age of 8. This summer, Bayer occasionally read an article about 3D printed instruments, and he talked to Little Dane. The clever little boy immediately began to pay for a 3D printer. He eventually smashed $200 and, with Bayer-sponsored $400, started his violin 3D printing business.
According to Bayer, Dane has been constantly trying to correct and improve the 3D printing of the first violin. "We have been doing this since July of this year." Bayer said: "The first time we did is mine, and now we are doing Dane." The model they chose was Hovalin - it is An open source 3D printed violin model designed and shared by Kaitlyn and Matt Hova. Its design is inspired by the iconic Stradivarius violin.
It is possible that every 3D printer user has such an experience, and such errors and problems often occur in general 3D printing. But Dane hasn't given up, insisting on trying to solve every failure he has encountered, and now he has become a small 3D printing expert to some extent. "It's not that you just need to press a button and the violin will be 3D printed. There are a lot of things going wrong in this process, and I just let Dane do it the way I want it," Bayer said. The video below is Dane showing his 3D printed violin.
From the above video we can see that the Dane 3D printing model took a total of 24 hours (18 hours of single body), and several times had to rework and reprint. Then it took time and labor to clean and polish, and finally gave the plastic instrument a string. All of this, the small Dane used a total of half of the white and green wire.
The end result is impressive, according to the veteran violinist Bayer, who played very well, except that the sound from the body was not too loud. "It's a bit small," Bayer said. "The violin is generally louder." But in fact, this 3D printed violin has been able to meet the needs of third- to eighth-year students, and is more suitable for school use than regular violin. . “They are much more durable than wooden violins,” says Bayer. “And kids can choose the color they like.”
So, what is Dane's next step? He is going to print the second violin for himself in 3D, which is the first step he took on the 3D printing business. Bayer has revealed that she will be responsible for business and mentoring, while Dane is responsible for all research and 3D printing. According to the plan, they intend to sell to the customer at a price of $250 per violin, and the cost of the wire is about $70. However, even at this price, it is still more economical than a mid-range violin starting at about $600 on the market.
In addition, the entrepreneurial duo is also planning to form a complete Prelude string composed of three to eight students, each of whom uses this 3D printed violin.