Following hot on the heels of recent experiments by Monad Studios to create a 3D-printed violin and a 3D-printed cello, a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art in the US has created a 3D-printed violin bow. Austin Peppel is interested in recreating the sound of a good quality bow, but for a fraction of the cost:
'If it doesn’t sound the same, it’s too close for me to tell the difference,' Peppel told 3DPrint.com. 'It may not be equal to a $5,000 bow yet, but it’s getting there. The real importance of the bow is giving the right amount of flex, and with the addition or removal of material, all of that can be controlled.'
The bow demonstrated in the video is the result of two dozen experiments and discussions with several luthiers, who despite their help, were unconvinced that the project could work.