I would like to show you Banjiolin : a kind of little mixed banjo-violin.
I created this thing to participate of the challenge "Make It Loud". I though, if it is to make loud : it's better to play melody !!
So, I imagined a musical instrument based on the best them : Violin.
6 months ago, my friend Virgile bought a 3D printer (prusa i3) and a sample of each type of filament (wood, filaflex, extruder cleaning filament, ...). A spark sprung from my mind :
Why do not try using a flexible filament for strings and an extruder cleaning filament (kind of rough filament) as horsehair bow ??
I created this to test and validate the explained idea (printed by my friends Mat' and Virgile) and I asked to my daughter Fanette (better violinist than I know) to be the 'test pilot'.
All parts of this instrument are clippable, easy to assemble / disassemble and easy to tidy up
After testing, it appears it is more a banjo than a violin... You can play in 'pizzicato' but not with the bow... rough filament doesn't produce a good vibration :(
However, you can tune 'strings' by different tension, it works ! You can play "music" :)
I used Sketchup 2015 (Free) to design Banjiolin.