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ANAHEIM, CA - JANUARY 20: Laurent Bernadac plays a 3d printed violin during the 2017 NAMM Show at the Anaheim Convention Center on January 20, 2017 in Anaheim, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAMM)

They’re printing 3-D musical instruments for students.

The Acoustical Society of America is 3-D printing violins for students. This makes them more affordable for children and adults that want to learn to play.

The society’s Young Artists program is using a specially engineered plastic polymer substance that replicates the tonal quality of a traditionally built violin.

The program’s director, Mary Elizabeth Brown says “Our goals were to explore the new sound world created by using new materials, to leverage the new technology being used in other disciplines, and to make music education sustainable and accessible through the printing of more durable instruments.”

Guitars and saxophones are also being printed.

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