Mar.3, 2013 | By Eelke van den Bos

Armed with a combination of wheat paste, paper and some easy accessible materials the makers at Bayesian Empiritheurgy set out to construct a true paper mache violin. Inspired by south American ingenuity the goal was to build a low cost instrument with some help from a 3D printer, for a large-scale hackspace competition "the Deconstruction", a collaboration between friends, teams, and the public.

While the build-kits for violin bodies are wide-spread on the net, the team took the round trip and made a prototype of their own using cardboard and silver foil like a true deconstructionist. The results however weren't convincing, forcing them to take the computer aided design (CAD) approach.

(3D printed plastic mold of the violin body | credit: bayesian-empiritheurgy)

Printing the mold using 3D printing technology gave rise to some dimensional limitations. The 3D printer wasn't able to print the complete body in one piece. Splitting the body into smaller pieces and assembling them together afterwards solved the issue and enabled them to move on.

The finished mold was covered in silver foil, drenched in wheat paste and newspapers and set to dry. After repeating this step once more, two solid pieces of paper mache violin body were acquired and assembly of the 3D printed body, neck, bridge and tuners could begin with help of epoxy. Listen below to the sound of paper mache and 3d printing technology, plus of course a lot of effort from the makers at Bayesian Empiritheurgy.

“Paper mache and 3D printing technology put together to create a symphony.”









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Michael Raphael wrote at 3/4/2013 4:41:59 AM:

A few months ago we 3D scanned a real Stradivarius violin. Try 3D printing that. See picture at

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