19 DIY Lamp Shade (Most for Free)

You know what 3D printing is really good for? DIY lamp shades, that’s what. Here’s a selection of free & premium designs to 3D print yourself.

Here at ALL3DP, one of our favorite applications for 3D printing is custom lamp designs to light up the darkness.

In fact, digging around on specialist content repositories like Cults 3D, you can find some stunning examples of DIY lamp shades.

Presented below is a selection of the best designs. Please note that the majority of these models are free to download, except where otherwise noted for premium models.

DIY Lamp Shade #1: M&O Paris lamp

This beautiful lamp was inspired by the most famous building in Paris, the Eiffel Tower. Designed and engineered by Samuel N. Bernier, a Canadian industrial designer, this item can be easily produced using any conventional desktop 3D printer. It’s printed in several pieces however, so some assembly is required.

DIY Lamp Shade #2: Lump

The low-poly Lump is a rather endearing lamp shade. It’s pretty minimalist, granted, but it’s also incredibly easy to fabricate on a 3D printer. You won’t need any supports or rafts, so there’s no fuss or muss. Make a couple of these in any color you like, and have an instant upgrade to any light fitting in your house.

DIY Lamp Shade #3: LampiON Lamp Shade

The LampiON lamp shade is a premium design, retailing for 15 euro, which is made of two separate parts modelled on a simple hexagonal grid. You can either use one or both parts in a single construct, layering one over the other, depending on your personal style. It looks cool, for example, if you print the “web” is a different color.

DIY Lamp Shade #4: Ribone Cross One

From award winning designer Martin Žampach, Ribone Cross One is a striking design of intersecting lines. Combine this lamp shade with a dimmer switch, and it gives off a pulsing optical illusion when the lights are turned on. This premium design retails for 10 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #5: The Pumpkin Lamp

The Pumpkin Lamp, a.k.a. “La Citrouille D’Omar”, is a novelty item perhaps best saved for the Halloween season (unless you’re one of those folks with a pale complexion for whom it’s Halloween all year long). Print off several and pair them up with green light cables, and enjoy your light-up pumpkin patch.

DIY Lamp Shade #6: Artichoke Lamp

Inspired by another vegetable, this time the leaves of an artichoke, this beautiful lamp shade would make a nice addition for the home or office. You can use any standard hanging light cord and a low temp bulb.

DIY Lamp Shade #7: SMF.01

The SMF.01 is an elegant floor lamp assembled from 3D printable components plus wood strips and a light cord with light bulb socket. The STL files retail for 6 euro, and you’ll have to supply the rest of the components yourself. It’s a neat idea, to make your own furniture. In fact, that’s exactly what SMF stands for — Self Made Furniture.

DIY Lamp Shade#8: Valeria Lamp

The Valeria lamp is a very sophisticated design. So sophisticated, in fact, it wouldn’t look amiss in the library of Ron Burgundy, with its mahogany shelves filled with leather books. The small dimensions of Valeria make it most useful as a table lamp, and it’s easy to assemble and print. This premium model retails for 3.99 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #9: Night Light

The Night Light emits a warm reassuring glow, perfect for keeping nightmares at bay. And check out its sibling, the Spot Light, if you’d prefer some disco-flavored shenanigans with your interior lighting.

DIY Lamp Shade#10: Iceberg Lamp Shade

Like the Lump, the Iceberg is a DIY lamp shade with a low-poly design, but this item is more visually ambitious. Its angles have mutated and grown to an intimidating size. It should still be relatively easy to print, though. The Iceberg is a premium design that retails for 15 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #11: Anna Flower Light

The Anna Flower Light is truly a labor of love — designer Gordon LaPlante says he made it “for my love and the co-founder of gCreate, Anna Lee”. The light resembles a hanging flower and projects light evenly across the room, while also providing ample down light.

DIY Lamp Shade #12: Z-Lamp

Another lamp from designer Helder Santos — this time offered via the collective EUMAKERS umbrella — and we’re getting another strong Ron Burgundy vibe from the Z-Lamp. Reasonably certain that Mr. Santos is a fan of the “Anchorman” films… and there’s absolutely no shame in that!

