Step 6: How to Draw a Violin A

This"How too" is in response to people asking how i drew my violin , its not a strad 

I call this a 1234 design , if you use this to make a violin , please call it a "1234" design 
its quite simple and basicly  shows how the shape comes around using the golden rules where each radius is 1x  2x 4x 

To start off you need a measurement to start , so measure the bridge , you want the centre of the foot stance , on my violin its 32mm 

so starting at 1/2 , 1 , 2, 3, 4,  the measurement  you get 

16mm ,  32mm ,  64mm , 96mm , 128mm , these are the radius of your circles 

To start draw a 32mm radius circle on a centre line about 200mm right of the edge of the page (A3)

<p>Could you make the CAD plans for the violin public? I am interested in making a copy of your 1234 design.</p>
<p>What you have done here is an amazing achievement. I congratulate you.</p><p>I am in the early stages of designing an electric viola. I was going to use wood, but now I am thinking very seriously of using CF after making a model in clay or some other easy modelling material. Mine will be solid-body, and should present less challenges than the acoustic violin. I ought to be able to make the body and neck in one piece. If you have the time to correspond I would very much appreciate it.</p>
<p>Beautiful, and a first try ! How many layers of carbon fiber did you use for the top plate? what is the final thickness before resin and after resin? thanks</p>
<p>i know you did it but it looks impossible</p>
<p>That is the coolest thing I have ever seen. The violin isnt the most exciting instrument the world has ever seen, but you have made this one super cool.</p>
<p>Truly an amazing instructable (sp LOL) be proud of your contribution!</p>
Congratulations! Your perseverance must border on the obsessive. I don't even play violin anymore, but I'd buy one of these.
great job! i play the violin and i totally feel like playing the one you made....its so cool?
Found this carbon fiber violin maker who has managed to keep the scroll work on the end of the neck. Pretty rad. <a href="http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/156894760/violin-carbon-fiber-engineering-and-tooling" rel="nofollow">http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/156894760/violin-carbon-fiber-engineering-and-tooling</a>
lol , kickback fund raising for digitizing an existing violin and making aluminium molds , great idea , i went down the track of buying a CNC machine and making a furnace , so i can sand cast aluminium molds , the machine and polish the surface ( 36hours to get too mirror finish ) , im on my 4th CAD drawn violin plans now <br> <br>CNC ,with CAD and aluminium / diesel furnace set me back , $4000( a lot of work and learning curve ) , lol , less than 1/2 of what hes asking for 1 one set of molds to be made ? <br>
Aussie. Thanks for the great write up. Would you be availabke by email or chat? i'd like to pick your brain on a project i have and it's too lenghty to write here. My email is javier at coachcall dot net
the advantage of owning your own CNC is that the inside of plates can be ground down to perfect thickness , and the out line and F holes cut with out any hands on time
Holy.. If I had a violin like this I'd definitely start playing xD <br>Amazing work!!<br>Should have made the bridge piece out of carbon fibre though. Would have looked better. But maybe there is a reason it's wood?
really nice work, <br>a friend of mine made a copy of &quot;Lucille&quot; the famous guitar, but he played only one time with it in concert and got shocked with electricity, so now it is only decorating his rest room... :(
Who doesn't think carbon fiber is awesome? Anyone?
it is, but it is also really cancerous !
Marvelous! =~~) <br>Congratulations man! You rock!
Will it work without the vacuum bagging process?
What kind of carbon fibre cloth did you use?
2Ktwill , 12kUni , 6kuni , 2kUni , all sorts
A carbon fiber violin by the brand Luis and Clark was featured in WIRED magazine for $5539!
Aussie I am working on a project where the connecting rod of an engine will be subjected to very powerful magnetic fields. Powerful enough that the eddy currents in a metal connecting rod might generate to much heat. Could a connecting be made out of carbon fiber?
Carbon conducts electricity , so will still have eddy currents , probably worse and more uncontrollable than aluminum / steel <br>Maybe a Kevlar blend would be better ?
The question is.... does it sound good? I play violin.
you could use sketchup a google cad program. it is free and has a large following. they have an extensive library of drawings, possibly already have a violin or viola to start from. you did a great job! thanks for your instructable!!!
no i dont think you could draw one in google sketch
I'm going to have to agree with AussieCFviolin. I've been using sketchup for 5 years now, have been able to master something as difficult as the attached photo, but the only thing I can figure the program doing with ease would be drawing the several circles to create the paper violin shape. <br> <br>Wonderful work sir. Thank you for sharing your instructable. :)
Apologies, the photo would not attach. Here is a direct link: <br> http://i954.photobucket.com/albums/ae25/jbrand61608/Banetumblercamo-7_zps2d37545c.png
im using turboCADpro to draw them , drawing up my 4th molds this week <br>i only had a short play with google sketch , with out the type in edit boxes on the bottom most CADs have , it would be hard to position any thing accurately
I was the owner of a small, yet successful, carbon fiber parts manufacturing company in the automotive industry, and I must say this violin is EXCELLENT! Very very nice work my friend! Wow.
I want a guitar like this :3 <br>
I haven't done much with CAD, but from what I have... that seems really difficult. Great Job
I haven't done much with CAD, but from what I have... that seems really difficult. Great Job
Impressed with the project and responses, however the spelling skills are atrocious . Bought a book years ago because of an article in mechanical engineering. The book was a specially designed book of info templates etc. by 2 brothers named Doerr.
Actually I've bought many books but I actually bought 2 of the Doerr violin books and donated one to the Carnegie Library of PPittsburgh music Department.
thanks for the complements , and wow you bought a book once ????
Congrats on being a finalist, and good luck!
I would love to hear it played...
I second (or as other have also requested, 5th or 6th) this request. A video of you playing it?
lol i cant play <br>ok ok , ill dig it out of the shed and restring it , tune it up and play it to the best of my ability , 4 open string notes , i can manage that , the bugs are a bit loud now , but it would be better than traffic during the day , im on to it
Don't do that... Get someone who can play WELL to play it. The violin is beautiful but if the sound quality isn't right then there is no since building it.
well did you hear it ?, oh ,you want to judge the player not the instrument
No judgement at all on your part. Obviously your build skills rock. It is beautiful, I would just like to hear the sound quality.
Instead of AutoCAD, you might try BricsCAD, go to Bricsys.com. It costs $395US &amp; has all the functionality of AutoCAD &amp; none of the attitude.
dunno ,Autodesk's AUTO CAD is pretty well an industry standard , they use it at my work now on a self loading CNC robotic cabinet making machine ( different department ) ,i would hate to learn another CAD that isn't used much ,like the one im using now<br><br>have you seen Autodesk's up and coming Photo's to 3D addon ?? in testing now at <br>http://labs.autodesk.com/utilities/photo_scene_editor/getting_started/<br>unbelievable soft ware , take a heap of photos of an object , following there guide lines , up load them , and they come back as a 3d CAD drawing <br>
Wow...yet another piece of awesomeness that I've learned from this incredible Instructable. You've got my vote. <br><br>But please do answer the question (that preventec47 asked earlier): so what IS the low cost CAD program that you are using?
Why would you pay that much? Check out DraftSight http://www.3ds.com/products/draftsight/overview/<br><br>It is free and developed by Dassault Systemmes owner of SolidWorks and Catia. It must be missing a lot of what AutoCAD has because it is on 66MB but it works on Windows Mac and even includes deb and rpm files for Linux.<br><br>The interface is pretty much identical to AutoCAD 2004 so you wouldn't have much relearning to do.

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