An Intelligent Design Explorer for New Violin Shapes

Hao Wang, Lutz Hamel

Abstract

This work focuses on a design tool, the violin design explorer, for classic violin outline design. Our design tool employs an evolution strategies algorithm and can be viewed as a creative evolutionary system. With this system, users without any design knowledge can create their favorite violin outline through a set of simple choices. The underlying violin designs are implemented using the Digital Amati geometry engine. In order to validate the design tool we conducted an anonymous experiment. Four groups of participants were asked to design their favorite violin outline. Design patterns that emerged within these four participant groups during the experiment seem to validate that our design tool works as we envisioned. We view this implementation of the designer as the first stage of a comprehensive violin design tool.

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