DIY Lamp Shade #13: Ribone Collection

The Ribone takes its inspiration from the visual aestheic of heat-sinks on industrial lamps or LED bulbs. And hey, it looks positively super. This premium model retails for 10 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #14: LUX Lamp

According to its designer, the LUX lamp “celebrates the light in the darkest time of the year, winter.” It was designed and printed during the Lux Helsinki light festival in January this year. This truly remarkable design is a premium model and can be yours for just 1 euro.

DIY Lamp Shade #15: Clasp

You won’t get much shade from the Clasp, but it’s a smart little ornament nonetheless. A disembodied hand has a tight grip on the light bulb, whilst the power cord and switch trails out just below the wrist. The cool thing about this design is its versatility; it can also be attached to a wall socket and keep ahold of your phone while it’s charging.

DIY Lamp Shade #16: Monkey and Bunny Voronoi Lamps

These voronoi lamps are pretty dazzling, and you’ll want to dims the lights elsewhere in the room to see the full effect. Available as either “monkey” or “bunny“, the shades have been designed to cast some delightful shadows on the walls. Designer mingshiuan has actually created a whole series of lamps in this style, like a skull or a heart, and it’s definitely worth checking out the whole series.

DIY Lamp Shade #17: Ghost Lightclip

Convert the LED light on your smartphone into a spooooky desk lamp with the Ghost, part of the Lightclip series from Lab02. Other Lightclips include a Ninja Ghost and a Batman Bat-signal. These designs are great, but unfortunately they’re compatible with iPhone 5 / 5s and iPhone 4 / 4s only. Some adjustment of the STL files might be necessary!

DIY Lamp Shade #18: Lampe

The Lampe is a great functional print from designer extraordinaire Agustin Flowalistik. You may have encountered his low-poly Pokemon, but now he’s branching out into practical designs with a stylish flourish. With accessibility in mind, no screws or glue are required to assemble the Lampe, and it can be printed on any printer with a 120 x 120 x 120 mm printing surface (heated bed not necessary if using PLA).

DIY Lamp Shade #19: Square LED Lamp

One more roll of the dice from Helder Santos, and he’s taking a step back from the “Anchorman” influence for a more retrofuturistic design. This is a simple, elegant LED lamp designed to house a 60 cm 12V LED strip. It features a battery compartment, so it can be mounted without needing a power socket nearby. The Square can be 3D printed without supports, and doesn’t require glue or screws to be assembled.

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Original and Modern, a 3D Wooden Pot for Your Pot Plant!


Bring a touch of originality and modernity to your succulents or cacti in pots with this Pot / pot cover design, geometric, printed in 3D Wooden.

No need to repot your plants or cacti, you can put your pot directly (standard 9cm diameter) inside!

20Its clean lines, inspired by origami, and material will bring a natural side, modern and original touch to your home, but also makes an original gift for your loved ones!


This object is made from a special wood PLA, PLA plastic mixture to 70% and 30% PTFE certified wood.

This material gives the look, feel and unique smell of raw wood.

Why did we choose 3D printing WOOD rather than woodworking?

It’s simple: it allows us to unleash our creativity and create objects with particularly complex and detailed lines while keeping costs low, even produced in small series.

We call it the democratic design or design, originality and small series for everyone!

Welcome to Geeetech~  Here you might encounter your favorite 3D printer and create fabulous works!

A collection of post-processing guides make 3D printing Easier!!

Here are six new guides to post-processing for 3D printing, including how to sand, glue, and paint 3D printed items. This short article shows how to achieve a perfect surface finish, as well as how to make silicone molds from 3D prints and how to carry out vacuum forming.

Post-processing opens up a world of interesting possibilities beyond just the print, but requires you to think about the process a bit differently.

