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Has anyone here ever ventured to model a violin in a 3D software? In the image below, I have a small attempt whose choice was the scroll because it is obviously the most difficult part of the endeavor. The software used is Rhinoceros 7. I also started this to try to better understand how a scroll is designed. Of course, it's not perfect and it's a bit over the top. I'm also using this project to dig deeper into the software in question.
Simeon Chambers sold me some very light Aspen and a very light top. These ring nicely. They've been sitting around. He said they'd make a great parlour fiddle. I don't doubt it. But I don't know what fiddle to build! Suggestions? Tempted by a high arch, high recurve design. Outline and size I don't know. I can wing the arching, if I have a vision, using Beard's 2/3:1/2 system and setting the channels appropriately. I just don't have that vision. Neither do I really have a clear picture of a big Strad model or a cute del Gesu or the S red violin . . . Something that sets off cleanly, with a very sweet tone, and not needing to be loud. I'm a bit stumped. Knowing what different arching is going to do doesn't baffle me, but has me pondering. Concepts? Thanks!!!
I want to know which CAD tools you use. How steep is the learning curve? Did you take a course? Or do you have assistance from a professional? What's the cost? I learned Euclidean geometry by use of compass and ruler. It would be nice to be able to illustrate my ideas in this forum and elsewhere. Often a drawing says more than words. So, please help me get my ideas across. I am thinking of the illustrations by Kevin Kelly, Addie, David Beard, F. Denis etc. How do you do it?
I've recently been inspired to design and make a new viola. I thought it might be fun to post some of my progress pics to anybody who might be interested... Here's a picture of the plate I joined last week for the viola back. I slightly undercut the notches you see to be about halfway up the full thickness of the plate so as to even out the pressure on the seam when I clamp.