3D printed violin – for real.

So, we know Omaha is so lucky and tremendously grateful for the support it gives it’s non-profits to boss places (such as, oh, maybe something called the Omaha Conservatory of Music!) and so much good is coming out of it.

Last month I finally visited the Do Space, a new technology library that is FREE! Great classes, cool tech, and 3D printing for just the cost of materials. Seriously rad.

Multiple sources said I needed to attend this 3D-printed violin exhibition they were holding and it did sound cool, but I’m picky about instruments for my students. I mean, I pay decent money and have a tricky time purchasing instruments that don’t fall apart in the first year. (Stringed instruments are finicky, kids.) But I went and watched Matt and Kaitlyn Hova give their very fun and unique presentation about their journey making a 3D printed violin, the Hovalin.Hovalin .jpegTheir mission was 3 fold: create something that is better than a normal beginning violin; Sturdier. More affordable. Doesn’t screech. And you know what? They totally did it. If I’m being totally honest I was prepared for it to sound like mud, but amplified it sounded like a regular electric violin. And if played acoustically it just sounded like it had a slight mute on, which many parents of beginning strings players would find very welcome. (We don’t all sound like Yo-Yo Ma at 5 years old.)

It turns out we have mutual friends in common as the Hovas are originally from Omaha, and they couldn’t have been warmer or more hilarious individuals. If that wasn’t enough, they are giving the instructions away to make your own 3D printed violin FOR FREE. In combination with the Do Space you can use their equipment and print the entire project for around $70. That’s unreal. Katelyn hova .jpeg

I will of course keep bugging them until they make the smaller sizes of instruments so we can try these out for my kiddos. And of course I want a 3D printed cello myself.

They also just announced their new 2.0 version – check them out!

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