Here are the important bits:

Sanding 3D printed models can help to remove the appearance of layer lines, but it is important to carry out the practice carefully, starting with rougher paper and finishing with softer. It is also important not to sand in one place for too long as heat generated from friction could melt the PLA. It is advised that surfaces printed in the Z axis will have the smoothest surface finish, and if you plan to glue your model, take care not to remove too much material around seams or joining surfaces.




Sanding a 3D printed part

For when the gluing stage comes around, here is one hot tip: when creating joints or keys for a model, one should make sure to create joining features large enough for the 3D printer to create them cleanly. Generally, features should be larger than 4-5mm in diameter. Glued components should be secured together using rubber bands, and cyanoacrylate glue should be used to spot glue around the connecting areas. If seams are rough or have gaps, bondo or filler can be used to smooth them.




Gluing a 3D printed part

When a 3D printed part is sanded and glued together, painting is often the next step. For this important stage of post-processing, it is highly recommended hanging the prepared 3D print in an open, dust-free space with plenty of ventilation. This will allow you to paint all surfaces evenly without having to handle the model while paint is drying. Primer/filler should be used first, followed by another stage of sanding, after which paint should be sprayed at an arm’s length from the object. The painted object will be ready to polish after 1-2 days.




Painting a 3D printed part

To add longevity to 3D printed enclosures that need to accept screws, it is often useful to install threaded inserts. When doing so, holes in a model should be made slightly smaller than the inserts to be installed. This will account for any plastic that melts when installing the inserts. Additionally, increasing the number of shells will leave more plastic around inserts. When installing the inserts, it is useful to keep the 3D printed part secure in a vice, and incredibly important to only install the inserts gradually, since PLA can deform at moderate temperatures.




Installing threaded inserts into a 3D printed part

The final part of the post-processing guide concerns how to vacuum form using 3D printed molds. Vacuum forming is a manufacturing process in which a sheet of plastic is heated and pressed over a form to create a part, and is used to make plastic containers, amongst other things. When 3D printing vacuum forming molds, we suggest increasing shells and infill settings to create a strong mold that will withstand the pressures of vacuum forming. An industrial vacuum forming machine is needed to heat the plastic sheet, which can then be pressed over the 3D printed mold. According to MakerBot, it is worth producing two or three spare 3D printed molds up front in case the first mold becomes damaged.




Vacuum forming with a 3D printed mold

With these beneficial tips for post-processing 3D printed items, we envision a thriving future for the development of 3D manufacturing and a vista of more and more 3D hobbyists joining us~~

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20 Challenging Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models (for Free) |Part Two

Hi, you guys ~ Today we will continue  to share another ten dual extruder 3D printer models to satisfy your curiosity for the fabulous 3D printing world! !

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #11: Two-Color Octopus


Oh hey, did you think nervoussystem would stop at a mere frog? Nope! Here’s a two-color octopus…

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extrusion 3D Printer Model #12: Two-Color Cat


… and here’s a two-color cat! This colorful feline is available in two poses: relaxed, and ultra-relaxed.

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extrusion 3D Printer Model #13: Yin-Yang Dimmer Knob


The eternal battle between lightness and darkness made literal, with a quirky dimmer switch in a yin-yang style. The design of this dimmer switch is especially appropriate for the next item on our list…

(Download from Cults3D)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #14: Artisan Soap-Dish


We’re stumped as what qualifies this soap dish as “artisan”, exactly. But hey, it comes in two tones. Pretty!

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extrusion 3D Printer Model #15: Green Lantern Ring


If you’d like to keep your cosplay subtle and sophisticated, then this magical Green Lantern ring should fit the bill. Green not your color? Maker Kevin Skeuse has a whole series of lantern rings for every spectrum in comic book legend: blue, red,indigo, orange, sapphire and yellow.

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #16: Retro 8-Bit Geek Glasses


Demonstrate your boffin credentials with with these retro 8-bit geek glasses. Also available in a “nerd” variation of pixelated pride. Whose side are you on: Geek or Nerd?

