Artisan technology

Three key notes on our production

How do we help you choose the best case for you and your instrument? First of all, you need to send us the measurements of your instrument. We will have all the necessary meetings via Skype, WhatsApp, or in person, to design your perfect case.

We start with a premade mold, and then adapt the interior to your needs. You will receive pictures during the creation of your case, to ease any apprehension. The wait is usually around six weeks. We work with local sustainable workshops that specialize in using technical materials to build busses, trains, vans, and boats. In addition, we have done tests with countless materials at research centers, such as Gaiker, and meet professionals in UPV university and San Joan de Déu Hospital (experts in children’s ergonomics).

Your case goes inside custom packaging so that it arrives at your home safe and sound. We want to make sure that you are in love with your case, so we will remain within reach over the years. You can add extras or simply refurbish the original design in the future.

Ensuring quality

Scientific tests in independent labs.

The tests are carried out in Gaiker’s laboratories.The objective is to decrease the weight of the cases, without sacrificing their thermal insulation.

Impact and bending resistant

The video shows the impact tests, according to UNE EN ISO 179-1/2fU:2011, and flexion tests, according to UNE EN ISO 14125:1999/A1: 2011. In all tests, the required values of impact-resistance and flexion are met.

Capable of withstanding extreme temperatures

The maximum temperature chosen is 80 ºC, because it would correspond to the case in a car in summer. The minimum is -20 ºC. These tests have been carried out at different temperatures:

  • 8 hours at -20ºC in a refrigeration room of about 8-10 m3 of volume
  • 8 hours at 80ºC in an oven as depicted in the photo
  • 4 alternate cycles between 80 and -20ºC (80, -20, 80, -20), of 2 hours each, to simulate thermal shocks

We took the opportunity to change the internal parts that suffer deformations with exposure to heat. In addition, we searched for adhesives that also adhere well at 80ºC and reduce by 15 % the weight of the case under the same conditions of thermal insulation and material thickness.

Both heating to 80ºC and cooling to -20ºC is quite “symmetrical” in time. In both cases 80ºC and -20ºC are reached, respectively, in around 100 minutes.

Fabricacion estuche - calidad Luma Suite

Sustainable: production that respects the environment

We have proven that sustainable violin cases, based on recycled carbon fiber, can be made to reduce their weight without sacrificing current performance. The recycled carbon fibre we use is a ‘short fibre blanket‘ in all directions, and we infuse it with resin at room temperature. This resin is flexible, so that the case has high resistance to impact and minimizes cracks due to cyclic temperature and mechanical shocks.

A violin case developed by infusion (vacuum resin insertion) with recycled carbon weighs 33% less than one manufactured manually in fiberglass.

How it’s done

Awards and acknowledgements

We have the certainty that a good design makes people happier. Therefore, we are very happy that our designer Simone has obtained the IF Design Award, the Good Design Award and an honorable mention in the XXIII edizione del Compasso d’Oro. Together, we enjoyed the Irun Ekintzan Award to the most innovative company, and we have appeared in the prestigious design magazines Abitare and Interni.

In February 2019, Ihobe, Public Society of Environmental Management of the Basque Government, recognized that LumaSuite presents rigorous evidence of having worked in materials and circularity, with which they included us in their official list of innovative projects in secondary materials, remanufacturing and circular economy.

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