Cheapest Violin Bridge

Tired of you violin bridge breaking and you don't have enough time to find a music shop, just print it.
Using a 3D printer download this file:

Just print it and now you will be able to be on time to your concerts

Make sure that you make it 100% fill and print it on the side with more surface area,
Cut out the grooves with a hot metal rod or a knife.
Depending on the plastic, the sound will be different.



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    9 Discussions


    3 years ago on Introduction

    Violin bridges are made of maple, with transverse grain. This wood has a flexing property based upon hard and soft growth rings. The bridge itself is a very elaborate "spring" which transmits the string vibrations to the resonant body of the instrument. The feet are meticulously fit to the violin top, and the bridge's "heart", "kidneys" and "legs" are custom trimmed to optimize volume and tone. The tapering thickness of the bridge is an art. All this being said, 3D prnting a universal violin bridge out of plastic (or the suggested sawdust/resin combo) seems overly optimistic. Even real wooden high-quality bridge-blanks bought through music shops are just that: blanks, which need to be individually tailored. I support the Instructable spirit here, but I have to invoke my general argument against 3D printing for its nagating of material properties and idiosyncratic form. Some things, even in this world of 3D printing and self-driving cars, are actually specific, irregular and needy of artistic judgement. Just sayin'.

    Pure Carbon

    4 years ago on Introduction

    when a violin is made the bridge is hand carved specifically for that violin you can't just print off one, but what you can do is get a 3d scanner and scan your bridge to get the exact shape and size and then print it. Other than that very nice idea.

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    IF you have a nice violin, yeah. if you're playing a violin in highschool or a college band, i rather doubt that. in which case, the bridge is probably cheap as hell.

    You can print in wood, but I don't have the wood filament so I couldn't do that. The violin bridge works, but It is slightly muted. Sounds like if you have a tiny mute on your violin.

    WOW, I did not know that exists "wood" filament. Anyway, it must be a fake wood, a nice try. Wood is unique and VERY diverse.

    Maybe that tiny mute could be nicer than the original sound.

    Pure Carbonrimar2000

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    wood filament is about 70% saw dust from wood, the rest is just plastic to allow it to be printed. There are companies working on making metal filament using the same method. the only problem is, the metal heats up not allowing the plastic to solidify fast enough to hold a shape.

    Well if you have one then it will be cheaper to make it. Or if you have connections with a university that has a 3D printer, they will print it out for you.