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #17: D20 Dice


Another great application for dual extrusion is dice. This model is a 20 sided die with flush numbers, perfect for long sessions of role-playing games like Advanced Dungeons & Dragons.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #18: Aria the Dragon


This model is actually at the centre of a major controversy on Thingiverse, where multiple designs have founded their way onto eBay as 3D printed objects in violation of Creative Commons licensing. Designer Louise Driggers first sounded the alarm when she found that her Aria the Dragon was one of over 2,000 designs being sold without maker consent or permission.

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #19: Two Color Vase


This elegant ornament can be printed in either one color or two. But it’s much more striking when fabricated with dual extrusion in two contrasting shades.

(Download from Cults3D)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #20: Star Keychain from Super Mario World


A very simple dualstrusion project here, a flat keychain in the retro style of the 16-bit star from Super Mario World. What makes it so easy is that the design is more 2D than 3D, so the complexity is kept to a minimum.

(Download from Pinshape)

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20 Challenging Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models (for Free) |Part One

Need an advanced and colorful challenge? Here are 35 free dual extrusion models specially designed for your dual extruder 3D printer.

3D printing is a fun hobby, and one that you can make as simple or as complicated as you like. Making stuff in a single material, for example, is pretty much the standard option for most 3D printers and projects. But what if you wanted to print something in more than one material? This is where a dual extruder 3D printer comes in handy.

What’s a dual extruder 3D printer? It’s an evolution of the Fused Filament Fabrication (FFF) technology, where instead of one hot-end extruding molten thermoplastic filament, it has two hot-ends with two separate spools of filament. Therefore, it becomes possible to print off objects in two colors or two materials (or both).

It’s also a useful technique for fabricating objects with complex geometry. Using a secondary dissolvable material, you can create removable supports for those tricky overhangs and bridges that single extruder 3D printers can’t handle.

In software terms, “dualstrusion” works by overlaying two separate (but interlocking) models on top of each other in the same physical space, and the slicing software issues commands to the 3D printer to distinguish between them when printing the object.

Current dual extruder 3D printers on the market include the Ultimaker 3BCN3D Sigma, Makerbot Replicator 2X, Printrbot Plus and Flashforge Creator Pro. Some manufacturers go even further, and offer machines capable of triple and evenquadruple extrusion!

But let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Here’s a list of models that are just perfect for dual extruder 3D printers. Master these objects, and you are truly on the path to becoming a true 3D printing guru.

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #1: Low-Poly Pokemon


According to designer extraordinaire Flowalistik, Pokemon and 3D printing have something in common: they both evolve. The multi and dual extrusion Low-Poly Pikachu is designed to show all the possibilities of dual and multi extrusion 3D Printers. This model is more complex but easier to print, and it keeps all the features from the original design: it doesn’t need support material, infill or prime tower. There are three more in the series: Squirtle, Bulbasaur, and Charmander.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #2: Jack the Pumpkin King


From the Brothers Ruiz at Adafruit comes this deliciously evil pumpkin head, named after (we presume) Jack from The Nightmare before Christmas. Print one off in time for Halloween, but keep those candles away — unless you like the smell of burning plastic.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #3: Mini Tri-Spinner


This is a sophisticated fidget toy, powered by a mini ball bearing, that spins and spins with just a flick of the fingers. The dual extrusion is just to add a bit of color and flair as it rotates.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #4: Uli3ot Female


A bit of fun to celebrate the launch of the Ultimaker 3 — a dual extrusion 3D printer, if you hadn’t already heard — sees the popular Ultibot mascot given a gender swap with an artfully placed number 3.

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #5: Captain Underpants HypnoRing5

This is a cosplay prop from a kid’s TV show, the Captain Underpants HypnoRing. The beauty of this design is that, if the white section is printed with glow-in-the-dark filament, it adds a nice luminous effect in low-light conditions. Perfect for beguiling your opponents!

(Download from YouMagine)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #6: Fashion Traffic Cones Collection


Perhaps the first thing people attempt with dual extrusion is the humble traffic cone. With two tones of orange and white, it’s a simple and appealing design. This collection builds on that concept with more elaborate variations, so the printed object looks less like a traffic cone and more like a wizard’s hat!

