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A stringed instrument from every trendy engineer's favourite polymer. And it looks very, very cool.
For centuries, luthiers have searched for the best possible materials to make their instruments, innovating and exploring along the way. And here's a great example from our time.
Belgian instrument-builder, Tim Duerinck is undertaking a research project investigating the possibilities of flax, carbon, aramid and more in violin making. As part of his project, he has created a cello from carbon fibre.
Carbon fibre is a polymer and a very strong, lightweight material. It's favoured by engineers who want strong, light and intricate material, and it can be found everywhere from airplanes and cars to sporting goods and, now, orchestras.
Tim made a time-lapse video showing the entire process, beginning with a glass fibre mould, through to making the carbon fibre parts and finally the assembly of the instrument.
And the result is stunning. Just look at it:
Preparing the soundpost I just had to take this quick shot to share this view with you. :DPosted by Atelier Tim K. Duerinck on Friday, 16 November 2018
Tim keeps a detailed diary of his creations on his Facebook page – discover more by following him here.