Designed by Monad Studios, the instrument was revealed at the 3D Print Design Show in New York


Monad Studios unveiled a 2-string 3D-printed violin and a single-string 3D-printed cello at the 3D Print Design Show in New York last week, whereluthier Scott F. Hall demonstrated the cello's capabilities (pictured).

3D printing is a process of making three dimensional solid objects from a digital design. The creation of a 3D-printed object is achieved by laying down successive layers of material until the entire object is created. Each of these layers is a thinly sliced horizontal cross-section.

Monad's instruments were made using a MakerBot Replicator Z18 and PLA plastic. Three separately printed pieces make up the cello, which took ten days to complete.

The cello has now been performed by Metropolitan Opera cellist David Heiss for American station CNBC.

Watch him performing the instrument below:

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