(Download from Thingiverse)

 Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #7: Two Color World


A very early proof of concept for dual extrusion — dating back to 2011 — is the two color world, with a representation of the Earth rendered in blue and green filament. A remixed version is the Giant Hollow Two Color World, which is a super-sized version for folks with bigger printers.

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #8: Dual Color 3DBenchy


3DBenchy, the jolly 3D printing torture test, started out life as an open-source calibration model for FDM 3D printers. The little tugboat has proved tremendously popular, and its designers have extended the design to cover dual extrusion 3D printers too. Another version for full multi-color printing is also available, but don’t run before you can walk!

(Download from Thingiverse)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #9: Micro Glider


This micro glider is made by combining two different types of filament, PLA and filaflex, to form a functional object that can fly through the air with the greatest of ease. Firstly, a super fine 0.2 mm layer of filaflex is laid down, and then overlaid with PLA, to create an elastic membrane. Proof that “dualstrusion” is not just about aesthetics, but can have an engineering application, too.

(Download from Cults3D)

Dual Extruder 3D Printer Models #10: OpenRC Experimental Wheel


The Open R/C Formula 1 project is a great initiative by maker Daniel Noree, who’s shared his open source blueprints for a 3D printed radio controlled car. The most critical component of any car — radio-controlled or otherwise — are the wheels. Which is why Noree has been experimenting with printing the wheels using a dual extruder: flexible rubber for the tires, plus solid ABS for the rims. The model is still at an experimental stage, however!

(Download from Pinshape)

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A 3D printed robot salamander that can walk, crawl and even swim underwater

Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a robot which accurately mimics the gait and movement of a salamander. ‘Pleurobot’ consists of 3D printed bones and motorized joints, and could be used in the development of medical devices.

3D printed robot salamander

While X-rays are most commonly used to look at broken bones and other human bodily problems, the technology can also be used to learn about animals, potentially paving the way for radical new developments in robotics, medicine, and other fields. When a team of scientists from EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory recently put a live salamander under an X-ray, they weren’t sizing it up for a new leg brace. Instead, they wanted to observe the motion of the ancient amphibian’s skeleton in order to better understand how it moves, enabling them to build a realistic robotic version of the creature and learn a thing or two about the evolution of vertebrate locomotion at the same time.

The partially 3D printed salamander robot consists of 3D printed bones, motorized joints, and a “nervous system” made up of electronic circuitry. A fun project then, but the researchers also believe the robot to be more biomimetically realistic than any other robo-salamanders out there. And no, before you ask, that’s not an insignificant achievement: the EPFL team, led by Prof. Auke Ijspeert, had actually developed a number of realistic salamander robots before Pleurobot, but none of those previous models were designed with close reference to the 3D motion of the creature’s skeleton.



Pleurobot, then, is a salamander robot like no other. By capturing X-ray videos of a real, living Pleurodeles waltl from the top and side, tracking 64 individual points on its skeleton, the scientists were able to observe the amphibian’s skeletal motions while it made different kinds of movement on the ground and in water. By mimicking those skeletal movements, the 3D printed robot is able to walk and swim in much the same way as its living counterpart. “What is new is really our approach to building Pleurobot,” Ijspeert explained. “It involves striking a balance between designing a simplified bone structure and replicating the salamander’s gait in three dimensions.”

Although directly inspired by the skeletal movement of the salamander, Pleurobot actually contains fewer “bones” than the real creature, with 27 motors and 11 segments making up entire spinal section. The salamander, on the other hand, has 40 vertebrae and multiple joints able to move different directions. Despite being anatomically simpler than its organic inspiration, however, the 3D printed robot actually contains the minimum number of segments required to accurate replicate the motion of the salamander.


It has been demonstrated that electrical stimulation of the salamander’s spinal cord determines whether it walks, crawls, or swims, but by observing and robotically replicating the movements of the creature, Ijspeert and co can now learn more about how exactly the spinal cord controls bodily movement—not just in the salamander, but in humans too. With this knowledge, the EPFL scientists and their peers may be able to develop future therapies and neuroprosthetic devices for amputees and paraplegic patients.

“Animal locomotion is an inherently complex process,” said Kostas Karakasilliotis, designer of the early versions of the Pleurobot. “Modern tools like cineradiography, 3D printing, and fast computing help us draw closer and closer to understanding and replicating it.”

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12-year old builds working 3D Printer out of over-the-shelf LEGO parts and a 3D Printing Pen

It is often said that the youth of today are the future. This is accurate in just about on every regard, and considering the nature of how linear time works, it would be difficult to find someone that doesn’t find truth in the statement. The more I follow 3D printing however, the more I become convinced that today’s youth are capable of innovating just fine right here in the present.

Whether its a 17 year old’s low-cost SLS 3D printer, a 15 year old innovating in the field of robotics or another pushing the boundries of mind-control, the youth of today don’t seem to want to wait for their chance to make a difference.

So when a 12-year old tinkerer went ahead and made a 3D printer using a LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit and a low-cost 3D printing pen, I was barely even surprised. And while it’s doubtful it’ll be able to produce intricate 100 micron models at blistering speed with incredible accuracy any time soon, it still offers a really cool, think-outside-the-lego-box approach to creating a 3D printer.

Too young to even sign up for Instructables himself (his mom made the account for him) the contraption is based on motors moving around the extruding pen in three-dimensional space (x/y/z) while following the basic rules of just about every 3D printer out there today.

Even though the build instructions include everything you need to complete the project, a lot is left up to interpretation. So the perfectionist might feel a little frustrated regarding how exactly things work with steps such as “Add another very smooth connector between the two small pillars. Basically make the structure sturdy by adding support where ever necessary using Lego/K’NEX pieces.” But heck, if it works it works and the visual aides provided should suffice in assisting you in building a similar 3D printer of your own.

Additionally, technical purists might be brought to tears when trying to figure out the tension required and how much tape to use for instructions like “on the ring, create an obtruded part, such that the part touches the button to start the 3D printing pen. On the other side of the ring, attach a piece of yarn that will go to the other edge of the prism and ultimately to the motor. The motor will have the string taped to its axle.” But again, with a little effort and tinkering, everything you need to reproduce the 3D printer is made available.

At the end of the day, the the goal was to create a working 3D printer with Lego (and some K’NEX) and that’s exactly what useramoghp succeeded in doing. Sure, the software used was primitive (Minstorms EV3 Home Edition) and the results remain a work in progress (it is difficult to determine how many layers completed on the only provided sample 3D print) but for a 12-year old hoping to win the site’s current 3D printing contest in the youth category (you can vote for him at the top right of his Instructable), I think he accomplished everything and then some.

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3Dvarius-Electric Violin Created By 3D Printing

3d printed violin

This project was lauched on kickstarter 7 DAYS ago and it has got 97 backers, and received $43,282 now and their  goal is $56,586.

The 3Dvarius was born digitally in 2012, in Laurent Bernadac’s mind, the violinist and engineer who conceived it on his computer. He wanted to create an electric violin which could fulfill all the needs of a classical musician.

3d printed violin

A first prototype saw the day at the beginning of 2013, entirely hand-crafted by a stringed instrument maker, in transparent polycarbonate. But this violin was too heavy and thus hardly playable.

Laurent continued working on developing and improving his violin: better design, weight reduction, smoother sound-wave flow, and refined curves. All this to achieve his original goal which was:

3d printed violin

The 3Dvarius is an electric violin created by 3D printing technology and based on the model of a real Stradivarius violin.

Laurent Bernadac made it with a revolutionary design, at the service of the more demanding violinists.

Its body is printed as a single piece, thus departing from traditional musical instrument production, giving it a very unique property: it allows for smooth, optimal sound-wave flow throughout the instrument, offering the violinist greater sound control.

3d printed violin

Combining the precision and power of 3D-printing with ancient violin-making skills, its innovative design, in the service of violinist, marks a further step towards the perfect symbiosis between musician and instrument.

like an electronic Violin

or like a classical one

For more details, please check the project on kickstarter.